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Drawings can be made from assemblies, just like we make drawings for parts. However, most of the time, on assembly drawings, our focus is different. On the parts side, we want to show dimensions and finishes. On the assembly side, we're more concerned with what parts are in the assembly and how they're connected together. Some of the tools specific to assemblys are balloons, builds of materials, and weld callouts. We'll be covering all these in the next few movies. In this movie let's get our assembly drawing started and add some views. To do so, notice how I'm going to preview the assembly and what we have in it. You can see over here I have a couple of components that are the same components.
We have multiples of those. We have a bunch of hardware in here that's grayed out and a couple other components in this little sub assembly here, and what I'm going to do is I'm going to go up here to File and Make Drawings From Assembly, just like we would for a part. Click on OK, choose a template, and click OK. Now, if you have a couple of views that, automatically, get loaded into the drawing template. If you want to get rid of em, just go ahead and click on either one of them. Hit delete. I'll take those out of the drawing view, and we can get those out. If you want to bring a different view in, you can always come over here to the view pallet. And, choose one.
I'm a happen to choose this right view and drag that in. And, notice, as soon as I bring that in, it automatically turns on the projection mode. So, I can place another view here. And, maybe an isometric view. I'm happy with that, click on escape to bring us back to the regular drawing view. And these are a little big so I might want to change the scale. Right mouse button, click on properties, and change the scale from two to one, maybe just to one to one and click OK. Makes it a little bit smaller and a little bit easier to fit on the page. Most of the time if you brought a part into a drawing you'd want to add dimensions and add some other notes about how to build the part.
When you're working with assemblies, in this case here, we're more concerned with what hardware is in the part, how to connect the parts together, and what parts are available here in this assembly, so that's when we want to add in build materials, we might want to add balloons that point out the different individual items. And if we have some specialty things we need to do, we might do a section cut to show some interior detail in the design. And we'll be getting to that in the next few movies. The same tools are available both for part and assembly drawings. However, when we're making assembly documentation, we should focus on what parts are in the assembly, and how they are attached.
Hardware generally plays a big part in assemblies, and good descriptions can really help out.
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