Control If and How Child Components Appear in a BOM

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Maybe you downloaded the SOLIDWORKS assembly files for something that you intend to purchase for your design. The component files are all there (which is nice in case you need them), but when documenting the bill of materials for the overall design’s top-level assembly, you want this purchased sub-assembly to show in the BOM as a single line item. The problem is that you want to use a ‘Parts Only’ BOM for the overall design’s top-level assembly. What to do? […]

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Get Rid of Your BOM Weldment Woes for a Nickel

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If I had a nickel for every SOLIDWORKS user that told me they think Weldments are an awesome feature but they can’t use it because they need a detailed BOM listing with each individual weldment member at their top level assembly drawing I’d have enough money to go see a movie!  If you do the math, ticket + popcorn + drink is going to be around $20 – $25, so at a nickel a piece that’s like 400-500 people.  That’s […]

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BOMs and Assembly Drawings

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With the release of SOLIDWORKS 2010, SOLIDWORKS added some neat features when working with assembly drawings and BOMs.  First off, you will notice that when you select the BOM it now has a big, move icon that is now much easier to grab and move the BOM around.  The best of the bunch is the ability to move the BOM to a second sheet.  They have also added some nice visual cues to it… When you select a component out […]

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Keep Balloon Numbering Consistent

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Recently, I received a call from a customer in Columbus, OH, that designs and manufactures a variety of sheetmetal components for shelving and fixtures.  As you can imagine, a complex shelving design may require several drawing sheets to adequately describe the product to the shop floor.  The Shop wanted the Engineer to maintain balloon part numbering from the first drawing sheet to the last drawing sheet.  Personally, I don’t blame the Shop for wanting their information as clean and concise […]

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