Lean about Alternative Position views.
- [Instructor] In this example we're going to be taking a look at alternate position views. Now an alternate position view is basically just a different configuration of the same assembly overlaid on the existing drawing. So let's go ahead over here to view layout. At the very end here you see alternate position view. Click on that one there and go ahead and select this view here. Now I can either create a brand new configuration at this point in time, which will open up that assembly allowing me to make a new configuration. Or if I already have an existing configuration I can then choose it from this drop down list here. Let's go ahead and use view number two.
Click on okay. And you can see there that one of these little rockets is taking off here and this one is just slid back slightly. So you can see where these positions might be. Now on the exam we're going to probably have to add some type of dimension or some type of an angle to specify where this part is and make sure that you've added the view correctly between the two parts. Now if you do need to go back and make any edits to the assembly, more than likely you won't, but if you click and open that up you can see here these are all just configurations you're dealing with. Here's my default configuration. Here's my view two configuration.
I've just pulled that part out a little bit and put it up at an angle. And you can easily switch between the two. And these different views are what's going to show up on that drawing. Let's jump back over to the drawing over here. Now let's go ahead and add a dimension. And I'm going to try to dimension from this top edge here over here to this top edge of this one over here. The only problem is, it's not going to let me do that. And that is because we need to do a little bit of a workaround, and you're going to probably see this several times on the exam, so make sure you pay attention here. So go over to sketch.
Choose a line or a center line. I'm going to go ahead and choose that center line command directly below here. There it is. And let's go ahead and just snap a line on top of this other line. Now because I have this line here, it's basically collinear to the existing line on top of that little rocket. Now I can come over here to smart dimension, choose the line itself, come over here and dimension to here. And now I can place that dimension. It's a little bit of a workaround but Solidworks is trying to test your knowledge of these little workarounds to see how good you are at drawings.
So don't change its angle, click on the green check mark, go ahead and make it a driven dimension. And now you can see that's the value there you'd be inputting into the testing client. So it's a couple little workarounds but they are testing you to make sure that you know how to do these little tiny workarounds in the drawing environment inside of Solidworks.
- Downloading the testing software
- Working with drawing views
- Accessing data in the bill of materials
- Using equations with BOM data
- Importing model items
- Creating complex views
- Sample exam questions and answers