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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Controlling Sub-Assembly components in the Bill of Material

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Sometimes when working with an assembly you have a desire for hiding or showing sub components in your Bill of Material. There are Configuration Properties that can control this for you. Take the following building block racecar for example: If your company is constantly designing new products using these pieces you will probably come up with some sub-assemblies. Possibly for the figure, axel assembly and steering wheel: Now imagine if your supplier has multiple wheels and tires that can be […]

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3D ContentCentral: Get Those Models for Free

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Most companies I work with use purchased components and want to add them into their assemblies.  So how do you get the solid models?  You might contact the company for the model or just model it yourself.  Well you could download the models for free without contacting anyone by using 3DContent Central. 3D ContentCentral (3DCC) is a free service for users to download solid models.  How is this different than other similar sites?  This is a Dassault Systemes site and […]

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3D ContentCentral: Get Those Models for Free

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Most companies I work with use purchased components and want to add them into their assemblies.  So how do you get the solid models?  You might contact the company for the model or just model it yourself.  Well you could download the models for free without contacting anyone by using 3DContent Central. 3D ContentCentral (3DCC) is a free service for users to download solid models.  How is this different than other similar sites?  This is a Dassault Systemes site and […]

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SOLIDWORKS – Total Assembly Quantity, More than a BOM

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At times, it's important to know the total quantity of items for the complete(d) assembly – not just at each level. While there are several BOM types in SOLIDWORKS, not even the "indented" BOM type will total up the values from each sub assembly for the "grand total" of the entire assembly. Here we'll show how to go about this using "Assembly Visualization." The picture above shows a "Top Level" type of BOM. The item of focus will be the […]

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Weldments and Bill of Materials

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There are many different ways to create structural frames.  One method might be creating it as an assembly with many individual parts.  Another method, which is my preferred  way, would be as a single multibody part…as a Weldment. The Weldment way allows for easy design changes, automatic structural member trimming/extensions, and creation of cut lengths.  This however is typically just a portion of the overall design.  There might be many more pieces that go on the frame.  This is when […]

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Weldments and Bill of Materials

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There are many different ways to create structural frames.  One method might be creating it as an assembly with many individual parts.  Another method, which is my preferred  way, would be as a single multibody part…as a Weldment. The Weldment way allows for easy design changes, automatic structural member trimming/extensions, and creation of cut lengths.  This however is typically just a portion of the overall design.  There might be many more pieces that go on the frame.  This is when […]

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How to change part quantity in a Bill of Material without editing the Drawing BOM

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During a support call, this question came up. The customer stated, "My assembly has a total of 75 wire ties. I only have 1 part file inserted in my assembly but I want to show 75 as a quantity in my Bill of Material. How can I do this?"  There are 3 ways that I can think of off the top of my head. Pick and choose which one is the best solution for you unless you have one of […]

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Paint, grease & other consumables in SolidWorks’ BOM

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Let's take a look at how and why companies are quantifying consumable products in BOM's within SolidWorks. First off, let's assume that in order to get an account of such products in assemblies, customers are creating actual part models of such things.  This might sound strange but when companies are using parametric designs to create complete and accurate BOM's to pass to ERP systems or purchasing folks this becomes a necessary step. So to keep these folks happy, when should […]

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SOLIDWORKS BOM Showing Incorrect Information

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I recently had a technical support call from a customer who was trying to copy an existing project of assembly files and part files to make another project that was similar but different.  They had renamed the files with new part file and assembly file names, but the BOM information which was to show these new part names wasn't.  It was showing the old file names instead.  So after some head scratching, I checked to see if these files had […]

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