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SOLIDWORKS is the world leader in 3D software for product development and design. Start creating manufacturing-ready parts and assemblies, as well as detailed drawings and bills of materials. In this course, author Gabriel Corbett shows how to create 2D sketches that will become the basis for your 3D models. You'll use the Extrude and Revolve tools to turn 2D sketches into 3D parts, then create more complex geometry with sweep and lofts. Then learn how to use the cut features to remove material and shape parts, and use mirroring, patterning, and scaling to modify parts. Next, you'll combine parts into movable assemblies and subassemblies. Finally, you'll create accurately annotated drawings, complete with itemized bills of materials that relate the final parts and assemblies to a manufacturer.
Balloons work with build materials and show where each item is and the corresponding item number. SolidWorks can even auto-blend your drawing for you. To get started, we should already have a drawing of an assembly with the build materials on the drawing. You can see here, I've got this view here. And I've got a build materials with all the different items filled out with their descriptions, and I want to start adding balloons. Now the quick and easy way to do this is if you have a view here, I can click and select a view. Click on Auto-balloon and this automatically drops those balloons on there for you. The only problem is, sometimes it doesn't arrange them quite the way you want.
So you might need to move things around here and get them so that they look a little bit cleaner. If you don't want that view, you can always hit Undo, so you take the balloons back off, and you can add them manually. Manual balloons, you click on the Balloon command and come over here and just individually add balloons to each one of these items around the part. If you make a wrong click, go ahead and click Cancel. Jump back into the balloon, you can easily reattach it. Make sure you grab the hardware, and then we should have all the different items ballooned out in our design. I've got items one, two, three, four, five, and six.
Double check you've got all of those in your build materials. Looking pretty good. And now if you want to auto arrange these a little bit, you can use what's called a magnet line. So you click the magnet line. You can click here and drag that over our balloons. And it grabs them all, attaches them to the magnet line, then you can move this around to help align the balloons and make them look a little cleaner. Nice little way to kind of arrange your balloons and keep it all organized and looking nice. Balloons work with build materials and reflect item numbers. If you reorder the bill of materials, the balloon should automatically adjust. As a general rule add balloons after you have the assembly items fairly well defined.
That way you won't add something last minute and forget to add the balloon to the drawing.
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