Join Gabriel Corbett for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating configurations, part of Cert Prep: Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional (2015).
- In segment two of the CSWP exam, we're going to be working with configurations. We're going to be asked to identify configurations, maybe count configurations, add or change parts and add or change configurations, and basically just know how to deal with configurations and how to apply features to different configurations. So first things first, let's open up 4.1. You can see here it's a pretty simple part, and I'm going to go over here to the configuration manager. Click on that. And so make sure that you're aware of how many configurations there are and how to switch between different configurations.
Just by double-clicking on each one of them, you can see it changes here in the window. Now if I want to make a modification to one of these configurations, I want to first choose my starting point, so if I want a configuration that looks very similar to this one, I would start from that configuration. If I wanted one that started very similar to this one here, I'd switch over to configuration letter A. In this case here, I'm going to use the letter A as my configuration, and I'm going to right-click on it, and I can either say "Add Derived Configuration", or if I click on the very top, I can actually say, "Add Configuration" based on the one that I'm currently on, so a derived configuration's a little bit different from a regular configuration.
It allows some things to be changed, but a lot of things to stay the same. That's not really what we're looking for here, so I'm going to use a regular configuration by right-clicking here, and say "Add Configuration". That's going to allow me to add a new one. I'm going to call this one "E", and I click okay. And now I've created a brand new configuration, which it looks exactly the same as A. Nothing's changed because I've created that configuration off of A because I was on A when I started the configuration. So that's a key thing to understand -- how to create that configuration and then how to make modifications and switch from configuration to configuration.
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