SOLIDWORKS Multibody

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…

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SolidWorks Tutorial – Fill an Assembly Cavity to Determine its Volume

In the past articles, we demonstrated the use of the new Intersect Tool for quickly filling an existing cavity with a solid body in order to calculate its volume. That works fine at the part level, but how can you achieve the same thing in an assembly? How can you “fill” the cavity or cavities created between all components of the assembly with material in order to calculate the volume of the “void”? Watch this video and learn how to combine Boolean operations at the assembly level with multibody workflows at the part level:

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Alin’s SW 2013 Pick of the Day – Fill External Cavities with Discrete Bodies Using the Intersect Tool

Last week I showed you how to use the new Intersect tool for simplifying your model by filling its internal cavities. Today let’s consider the situation where you need to fill the external cavities from the Mr. Smiley model with discrete solid bodies in order to 3D print the end result with a bi-material printer from the Objet Connex family. This video proposes two different solutions for this challenge. Can you think of more?

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Total Control for the Bend Allowance in Multibody Sheet Metal Parts

You have to upgrade to SolidWorks 2013 SP3.0 in order to have total control over the bend allowance for multibody sheet metal parts. Note: Many thanks to Anna Wood for making me aware about this new functionality!!! While the ability to control the thickness, default radius and the bend allowance at the body level has been implemented in SolidWorks 2013 SP0, the workflow was not really intuitive for the user (read this article for more information about how this functionality worked in SolidWorks 2013 SP0, SP1 and SP2). Starting with SolidWorks 2013 SP3.0, there is…

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Flat Pattern Views for Sheet Metal Multi-body Parts

SOLIDWORKS has supported sheet metal multi-body parts for the last two releases, but that still came as a pleasant surprise for me. The advantages are huge and clear — you can design all your sheet metal components in the context of one part, generate a handy cut-list and sprinkle the drawings with nice balloons, like in…

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Name BODIES Once and For All

Bodies taking the name of the last feature.

Have you noticed how your Solid or Surface Bodies are taking the name of the last feature applied to them (fig.1). This behavior continues as you add new features and can be a source for confusion. Fortunately the solution is quite simple.

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How to link a drawing note to the material property of a body

Jason Rackley was asking this question in the Solidworks Forum: Is it possible to link a note to the material of a body in a drawing (note)? I have a multi-body part with different materials assigned to each body.  In my drawing of the part I would like to attach a note to each body and link the note to the material of that body so that the note will automatically change when the material changes. The answer is YES, but with a twist, taking advantage of the weldments functionality, weldcuts tables and ballons – as you…

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