Recently my company switched to the CAD software Solid Works. In general, I enjoy using this software a bit more than our previous antiquated version of Solid Edge. But today I came across one of the most confusing error messages I’ve ever seen.
I was happily dimensioning a part within a model when I mistakenly over-constrained the model. For the non-mechanical amongst us, that means that I measured the same thing twice. This tends to confuse modeling programs because they don’t know which of my two dimensions is more important. If I change one of the two, which should it follow?
To fix this problem, the primary dimension is defined as the driven dimension. Once you set the driven dimension, the software knows which dimension gets the priority and acts accordingly.
But today, when I mistakenly placed an extra dimension, The software came back with this:
Should I “Make this dimension driven” or do I “Leave this dimension driving”?
Huh? These are all the same things.
This makes no sense.