Mass Properties in SolidWorks are extremely easy to extrapolate and levering properties like weight in a drawing is equally as easy. All you have to do is just call out the SolidWorks property and this makes sure that it is parametric; should you make a change to your model, the property automatically (auto-magically) updates and all is good. In the case of an empty virtual component, this method gives properties of value zero since there is nothing to weight or measure in any way in the part. There are a number of reasons why you would have a blank, virtual component in your assembly: Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a way to edit these properties for the virtual component so they don’t read zero?
Great news! There is a relatively simple way to do this. All you need to do is create a global variable whose value is the assembly property plus whatever value you want to assign the virtual component, then create a custom property, say weight in our case to read that variable. See the video below to see this in action.
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