Use the ‘Exclude from Cut List’ option to manage SOLIDWORKS Modeled Welds

Article by Chris Briand, CSWE updated February 7, 2018


One of the most common practices we run across while discussing weldment functionality with clients is the use of ‘Modeled Welds’ which are additional Solid Bodies that exist in the weldment file to represent the physical mass where a weld would exist — generally in a shape that the fillet bead tool cannot be applied, as shown in the example below:

A typical weldment

A typical weldment with additional solid bodies

Typically the Cut List folder (Solid Bodies) would appear similar to the image below, if one was using Cut List items to apply properties to the various members comprising the weldment. This includes separation of the bodies representing welds into their own folder.

Cut List folders

Cut List folders

The technique that you may consider applying here is a workflow to specifically exclude a number of the bodies from the Cut List, such as those gathered within the MODELED WELDS folder, that can be created manually or automatically, depending upon your settings.

Exclude from Cut List

A right-click on the Folder that represents the MODELED WELDS will reveal options to Exclude the weldment from the folder directly or enter the Cut List properties area of the Cut List.  It is here on the Cut List summary tab, that you will find the checkbox to “Exclude” that weldment member from the Cut List.

Exclude from Cut List option

Exclude from Cut List option

With the “Exclude from Cut List” option Checked we end up with the following in our weldment cut list table.

Cut List Table

Cut List Table

Keep this in mind when you are planning your next welded component that has a requirement for the welds to be modeled directly.

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Chris Briand, CSWE

Chris has been educating and supporting Engineers, Designers and IT Personnel within the 3D CAD industry since 2002, and was adopted into the fantastic team of applications experts here at Javelin Technologies in early 2006 and migrated along with his team members to the TriMech Solutions team in 2021.  Chris enjoys the continuous learning driven by the ingenuity and challenges Designers bring forward. Innovation using 3D Printing, 3D CAD and other technologies, combined with a diverse background as a technologist, allows Chris to find solutions that accelerate Designers, and take Design Teams to new heights. Chris is currently being held at an undisclosed location, near Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.