SOLIDWORKS: Exploded view in a Multi Body part

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I took a call the other day from a customer working in a Multi Body Sheet Metal part within SOLIDWORKS. His part also contained an exploded configuration with an exploded view. See below. While he was in the exploded configuration, with the exploded view activated, he did a RMB click on the Cut List and could not find Save Bodies. Notice above, no Save Bodies Command. In order to activate the Save Bodies Command: 1) Activate the Default Configuration or […]

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Strengthening Ribs in Sheetmetal – pt 2 !

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This is a follow-up post to a question that I was asked recently about THIS blog entry: http://www.3dvision.com/wordpress/2012/04/14/strengthening-ribs-in-sheetmetal-new-in-sw2012/   The question was basically “HOW do I MAKE a rib like that ?” Easy ! Start out with this:   Then create your “Rib TOOL” as a separate BODY in the file…        Then you can use the INSERT–FEATURES–INDENT command to use that “Rib Tool” body to create the indentation in the sheet metal part. You will then of course […]

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Multi-Body Design Library Features

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New for SOLIDWORKS 2013 is the capability to store library features as multi-body files.  This works great for adding plates and mounting feet to weldment part files.  The process for making one of these library features couldn’t be easier.  I’m going to walk you through the steps for making a foot plate to insert inside of a rectangular structural profile. First you want to make a base extruded feature in a new part to simulate the type of placement you […]

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