Join Gabriel Corbett for an in-depth discussion in this video Question 6: Using equations in the BOM, part of Cert Prep: SOLIDWORKS Drawing Tools.
- [Voiceover] On question number six of the sampler exam we're asked to take the bill of materials we already been working with in the previous questions. Add a new column called total cost, and create subtotals in that column, and then then total cost at the bottom and sum everything up. So that's what we're going to do. If you click on the next page here you can see those are what we're being asked to do and then figure out what that total cost is. Alright, let's jump over to SolidWorks. You can see here let's go ahead and add a new column. So right click here and say insert column to the right.
And I don't want to assign anything here. I don't need anything. I want an equation. So click on that top category again, and notice we got this sigma for equation. Go ahead and click on that one there, and let's go ahead and create that equation. So as far as the functions, we don't want any F's so how about custom properties. Hey, there's costs. That's probably useful to have so let's go ahead and grab that cost. There's the cost. And then I can multiply that using the shift eight key or the star key. And then come over here to columns, and let's go ahead and say the quantity.
And go ahead and click on okay. And that creates those subtotals. Then come down here to the lower left. Click on that last row. Right click and say insert row below. Alright, and that very last cell there, let's again create an equation. This time I want to use functions, and I want to just say total. Click okay, and there is the total of all those other categories. Of course you can add in the names if you want to, but that is the final answer. And if you look at the answer key you can see it is 33.64.
That's how you add columns, and that's how you add subtotals, and that's how you add a total to a 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