Hide Table of Contents

Parameters Dialog Box

Creates parameters that you can link to model dimensions, global variables, and features from Simulation or Motion studies. You can also edit or delete existing parameters.

You can use parameters in Design Studies and link them to variables that can be changed with each iteration of an evaluation or optimization design scenario.

To access the Parameters dialog box, click Insert > Design Study > Parameters.

You can also view defined parameters in the Parameters node of the Simulation study tree.

  Name Type a name of the parameter.
  Category Selects the type of the parameter from one of the following:
Model dimension
Linear, angular, or pattern instances
Global Variable
Define global variables in the Add Equation dialog box.
Study properties, Material, Mesh, Loads, Fixtures, Shells, Contact
Study properties, Motors, Springs and Dampers, Contact
  Value Shows the numeric value of the parameter.
  Comment Shows descriptive information about the parameter.
  Linked Shows an asterisk , when the parameter is linked to a component.


  Value Type a numeric value of the parameter
  Expression Select to type an expression that defines the parameter. You can use a combination of operators, mathematical functions, constants or previously defined parameters to define an expression.
The units of the expression must be compatible with the defined parameter. For example, if you defined p = 50 psi, and A = 5 cm2, then you can properly define a force F = 3*P*A. It is not correct to define F with dimensionally incorrect terms such as A, 5*A2 , P, P2 , or P/A.
  Units Select the units for the numeric value of the parameter. List of available units is filtered according to the selected feature.
  Comment (optional) Type additional descriptive information about the parameter.


  Item Selection Select a feature from the Simulation or Motion tree to link to the parameter. You can select more than one feature of the same type to link to one parameter.
You can also link similar features from different studies to one parameter. For example, you can link one parameter to the magnitude of Force 1 in study 1 and also the magnitude of Force 2 in study 2.
  Component Link Filters the available components according to the selected feature in the Simulation or Motion tree. Select the desired component from the list to link to the parameter.

Provide feedback on this topic

SOLIDWORKS welcomes your feedback concerning the presentation, accuracy, and thoroughness of the documentation. Use the form below to send your comments and suggestions about this topic directly to our documentation team. The documentation team cannot answer technical support questions. Click here for information about technical support.

* Required

Subject:   Feedback on Help Topics
Page:   Parameters Dialog Box
*   I acknowledge I have read and I hereby accept the privacy policy under which my Personal Data will be used by Dassault Systèmes

Print Topic

Select the scope of content to print:


We have detected you are using a browser version older than Internet Explorer 7. For optimized display, we suggest upgrading your browser to Internet Explorer 7 or newer.

 Never show this message again

Web Help Content Version: SOLIDWORKS 2012 SP05

To disable Web help from within SOLIDWORKS and use local help instead, click Help > Use SOLIDWORKS Web Help.

To report problems encountered with the Web help interface and search, contact your local support representative. To provide feedback on individual help topics, use the “Feedback on this topic” link on the individual topic page.