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SOLIDWORKS BOM

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…

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Adding Balloons to a Sub-Assembly in a SOLIDWORKS Drawing

Balloon Sub-Assembly

If you have been working with a SOLIDWORKS bill of material table (BOM) for a while, perhaps you have noticed that there are limitations when it comes to adding balloons to a sub-assembly and its components. For example, if you want to add a balloon to a sub-assembly SOLIDWORKS does not allow us, and no matter…

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SOLIDWORKS Bill of Materials – Link vs Break cells

The SOLIDWORKS BOM typically includes columns linked to Custom Properties in the models.  Therefore changes to the Custom Properties in the model will update the drawing BOM.  Each cell is linked to the property of that component.  However if you double-click on a cell in the BOM, you have an option to Keep Link or…

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Why use SOLIDWORKS Electrical Passive Symbols?

SOLIDWORKS Electrical Passive Symbols

There are instances where some tasks require a representation which do not appear on a BOM, do not have part information and also do not consume a device mark or a device tag. SOLIDWORKS Electrical Passive Symbols are typically created and left in the database to be reused when required in projects. I’ve listed a few…

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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…

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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,…

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What is the difference between As-Built and Latest in a SOLIDWORKS PDM BOM?

The dividing factor between SOLIDWORKS PDM As-Built vs Latest in a Bill of Materials is a Check-in of the selected assembly. The As Built option will show the BOM for a referenced file at the time that the assembly is checked in whereas the Latest option shows the BOM for a referenced assembly, which reflects…

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How to add a SOLIDWORKS BOM Equation to an Entire Column

SOLIDWORKS BOM Equation

The SOLIDWORKS Bill of Materials allows you to add Equations to cells for calculations.  Did you know that you can also apply a SOLIDWORKS BOM Equation to an entire column? To start select a BOM column so it highlights all of its cells and launch the Equation tool. You can select other columns from the dropdown….

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