Is there an easy way to create separate drawing sheets for each item in an assembly?
Can you define easy? Do you already have a multi-sheet drawing of the assembly and parts, and want separate single-sheet drawing files for the parts, or do you not have the parts detailed yet?
I like to have the exploded view of the assembly with a BOM on the first sheet and then each item of the BOM on subsequent sheets.
My current method is to copy the first sheet (because it will copy over my alterations to the sheet format) and then insert the relevant starting view from the VIEW PALETTE.
I was wondering if there was a way to select the sub-assemblies from the first sheet (either by the BOM or by the exploded view) so they would automatically populate a new sheet.
Not sure if this is what you're wanting but let me explain my workflow for drawings;
I have (5) sheets that are part of my cover sheet which include the following;
1. Cover- Engineering Change Request (ECR) - if applicable
2. Cover-Engineering Change Notice (ECN)
3. Cover-ECN-Assembly BOM (includes all sub-assemblies in a BOM)
4. Cover-ECN-Parts (includes all parts in the main assembly - multiple pages if necessary)
5. Cover-ECN/Project Notes
6. Main Assembly (could be multiple pages)
7. Main Assembly (exploded view with BOM, could also be multiple pages)
8. First Sub-Assembly
9. First Sub-Assembly (exploded view with BOM, could also be multiple pages)
10. Second Sub-Assembly etc.....
Once I have all the sub-assemblies in the drawing then I start adding sheets for all the part files included in the main assembly.
All of these drawings need to be populated manually and normally I open up File Explorer and drag the assembly or part right on the drawing add the views I need and keep going till all the drawings are filled.
are you making the same changes to the the sheet format each time? It sounds to me that setting up some sheet templates would be a good start. Changing the format every time you start a new drawing sounds laborious.
The only changes I make to the sheet format are the part name, description, expiry date, etc.
The template stays the same.
These fields can be driven from the part/assembly file as soon as they're dropped in place. Could save you some time.
As for the functionality you're asking about, I don't think that currently exists. I could see an option in the right click menu that says "start drawing on new sheet" very useful.
Peter Blood wrote: Hi Bjorn, The only changes I make to the sheet format are the part name, description, expiry date, etc.The template stays the same.
Peter Blood wrote:
You can set those up as custom property notes (either linked to custom properties in the drawing or the model used in the drawing view) in the sheet format, and save it. Then when inserting a new sheet using the same sheet format the notes will automatically update.
As Glen mentions,
custom properties can drive these fields. Plus many more, all specifying fields can be added to the part/assembly custom properties. A well crafted Custom properties tab will make this simple and consistent to fill in also. These can be created and modified in the custom porperties tab builder.
Custom Property Tab Builder in SolidWorks - YouTube
I'm tending towards the belief that the functionality that I'm after doesn't (yet?) exist.
But a colleague of mine still insists that he saw someone else make the sub-assembles of an assembly automatically populate separate sheets on a drawing, unfortunately he was new to solidworks (2011 at the time) and can't remember how he did it!
(Maybe he'd been sniffing the tipex again and it never really happened!)
With DriveWorks it would be possible...
I tried to have a go at DriveWorks but it wouldn't let me use it!
I'll have to speak to our IT admin to get it working and then I'll get back to you.
I use 7 different formats for every main assembly - it is rather quick to change.....
I actually have one template that has all of the different ones in right away so I only need to add from there.....
I recommend you to check the add in "AutoStruct" software are automatic generated drawing and match more.
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