Is there some way to do this without having to create a sub-assembly?
I used this frequently for screws and washers in Inventor and sorely miss it now in SW.
SW will only paste the last part selected and not the whole set of parts.
Thanks - JD
Try to highlight the components and hit the ctrl key and drag, when you drop then it pastes.
You could do a pattern with the parts then dissolve the pattern.
Have you tried the "Copy with Mates" feature?
If you're looking at populating an assembly with fasteners I'd recommend looking into feature driven patterns and tuning you're modelling practices to suit. Will save a bucket load of time.
The feature driven pattern is certainly a big time-saving tool for when a set of hardware is repeated on a single part. Copy with Mates works well for other circumstances.
Agreed, depends on how many instances you wish to create also.
Good tips guys thanks. I just tried the 'copy with mates' function - great tool.
The ctrl+drag seems to give the same original result - 1 pc. at a time.
Thanks for the tips guys - JD
The way I handle fasteners is that I make sub assembly for them. And add mate references to that sub assembly. That way I can simply drop them into the place and auto mate. This way less mate on top level and easier to handle.
For BOM, I set the configuration as promote such that assembly BOM shows them all separate components and not a sub assembly.
are you describing how you make fastener stacks or how you deal with all the fasteners in a single assembly?
Both things. I make sub assembly of fasteners in case there is more than fastener to be used. For e.g. a Bolt, washer and nut. So instead of calling three separate component in assembly, I make a sub assembly of these three and then call that sub assembly in main assembly or next level assembly. So that means less mates and hassle
Try right mouse click on sub-assembly >then click on Component Properties Icon... you see on the right side near the bottom FLEXIBLE select it and OK
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