Hello, greetings and salutations
I’m using CAD softwares to make piloted contraptions. I’m looking to use motors, sensors, lights, screens, coffee capsules, etc… Many of my projects have modular pieces/designs with reused dimensions.
The current problem is that to change a dimension repeated in many projects I have to go in each one, search for the right parameter and change it individually. It would be great to have a list of tuneable parameters that feed multiple projects.
For example, I’m making two pieces that meet in a ball and socket type of joint. Currently if I want to change the diameter of the joint I have to go and change the diameter in each project.
With two projects it is less of an issue, but if that same joint is used in a modular design of an arm, a moving camera, a rotating screen, tilting sensor and many others designs it can become tedious a create incompatibilities. Even worse of there are multiple joints.
In other softwares, like Autodesk inventor, I create an excel file were I put my variables and then in each project I create a link to it. So if I change the value of a variable in the excel file, all the projects are updated accordingly and I don’t have to worry about the compatibility of all my modular pieces.
I use Autodesk because I have access at work and because I have a lot of modular pieces that have the same interface. Further more I mention the use of an excel file because it is my current method, but if I could create different and independent parameter lists within shapr3d that could provide this feature I would be happy without excel.
If this feature were to be added I would use shapr3d much more seriously, frequently and for more that just 5 min designs that I can draw in 10 min.
Thank you very much, happy 2024 (even if we are way into January) and happy 2025 in advance