Join Gabriel Corbett for an in-depth discussion in this video Assembly features, part of Cert Prep: Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional (2015).
- Assembly features work almost exactly the same way as regular features do on individual parts. However, this time, they're applying at the assembly level and not necessarily on the part level. Now we do have the option to propagate that feature back to the part if we want to, however, we can keep it purely in the assembly. Let's take a look. I'm going to click on this face right here. I'm going to come up here to Assembly Features. And I'm going to go on Sketch first or Sketch. And I'm going to start a sketch right there on that face. I'm just going to make a big box here.
There it is, and I'm going to then cut through this box. So I'm going to go in Assembly Features and I'm going to do Extruded Cut and I'm just going to drag this about halfway through that part and then click on OK. Now as soon as I do that, it's just going to cut through all those parts. So, we cut through three parts with one feature cut. If I go back to that extrude cut, if you look at it, you can see I have the option to propagate features back to the parts. So if I did want to keep each one of these parts with that cut in it, I do have that option here.
I can select the Feature Scope as well. So if I want to choose just an individual part for this to operate on, I can click on Selected Components and then delete a certain component out of there. Click OK. And then only the block here was cut away. These parts weren't affected. So that's Feature Scope in the Assembly. Now if I go to All components again, back to here, if I propagate feature to part, that one, when I open up the part itself, it's going to have that cut in and it's going to be anywhere else that part is used and any other assembly will still have that cut, so keep that in mind.
So most of the time, it's nice to not propagate that back to the part, unless it's really necessary. Once you have what you need, it's very straightforward and simple to use. It's just applying any of your standard features at the assembly level. And here are all the different features that we can be adding at this level.
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