BOM

Creating a BOM with Part & Assembly Actors in SOLIDWORKS Composer

When working in SOLIDWORKS Composer, there might be a situation were the information that is being expressed in the Bill of Materials (BOM) come from both the part & assembly level. In the article ‘How to create an Assembly Level BOM‘, we learned how to get BOM items at the assembly level. Lets take that one step further by creating a specialized BOM in SOLIDWORKS Composer that uses both parts & assembly actors, and see the nuances in making it work. Where to Start In the example below, we see a SOLIDWORKS Composer file is made of different actors. We have the top-level assembly made up of sub-assemblies & parts as well as assembly groups & dummy actors. A view focusing on the grilling features of this barbecue set has been created. We want to create a simplified BOM that shows the main component groups (sub-assemblies) & a few add-on…

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Working with a SOLIDWORKS PDM Named BOM

A SOLIDWORKS PDM Named BOM, is a saved from a Computed BOM and can be treated like any other vaulted file. Named BOMs can be Checked In/Out, Versioned, and have their State changed. Like other vaulted files, the history of the BOM is captured and can be viewed. Named BOMs can only be viewed by switching the Display of the Local Vault View, to Show Bills of Materials. Each cell of the Named BOM is editable and changed BOM Items are highlighted. Additional Columns can be added, by right-clicking on an existing column. The new column can be added to the right or left, of the selected column. The new Column can be associated with an existing Variable, or Free Text. The same procedure can be used to insert Rows. Once all changes are made, the BOM can be saved by clicking the Save icon to the far-right of the BOM. As…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM Display Types in the Windows Explorer Local Vault

There are three SOLIDWORKS PDM Display Types available in the Windows Explorer Local Vault: Show Files Show Bills of Materials Show Search Results They can be found under the Display menu as shown below: Show Files Show Files, is the default and most commonly used. This is the view, that displays the files and folders, that are part of your vault. Show Bills of Materials Show Bills of Materials, will display all Named (saved)  BOMs, in a selected folder. Show Search Results Show Search Results, will show a selected Search Card and once the Search is launched, will display the results of the Search. Additional Search Cards can be selected from the Search menu, in the top-right of the Vault View.

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How to attach additional leader lines to SOLIDWORKS Balloons

Messy drawing views

Does your company require you to have every part in a drawing identified to avoid confusion? This blog post will show you how to identify every item in your drawing view without requiring extra SOLIDWORKS balloons. When you identify every item in an assembly drawing do your views end up looking like the example below where most of the drawing space is taken up by balloons? This method leaves little room for additional information such as dimensions or annotations. Another way to detail these parts without requiring additional balloons is to simply drag out another leader line from the existing item call out. Once the balloon is selected, hold CTRL while clicking and dragging the blue box at the end of the leader line over to another instance of the same component. This works with multiple components within one drawing view, and also between drawing views. With all instances of…

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SOLIDWORKS Indented BOM with Single Body Sheet Metal Part

When you create a SOLIDWORKS Indented BOM from an assembly that contains sheet metal or weldment parts it will add further indented rows with the cutlist information.  You have the option to show the ‘Detailed cut list’ in the Indented BOM.  For weldment files, deselecting the ‘Detailed cut list’ option will show the total length of each structural member size.  When you enable ‘Detailed Cutlist’, it will break it down into each cut list item with the quantity. If you also have a Sheet Metal part in the assembly it may only contain one body.  The extra row will be included as a Sheet Metal part can have multiple bodies and separate cut list items.  The Description in this row will pick up from the Cut List Properties in the Sheet Metal Part. NOTE: The overall part files in the images below have no Description custom property applied which is…

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How to combine multiple Custom Properties in a SOLIDWORKS Bill of Materials

When going through the process of creating an assembly drawing, it is beneficial in most cases to make use of Custom Properties listed in individual Bill of Materials (BOM) columns. These could be a Part Description, Part Number, Manufacturer, etc. Sometimes, it may be beneficial to combine multiple part Custom Properties into one column in a BOM. For the purposes of this example, an assembly was created using two screws. Individual Custom Properties were made that detailed the thread diameter, length, and type of each screw. When we make a BOM with these column headings, it appears as shown below: Each of the custom properties is contained in its own column. In this case, we may want to summarize the information in these custom properties in a single column. The three pieces of information would work very well as a description for this particular part. To do this, we will reference…

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How to sort SOLIDWORKS Toolbox Components in your BOM table [VIDEO]

Sort SOLIDWORKS Toolbox BOM

Have you ever wondered how you can sort your SOLIDWORKS Bill of Materials in a way that all of your SOLIDWORKS toolbox components are listed at the foot of the BOM table? That was the problem that one of our customers was facing. If you look at the sorting options that are available for a BOM table, you will notice that it is not possible to sort the BOM based on component type. So we have to find another way to accomplish that. Fortunately, there is an easy trick that we used to overcome the problem. Watch this video if you want to know how:

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Lock Column Width & Row Height formatting in SOLIDWORKS BOM Templates

BOM Tables in SOLIDWORKS can sometimes create as many issues as they often solve, as you take the time to manipulate the shape of your table against a given drawing template.  After all of the manipulation via dragging columns and rows to a perfect height, you discover you have to do it again, for the very next table. The advanced formatting in tables can assist us to some degree, as the ability to Lock row heights and column widths was introduced in SOLIDWORKS 2010. SOLIDWORKS 2017 will save oodles of time when inserting BOM tables as Lock Column Width & Row Height settings are now saved with the template! This is only available when saving the template as a *.SLDBOMTBT file, as the other template options do not retain the same data when saved. Getting started Follow this simple procedure to get started with a BOM table template immediately: To…

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