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Design Table Automation


Design Tables in SolidWorks are powered using Microsoft Excel. With Design Tables and Excel, it is possible to manipulate:

Parts only

i. Feature state

i. Configuration of Split Part

ii. Properties

iii. Dimension Values

iv. Model color

Assemblies only

i. Component state

ii. Mate state

iii. Referenced Configuration

iv. Expand in BOM

v. Display State

vi. Assembly feature state (cuts)

General Parts and Assemblies

i. Dimension values

ii. Tolerance type

iii. BOM part number

iv. Configuration specific properties

v. Model color

vi. Linear and Radial Pattern Spacing and instances

Advanced Parts and Assemblies

i. Derived Configurations

ii. Lighting state

iii. Equation state

iv. Sketch relationship state

v. Mass properties

vi. Center of gravity


Create Model


Edit names of Features, dims and Mates

Insert Design Table and add affected Names, features, Dim and Mates


*You can choose auto-create and select properties that we will include in design table. You can also add it later inside the table

Create and isolate workable table

*Note that you can open the design table in MS Excel

Create Useful List and validate the data

Create useful equation/ formula


Hide all except for Workable table

Save and close the design table

Open the design table and change the data

Close the design table and update


Close the design table and update


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Books about Sheet Metal

Accepted Industry Practices for Sheet Metal Lagging. 1st ed. Chantilly, VA: Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association, 2002. Print.

Architectural Sheet Metal Manual. 6th ed. Chantilly, VA: Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association, c2003. Print.

Banabic, Dorel. Sheet Metal Forming Processes: Constitutive Modelling and Numerical Simulation. 1st ed. New York: Springer, 2010. Print.

Boljanovic, Vukota. Sheet Metal Forming Processes and Die Design. New York: Industrial Press, c2004. Print.

Demeri, Mahmoud Y., ed. Innovations in Processing and Manufacturing of Sheet Materials: Proceedings, the Second Global Symposium on Innovations in Materials Processing and Manufacturing: Sheet Metals. Warrendale, PA: TMS, c2001. Print.

Geiger, M., et al, eds. Sheet Metal 2005: Proceedings of the 11th International Conference: Held at the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, 05-08 April, 2005. Enfield, NH: Trans Tech Publications, c2005. Print.

Gingery, David J. Sheet Metal Technology. Ed. Vincent R. Gingery. Rogersville, MO: DJ Gingery, c2005. Print.

Jones, Travis, and Neil Munro. Mastering Sheet Metal Design with Autodesk Inventor. Clifton Park, NY: Delmar Learning, c2002. Print.

Joseph, Matt. Automotive Sheet Metal Forming & Fabrication. North Branch, MN: CarTech, c2011. Print.

Meyer, Leo A. Sheet Metal. 2nd ed. Homewood, Illinois: American Technical Publishers, c2006. Print.

Micari, F., et al, eds. Sheet Metal 2007: Proceedings of the 12th International Conference Held at the University of Palermo, Italy, April 1st-4th 2007. UK: Trans Tech Publications, c2007. Print.

Miller, Rex, and Mark R. Miller. Sheet Metal Skills: Tools, Materials, and Processes. Tinley Park, Illinois: Goodheart-Willcox, c2011. Print.

National Center for Construction Education and Research. Sheet Metal Trainee Guide. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2003 Print.

NCCER. Sheet Metal, Trainee Guide. 3rd ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2009. Print.

Paul, Eddie. Sheet Metal Fabrication: Techniques and Tips for Beginners and Pros. Minneapolis, MN: Motorbooks, 2008. Print.

Remus, Timothy. Advanced Sheet Metal Fabrication. Stillwater, MN: Wolfgang Publications, 2003. Print.

Remus, Timothy, and Rob Roehl. Sheet Metal Fabrication Basics. Stillwater, MN: Wolfgang Publications, 2007. Print.

Remus, Timothy. Sheet Metal Bible. Stillwater, MN: Wolfgang Productions, 2010. Print.

Residential Sheet Metal Guidelines. 1st ed. Chantilly, VA: Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association, c2001. Print.

Sheet Metal. 3rd ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Prentice Hall, c2008. Print.

Sheet Metal Building Products. Boca Raton, Florida: Catalina Research, c2005. Print.

Shirvani, B., et al, eds. Sheet Metal 2009: Selected, Peer Reviewed Papers from the 13th International Conference on Sheet Metal, Held at the Birmingham City University, United Kingdom, 6th-8th April 2009. Enfield, NH: Trans Tech Publications, c2009. Print.

Tang, Sing C., and Jwo Pan. Mechanics Modeling of Sheet Metal Forming. Warrendale, PA: SAE International, c2007. Print.

Wendes Systems. Mechanical Estimating Manual: Sheet Metal, Piping, and Plumbing. Ed. Joseph D’Amelio. Boca Raton, FL: Distributed by CRC Press/Taylor & Francis, c2007. Print.