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Adding an Equation

To add an equation in the Equations View:

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Click Equations OTTool_Equations_Tools.gif (Tools toolbar).
    • Click Tools > Equations.
    • Right-click the Equations FM_equations.gif folder in the FeatureManager design tree, and select Manage Equations.
  2. Select the Equations View equations_view_icon.
  3. In the Equations section, click an empty cell in the Name column.
  4. Click a dimension in the graphics area.

    The SolidWorks software does the following:
    • Propagates the dimension name to an empty cell in the Name column and encloses it in quotation marks.
    • Moves the cursor to the Value/Equations column and inserts = (equal sign).
    • Displays a flyout menu with options for starting the equation.

  5. After = (equal sign), add a term to the equation by doing one of the following:
    • Type a number or a conditional statement.
    • Select a Global Variable, Function or File Property from the flyout menu.
    • Select Measure ... from the flyout menu and use the Measure Tool to create the term.

    A PM_OK.gif appears in the cell to indicate that the syntax is valid.

  6. Type + (plus), - (minus) or another mathematical symbol.
  7. Add another term to the equation.
  8. When the equation is complete, click PM_OK.gif.

    The solution to the equation appears in the Evaluates to column and the cursor moves to the next cell in the Comments column.

  9. Add comments to document your design intent.
  10. Click OK to close the dialog box.

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