So you’ve built this awesome set of cavity and core blocks with the Mold Tools in Solidworks. You did everything in the right order.
- Imported your neutral file from your customer.
- Fixed up the missing geometry for molding (because there is always some thing not quite right)
- Added shrink.
- Parting line
Check, were all good. You get to the end of your workflow and you would like to show your “Multibody Exploded view” new for 2012 and it works awesome!
As a sideline it’s as easy as it is in the assembly. If you can’t find the command type into the search command box in the upper right hand of your SOLIDWORKS window and look for the command. Drag it on to any toolbar you want. My rule is if I need it more than 2 times, it is going on a toolbar.
Back to the point of this discussion. I want to make a drawing with a top level BOM. I take my multibody exploded view in isometric and I insert it into a drawing.
Problem here is after I insert my BOM…its parts only and since this is a multibody it calls it out as 1 part, 1 description. Boo Hiss!
The good news here is you can turn anything into a weldment at any time. So at this point I want to leverage the cut-list functionality of the Weldment feature.
So now all you have to do is fill out the properties for the cut-list items that you want and reinsert your BOM. This time you have another option.So now all you have to do is fill out the properties for the cut-list items that you want and reinsert your BOM. This time you have another option.
It works great and could be used in a top-level BOM of a completed mold assembly. The final results look like this.
Hope this helps,
Computer Aided Technology