Join Gabriel Corbett for an in-depth discussion in this video Question 4: BOM creation, part of Cert Prep: SOLIDWORKS Drawing Tools.
- [Instructor] For question number four on the sample exam, we're given this isometric view of this launcher assembly, and this bill of materials. If I go to the next page here, you can see we've got quite a bit of things to do. So first thing we need to do is open this drawing called sample drawing number two, and then create an isometric view of the launcher assembly and making sure we've got a scale of one to one. Then, jumping over and creating a bill of materials, we want a top-level only bill of materials, we want the configurations to be default. Our part configuration grouping should display as one item number, and also display all configurations of the same part as one item.
We want our item numbers to start at one and increment by one, and we also want those item numbers to change when we're re-ordering the rows. The first column should be item number, followed by part number, followed by the custom property description, and followed by quantity, and then finally they're going to ask us how many of the sub-trigger assembly part number 2222 and so on is in the assembly, and then we have the option of answer A through D, with the quantities one, two, three, or five. So let's jump over to SolidWorks and see if we can figure this all out. Okay, back in SolidWorks, we already have sample drawing number two open.
Let's go ahead and create a view layout, open a model view. I've already got that launcher assembly open so that makes it easy. Just go ahead and drag that in, we'll click on the next here. Here it is and we are bringing in in isometric view, which is great, so here it is. There's my view. Let's go ahead and create a bill of materials. Insert, Tables, Bill of Materials. We know we need a top level bill of materials. Alright, as far as configurations, we want the default configuration, which is good. That part configuration grouping, we want them as display all configurations of the same part as one item, I think that's what they asked for.
Display as one item number, we also want that as well. Down here we want to make sure we start at one and increment by one, and we want to make sure this little check box here is unchecked, which it is. Everything else looks pretty good. Let's go ahead and click on Okay and then place the bill of materials. Once we have that there, we might want to then change some of these column headings. Notice the first item should be item number, which is good. The next one should be part number, but notice the second item is part number; and that could be a tricky question because it says part number all spelled out and that's really not the one we want.
We want the custom property part number, so go ahead and double click on the top column heading. Instead of part number, I actually want to choose custom property and then I want to choose part no. Click on that one, notice the part number did change. Same thing over here. Let's double click on this column heading, make sure we are choosing a custom property and description, which is correct. And then we already have the quantity, so we should be in good shape. Now what we're looking for is that part number which is that 222-32421, which is the sub-trigger assembly; and as you can see there are two of those in this assembly and that is the answer.
So hopefully that answers a few questions for you on how to import a model into a drawing, create a bill of materials, rearrange the bill of materials with the correct column headings and then figure out what the quantity is of a certain item in that bill of materials.
- 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