Join Gabriel Corbett for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding subassemblies to an assembly, part of Cert Prep: Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional (2015).
In this example here, we're going to be working with subassemblies and top-level assemblies and building and bringing those in. So, the first thing I want to do, is I want to get these two components here, which is the 5.1.5 and the 5.1.4 and bring them in to my 5.2 assembly. However, I don't want them to be individual parts of my assembly, I want them to be a subassembly that I can then bring that subassembly in to my top-level assembly. So the first thing I want to do is create a subassembly. So I'm going to click on this part here, which is the 5.1.4, and I'm going to click up here and say File, Make Assembly from Part.
I'm going to click on the Lynda Assembly template, and then bring that one in. Now I'm going to do a drag and drop, I tile horizontally, and I'm going to drag this component here in to that subassembly. All right, now I'm going to do a File, Save As, and it's going to be 5.2.1. Save that subassembly, and then let's go ahead and just do a couple simple mates here. So, mate the outside of that to the inside of this cylinder, and make this face here parallel with that face there.
That way, this should be able to move in and out, and that's exactly what we want. Now we're going to take that subassembly, and we're going to bring that subassembly into this top-level assembly here. So I'm just going to drag it from the tree, directly into this assembly here. And to mate this together, I'm going to use the width mate, so I'm going to click on Mate, I'm going to come down here to Advanced Mates, and use the Width mate. For my width sections I'm going to choose the inside surfaces here, this one and that one, and for the tab, which is going to go directly between those two surfaces, is that face and this face right here.
And as soon as I do that, and you can see that slides over, and everything is lined up. And then, once you've got that, let's go back to that Mate command and choose the inside of the cylinder here, with the inside of this one here, and those are concentric, and just that easily we have that all put together. Choose this surface here, with this one there, and then everything comes together. All right, those are the basics for building an assembly, and building an assembly from subassemblies.
He also breaks down the three segments of the test (part modeling, configurations, and assemblies), providing strategies that will help you pass each section. At the end of the course, there are two sample exams to practice what you've learned.
- CSWP requirements review
- Working with sketch entities, tools, and relations
- Using the boss and cut features
- Performing sweeps and lofts
- Smoothing corners with Fillet and Chamfer
- Creating linear and circular patterns
- Setting up equations
- Creating multibody parts
- Setting mass properties
- Working with materials and constraints
- Inserting components
- Setting up reference geometry
- Arranging features to change the part
- Working with suppression states
- Using a design table to build configurations
- Establishing standard drawing views
- Annotating your drawings