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difficultone (Industrial) (OP)
3 Jul 10 14:52
Can this be done in SolidWorks? If so how do you do it?  
CorBlimeyLimey (Mechanical)
3 Jul 10 16:10
If the dimension was placed using the Insert > Model Items method, just double click the value and type the new value in the Modify box. Doing this will affect the model size.

If the dimension was placed manually using the Dimension tool, a single click will open the Dimension Manager, and the Primary Value > Override value option can be used.
Doing this will not affect the model size.
IMO this option should never be used to change a value. It is a bad practice hang-over from 2D drawing packages.

See also;

Dimension Value PropertyManager
http://help.solidworks.com/2010/English/SolidWorks/sldworks/LegacyHelp/Sldworks/Detailing/HIDD_DVE_DIMENSION_VALUE.htm

Dimension Palette
http://help.solidworks.com/2010/English/SolidWorks/sldworks/AllContent/SolidWorks/Core/Detailing/HIDD_ON_SCREEN_DIM_DIALOG.htm?id=f28e5c1b272342cf97ac062a7a262333#Pg0

Modify Dimension
http://help.solidworks.com/2010/English/SolidWorks/sldworks/LegacyHelp/Sldworks/Detailing/HIDD_DYNPARAM_TOOLS_DLG.htm?id=ab6c1ecdecd44f99bd8e13803f14ea82#Pg0
difficultone (Industrial) (OP)
3 Jul 10 16:40
Okay I get the difference. I added a model view to the sheet and then dimensioned it. When I double click on the dimension I don't get a dialog box to change the dimension so the part will update.

???
difficultone (Industrial) (OP)
3 Jul 10 17:43
Model Items does what I want.  
Updraft (Mechanical)
4 Jul 10 11:08
difficultone,

You would serve yourself well to go through the SWX tutorials, especially the drawing section.  What you have asked for is a simple capability of SWX.  If you go through the tutorials you'll find many other capabilities that will dramatically reduce your workload.

- - -Updraft
fcsuper (Mechanical)
6 Jul 10 19:51
I concur.  Based on your simple question, the answers could've gone in two completely different directions.   

Matt Lorono
Lorono's SolidWorks Resources & SolidWorks Legion

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CorBlimeyLimey (Mechanical)
6 Jul 10 20:15
difficultone,

While drawing dimensions can be used to drive the models feature sizes, it is not the best method. Changing the features via their underlying sketch dimensions is the safest method, and preferably while in an assy so that the consequences of the change can be seen in relation to the mating parts.

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