Replace Components

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 Change the Part[s] a SOLIDWORKS Drawing (or Assembly) is Referencing

We’ve all been there at some point or another. We’ve all modified a part and maybe changed the name of it, and our references got all screwed up. Typically, we get a message to the effect of “SOLIDWORKS cannot find file Old Part.SLDPRT. Would you like to find it yourself?” to which you can reply Yes, No, or Cancel, with the option to not ask again. This only appears if you’ve renamed the part completely. If you wanted to keep your old part, you might have saved a new part called “New Part” (which is, by the way, the worst name you can give to a part) and modified that, but were unlucky enough to not have had the drawing open when you did that. This means the new name does not get reflected in the drawing, and the drawing (and assembly) still calls for the old part. A better workflow would…

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How to resolve SOLIDWORKS Non-Matching Internal ID Errors

Perhaps you received a different part file that you need to use in your assembly.  Or maybe your original file was lost and needed to be recreated.  If the new file is saved as the same name as the original file, the next time you open your assembly get ready for some SOLIDWORKS Non-Matching Internal ID Errors. What is a SOLIDWORKS internal ID code? When a new file is created, even if the geometry is identical, every face/edge/vertex is assigned a different internal ID code.  Therefore when an assembly picks up the reference to a completely new file, the ID codes will not match.  You can choose to browse for the original file if it has moved and avoid errors. If you select “Use this file anyway”, mate errors will inevitably be waiting for you.  Mates are assigned to specific IDs so mate errors will occur when these IDs are missing….

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