## Rounding dimensions to nearest 0.5

## Rounding dimensions to nearest 0.5

(OP)

How can we get SW2005 to round drawing dimensions to the nearest 0.5mm?

This is for structural steel and workshop does not work to better than 0.5mm.

Reason (this is only 1 example) we don't model to exact is say we want to dimension to the middle of SHS89 (Square Hollow Section) it would be 44.5 but if we round it becomes 45, not the middle & can it add up.

We don't want to dimension to 1 decimal place for every thing as this "confuses" the workers if we get 44.3, we would want it to be 44.5 ! & 44.2 to be 44 etc.

Sometimes uneven numbers are results of angles etc so for our industry 0.5mm rounding is what is required.

Can't spend to long on things (model to exactly the number required is not the answer) as price sensitive industry.

This is for structural steel and workshop does not work to better than 0.5mm.

Reason (this is only 1 example) we don't model to exact is say we want to dimension to the middle of SHS89 (Square Hollow Section) it would be 44.5 but if we round it becomes 45, not the middle & can it add up.

We don't want to dimension to 1 decimal place for every thing as this "confuses" the workers if we get 44.3, we would want it to be 44.5 ! & 44.2 to be 44 etc.

Sometimes uneven numbers are results of angles etc so for our industry 0.5mm rounding is what is required.

Can't spend to long on things (model to exactly the number required is not the answer) as price sensitive industry.

## RE: Rounding dimensions to nearest 0.5

Chris

Systems Analyst, I.S.

SolidWorks/PDMWorks 05

AutoCAD 06

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## RE: Rounding dimensions to nearest 0.5

Could they work in inches (even if it was the dual units), because inches can be set to round to a nearest fractional value?

Ken

## RE: Rounding dimensions to nearest 0.5

There is one problem though if you change dimensions on the fly you will have to open the design table so that everything has a chance to update in Excel. If there is a better way I would love to hear it. I really don't like this way but it does work.

Ex. of the ceiling command, =CEILING(G3,0.25)

for 0.5mm you would use 0.5 instead of 0.25, and ceiling always rounds up.

Hope this helps.

Jason Forward

Solidworks 2006 sp3.4

AMD FX-60 2.6 Ghz 4.0Gb Ram

Quadro FX3400 / XP64

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