When To Use Derived Configurations in SOLIDWORKS

   By Tom Ayers on July 26, 2023

Using derived configurations in SOLIDWORKS allows you to create parent-child relationships between  configurations. This means that any change made to the parent configuration will automatically get propagated to the child configuration. There are many situations where derived configurations can be used to save you time and improve productivity.

Here are a few examples:

  • Creating alternative designs – When you are developing a new product, you may want to
    create several alternative designs to explore different possibilities. Derived
    configurations can be used to quickly create and switch between different design
    options.
  • Creating production and 3D printing configurations – Once you have finalized a design,
    you can use derived configurations to create separate configurations for production and
    3D printing. This can help to ensure that your models are optimized for the specific
    manufacturing process that you will be using.
  • Creating lightweight configurations for large assemblies – large assemblies can be slow to
    open and edit. Derived configurations can be used to create lightweight versions of large
    assemblies that contain only the necessary components. This can significantly improve
    performance when working with large assemblies.

>>Click here to learn how to create multiple configurations using Design Tables in SOLIDWORKS.

Derived configurations in SOLIDWORKS are a versatile solution and can be used for a variety of purposes.

Derived Configurations

Here are some additional tips for using derived configurations in SOLIDWORKS:

  • When creating a derived configuration, it is important to choose the right parent
    configuration. The parent configuration should be the most complete and accurate
    representation of the product.
  • It is also important to carefully consider which parameters should be linked between the
    parent and child configurations. Only parameters that are truly related should be linked.
  • Derived configurations can be used to create a variety of different types of alternative
    designs. For example, you can create different configurations for different materials,
    finishes, or sizes.
  • Derived configurations can also be used to create different configurations for different
    manufacturing processes. For example, you can create a configuration for CNC
    machining and a separate configuration for 3D printing.
  • Derived configurations can be used to create lightweight versions of large assemblies.
    This can significantly improve performance when working with large assemblies.

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