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SolidWorks configuration/troubleshooting

SolidWorks configuration/troubleshooting

SolidWorks configuration/troubleshooting

Problem: SLDPRT file keeps changing within assembly because it is being used across multiple SLDASM files.

Example: SLDPRT is a 1" dia. pipe with different lengths. This file is used in different assemblies where the pipe changes lengths. The pipe's length can be selected within the assembly, but the drop-down menu does not appear to select "this configuration", "all configurations", or "selected configuration". If saved, and another assembly is opened, then the pipe opens in the new assembly with the previously saved length configuration of the previous file.

Does anyone know how to fix this problem? Is it a settings issue?

RE: SolidWorks configuration/troubleshooting

When creating each config within the part, select each config, then "this config" when changing the length. If this isn't selected, I can see the config's getting screwy.

Chris, CSWP
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RE: SolidWorks configuration/troubleshooting

The assembly should not need write access to the part to select the proper configuration, unless you're editing the part each time to add new required lengths.

I recommend using a design table.

RE: SolidWorks configuration/troubleshooting

Poor part control and poor user training! If multiple users are accessing the same part file, none of them should have the ability to change that part file in any way other than creating a new configuration that works in their assembly.

RE: SolidWorks configuration/troubleshooting

Questions related to SolidWorks should probably be posted in the dedicated forum, which can be found at:


John R. Baker, P.E. (ret)
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RE: SolidWorks configuration/troubleshooting

Its Solidworks - it's designed to make the users feel productive and make new content easily. Solidworks did this by taking off all of the chainguards so that the software never says 'no'. (And it lets users destroy each other's existing data.) If you don't implement reasonable data access and modification rules, there won't be any.

RE: SolidWorks configuration/troubleshooting


If a file is accessed by multiple assemblies, it should be read-only, with differences managed by configurations and flexibility. Look into SolidWorks' weldment feature.


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