what does this icon mean for the assembly?
Layout, that's about all I know...
That shows that a Layout based assy has been created.
2016 SOLIDWORKS Help - Creating a Layout-based Assembly Design
That is the symbol for 3D layout in the assembly, look up layout-based assembly design.
honestly i do not recall starting this assembly as a layout but no matter.
whats the advantage of this over a regular assembly?
There is not per say advantage just different design intent. Layout-based assembly design creates full solid model assemblies based on sketch blocks. That sketch geometry of the blocks creates parts and transfers the animation. So in summary it's good for representing motion of an assembly.
Hope this helps,
great explanation. thanks!
You're very welcome, happy I could help out.
Retrieving data ...