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SOLIDWORKS: Controlling Scale Features in Configurations

We all use Scale feature in the model to quickly scale up or down a model. The idea is to quickly change the geometry of the model for various purpose. For e.g. in a plastic mold, components are usually scaled up to take care of shrinkage. The scale value depends on the plastic material. It does not scale dimensions, sketches, or reference geometry but only the model geometry (body). One can scale a solid or surface body about its centroid, the model origin, or a coordinate system depending on the requirements.

Applying a Scale:

1. Open the model you want to apply scale to.

2. Go to Insert > Feature > Scale OR use Scale icon from the toolbar.

3. Select from the drop down for “scale about”

4. Fill in the required value and click OK.

5. Scale feature is added to the model.

You can scale selected bodies in case of a multi body part.

You can also scale with different values of X, Y and Z directions by deselecting uniform scaling and adding required values for X, Y and Z directions.

Now if you have various configurations, you can easily control the scale factor value for them using two simple methods.

Method 1: Scale Property Manager (might not work for older versions than 2014)

1. Open the Model having the configurations

2. Go to Insert > Feature > Scale OR use Scale icon from the toolbar.

3. Select from the drop down for “scale about”

4. Choose uniform scale or uncheck it.

5. Key in the desired scale value.

6. If you have more than one configuration in the model, then you would see another box for the configuration selection. Select the desired option and configuration accordingly.

7. Click OK and Scale feature is added to the model.

Method 2: Design Table

1. Open the Model having the configurations.

2. Insert a design table (Insert > Tables > Design Table) OR edit the existing design table

3. If you already have a scale feature then it should get added to the design table. If not then add the column headers for controlling the scale feature.

4. In case you want to keep the uniform scale, add column header as $X_AXIS@Scale Feature Name and desired value for each config.

5. In case you want different values for X, Y and Z directions, then add three column headers as $X_AXIS@Scale Feature Name, $Y_AXIS@Scale Feature Name, $Z_AXIS@Scale Feature Name and desired value for each config.

6. Exist the design table and your scale feature in now controlled via design table.


Carry your PDF Creator in a Smartphone

Most of us use a smart phone these days. With the busy life one may need to make PDFs for some of his/her document while he/she is on the move or traveling some where. Making PDFs can be a hassle sometimes. But now you can carry a PDF creator in your smart phone and make PDFs anytime you want.

Sonic PDF Creator Mobile

Sonic PDF Creatormobile is a lightweight mobile and tablet app that provides highly quality PDF creation on the go. Make two simple taps to create a PDF from popular MS office formats such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and text. App runs on iOS and Android.

Simple steps to make PDF using Sonic PDF Creator mobile:
  • Locate the document (like a mail attachment or files stored on your device)  to be converted on your smart phone.
  • Press (or long-press) on the file you want to convert to get the “Open In” menu 
  • Choose PDF Creator.
  • Once the file is imported into the app, the PDF creation will automatically start.
  • Once the PDF creation process is done, your newly created PDF file will be
    located in the PDF Creator list.

Retrieving And Sharing Your Converted File

a) Tap on the PDF file to open it (Note: In case of Android, you must have a viewer installed that can open PDF files)

b) To share your file, tap on the Share icon Share PDF to access a list of sharing services available

Share PDF

Sonic PDF Creatormobile is available for Android and iOS (click on the pictures below to download the installer/application file)
 for iPhone and iPad                    for Android
Check the Quick Start Guide based on your version of smartphone:
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PDFCreator generates accurate and high quality PDF files on the go from any device running iOS or Android. Instantly create PDF files from Microsoft Office documents right from your iOS or Android phone.

WiFi connection or Data Plan is required, because files are being sent to Investintech servers where they are being processed by the best-on-market converting software, and once conversion is over, result is downloaded on your device.