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Configurable Equations

The ability to apply configurations to equations and global variables is enhanced. You can configure equations and global variables in the same way as you configure dimensions.

Previously, you could only configure equations and global variables by suppressing or unsuppressing them in selected configurations.

Now you can create variations of equations and global variables, and apply them to configurations using the Equations and Modify dialog boxes. You can also configure equations and global variables in design tables, and in various PropertyManagers for parts and assembly features.

For example, when you create an equation in the Distance field of the Chamfer PropertyManager, you apply configurations to it by using the configuration icon configure.png that displays in the field. You can then edit the equation and assign it to different configurations using the Equation or Modify dialog boxes.

You can also specify a different unit of measurement for each configuration. For example, you can have one configuration where a global variable is expressed in millimeters and another where it is expressed in inches.

In a design table, equations must be preceded by a single apostrophe and an equal sign ('=). The single apostrophe ensures, that if the equation is exported to Excel, it is interpreted as an equation and not as a text string.

You cannot use configurable equations and suppression/unsuppression in the same model. If you created a model with SolidWorks 2013 or an earlier version, you must remove all suppressed and unsuppressed equations and global variables, before adding configurable equations and global variables. You must also remove design tables, then save and re-open the document file with SolidWorks 2014.

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