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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.
In this movie, we're going to be covering how to create an assembly using different configurations of the exact same part. In this case here I've opened up 16.4-1, which is the same part from the last series of movies which is 16.3. Now what I have is several configurations of the same part. So I have my default configuration here. I have a new configuration. I have a new two configuration and I have this new three configuration. Basically, it's all the same part with just different input values in my design table. Now if you want to add additional values, you can always go back to the table, edit the table, right-click on it, Edit Table.
And just add another row to the table. Go ahead and click OK. Add another row to the table to add more configurations, so you can have really, as many configurations as you need of that same part. When you're happy with it, the changes you're going to make. Click, come back to the main Salworks environment, and now ready to create assembly. Now go up to File, make assembly from part, brand new assembly here. And first thing's first, I'm going to bring in that first part, click OK, and here's my assembly. Now, first thing before I do anything is go ahead and click on Save. In this case here, I'm going to call this 16.4 Assembly, and go ahead and click on Save Go ahead and save the component.
And there it is. Now, if I click on Window, Tile Horizontally, what I can do is I can bring in. Here's my assembly, here's my part. I can drag and drop parts into my assembly. Really easily, now this can be assembly of just these parts themselves or it can be really any assembly has multiple parts and you just want to bring in multiple configurations of the same part. Well what I can do here is in my original part I can click on the different versions of it. Then as I bring that into the original assembly it just brings in a different configuration of the same part. Same thing click on New.
Here it is again. Drag that thing in. And you get all those different configurations. You can have each one, just drag and drop again into this assembly. So I have all the different versions of that same part represented. When I'm done, click on Expand, and you can see I can start building an assembly here from these components. They all look very different, but really they're the same part. If you look over here, you can see they're all 16.4-1 and you've got the different versions of it, and you can see which configurations, stuff like that you'd be using. New three default new two and so it tells you which conversion of that part your using.
If you want to flip from one to the other which you can do is click on any one of the components and if you come up here to the very end which is called Component Properties. It allows you to choose a different version. Just simply pick the version, click OK and that part automatically changes to a different version. Again, click on there. Come down to the Component Properties. Click on Default. Click OK and that part automatically changes. So it's a really great way if you have multiple configuration of the same part You can bring one of them into the design. If the design evolves, you need to do it with a different length. A great example is maybe using a bolt that has different lengths.
Maybe it's got a one-inch, or inch-and-a-half, and a two-inch, and you're working through the design. The design changes, the parts get thicker, you need to change to a different length, just as easy. Choose the part. Click on the part, come down to Component Properties, pick a different length, and away you go. Really quick way to create complex assemblies using the design tables and part configurations.
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