I love to find things that help me keep from having to do something over again. Calculators. Assembly instructions. Programmable lawn mowers.
A great SOLIDWORKS tool in this area is Dissection – SOLIDWORKS dissects files to make their components available for reuse. When SOLIDWORKS files are dissected:
- Parts are dissected into features (extrudes and cuts)
- Features are dissected into sketches
- Drawings are dissected into general tables and blocks
- DWG/DXF files are dissected into tables, blocks and views
To use this functionality, first use File and Model search to search the folders you have specified in: Tools > Options > System Options > File Locations > Show folders for: Search Paths. Your search results will show in the Search tab of the Task Pane.
If you search returns a part, for example, you are ready to drag and drop that part into an open assembly.
Go back to the Search tab and double-click on the part and you will be presented with a list of features that SOLIDWORKS dissected (extracted) from the part – you can drag and drop one of these features onto the existing geometry of an open part.
Go back to the Search tab and double-click on the dissected feature and you will be presented with the sketch that was used to build the feature – you can drag and drop this sketch onto a plane or face of an open part.
The source files are not changed when dissected and there is no associativity created if you were to drag a dissected feature onto a new part.
Design reuse made easy!
Follow this link to read more about it in the Help file: http://help.solidworks.com/2012/English/solidworks/sldworks/design_clipart.htm