Design Intent

Design intent is how your model behaves when dimensions are modified.

An example of design intent is how you create and dimension a hole in a block. The hole can be a certain distance from a corner or edge, or it can be in the middle of the face, for example. If the size of the block or the hole changes, the part rebuilds correctly if the design intent has been considered in the definition.

SOLIDWORKS captures the intent of a design, including relations, parameters, and model behavior. You can draw lines approximately, and later dimension them exactly. You can also change the sketch and feature dimensions at any time and rebuild the part.

In the following example, one hole is fixed, one is driven by an equation, and the other two are mirrored. As the size of the hinge changes, the holes remain properly spaced along the length and width.