Multibody Part

SOLIDWORKS Configurations and the ‘Save Bodies’ command

Weldment Part Configuration

The “Save Bodies” command is a great feature for saving out all or some of the individual bodies of a multibody part to their own individual part files while keeping them parametrically linked to the original. I’ve seen this used for a multitude of reasons, one of the most common being because of company standards and file naming conventions. The other day I had a customer that created their multibody part, used the ‘Save Bodies’ to push out the individual files, then went back to the master model and created some configurations.   Because these files are parametrically linked, they were expecting the new configurations to automatically be pushed out to the individual part files. Unfortunately this is not the case, and so we have stumbled upon somewhat of a limitation with this command (please submit your Enhancement Requests!). In order to have your configurations pushed to the individual part files,…

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SOLIDWORKS Indent Cut feature instead of Combine/Subtract

When working in a multibody part you sometimes have overlapping regions and you need to remove the common volume from one of the bodies.  In this example I inserted a derived part as a separate body.  Notice the interfering areas where we want a groove in the red body. We could use the Combine feature with the Subtract option to remove the material from the red body.  But this would also remove the black body at the same time. The other option could be to make a copy of the black body using Move/Copy Bodies, then use one of these for the Combine feature.  But this is just another step/feature to add. Instead you can use the SOLIDWORKS Indent Feature (Insert > Features > Indent) with the Cut option.  Set the Clearance to 0 (unless you actually want clearance) and it will remove the region from the ‘Target Body’.   Yet…

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How to replace SOLIDWORKS Sub-assemblies with Multi-Body Parts while maintaining Drawing References!

As design evolves within SOLIDWORKS we find many customers have a desire to swap sub-assemblies for multi-body components.  We  could spend some time in this article to discuss why I think this may not be the best idea in regard to overall SOLIDWORKS performance, however my goal here is to highlight a little enhancement that can make a big difference to some users. The Common scenario: Let’s illustrate a scenario where we have a plan to exchange the sub-assemblies place for a multi-body component. If we happen to have created some annotated drawing content from a sub-assembly, before we used to use the “Replace Components” tool, we know what will happen…BOOM! All of the drawing dimensions will dangle and become useless. Preserve Geometry References In order to avoid this, we can invoke some functionality when Saving out the assembly as a multi-body component in the first place. When we save…

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How to Add a Welded Nut to Your Sheet Metal Part in SolidWorks using Move-Copy Bodies [VIDEO]

If you’ve ever tried to tap an M6 thread into a 1.5mm sheet metal part in real life, you will find that the threads strip very easily due to the fact that you will not even get 2 full threads in the material. Clinch nuts are the ideal answer, but another commonly used practise is to simply weld a standard nut onto the sheet metal part. This will give you plenty of threads, and doing this in SolidWorks is easier than you may think! You can do this using a standard Toolbox Part as I show you in the video below, or you can use the same process with any part you create. It went pretty quick, but to insert the nut into my sheet metal part, I just did a drag & drop from the Design Library tab of the Task Pane (tabs on the right side of the…

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