How to Isolate a Weldment Body Revisited [VIDEO]

Article by Jim Peltier, CSWE updated May 28, 2014

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Some time back, I had written a blog article about how to isolate a weldment body for detailing. While this method works well, there is one weakness: the part containing the entire weldment has no “knowledge” that the bodies have been saved out. This means that if I perform a Pack & Go on this weldment, I will not get the parts that I isolated. If there was a feature that I could put in the feature tree of the entire weldment part, then I wouldn’t have this limitation. Enter the “Save Bodies” feature.

Using the Save Bodies Feature

If I right-click on the Cut List, I can choose Save Bodies, then specify which bodies I would like to save out as separate parts. This method has the added bonus of being able to do this to as many bodies as I want, compared to doing them one at a time as discussed in the other blog article. The feature that gets added to the entire weldment part can serve as a “trail of breadcrumbs” when I do my Pack & Go.

This method works equally well for any multibody part.

There is another method if you want to isolate a weldment body in a single view that does not involve saving out the body as its own part (Insert > Drawing View > Relative to Model, then use the Selected Bodies option), but that’s another story altogether. Stay tuned.

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Jim Peltier, CSWE

Jim has been using SolidWorks since 2001, and has spent most of that time working in the design of industrial automated manufacturing equipment. He has been working as an Applications Expert at Javelin Technologies in Oakville, Ontario since July 2012 and is a Certified SolidWorks Expert (CSWE).