Let’s say I’m designing a welded table frame for an 8-station rotary indexer. It might look something like this:
If I want to create a detailed drawing of the standardized mounting plate that goes on each of the sides of that top beam, it’s going to have a lot of unnecessary detail – namely, the rest of the weldment. I could mess around with configurations and display states if I really wanted to, but at the end of the day when I want to create multiple drawings from this one part file I’m going to give myself ulcers unnecessarily. Of course, if this is my company’s policy (the multiple drawings, not the ulcers), then there is a way to do this, but for this example, I want a part file for each part. The Chief (my boss) wants me to “isolate just the plate and create a drawing of it.” He figures it should be a piece of cake in SolidWorks,
And he is correct.
What I’m going to do is expand out the Cut List folder, find the plate that I want to isolate, then right-click on the body. One of my choices is to “Insert into new part” (see the screenshot below).
Done deal! Now it’s time to save this and make a drawing of it. The best part of all is that it is linked back to my weldment. This means that if I make a change to the size of this plate in my weldment, the plate (and resulting detailed drawing) will update automatically! Now I can create drawings of each body of the weldment (all 18 bodies), much to the Chief’s delight.
This functionality isn’t limited to weldments. You can do this with any multibody part using the same procedure (except that it’s under the Solid Bodies or Surface Bodies folder rather than the Cut List folder).
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