I have a bracket that is machined, then, at the assembly level, additional holes are drilled in the part and nut plates are installed. Is there a way to do that in Solidworks 15 SP 5.0 and Windows 7 Professional?
Yes, at the assembly level, you can add a sketch and extrude cut to whatever part you want to cut
Also you have option if you only want to show it in the assembly or on the part
Al Griego wrote: I have a bracket that is machined, then, at the assembly level, additional holes are drilled in the part and nut plates are installed. Is there a way to do that in Solidworks 15 SP 5.0 and Windows 7 Professional?
Al Griego wrote:
Yes. There are several.
As Christian said, it can be done with sketches and cut extrudes or cut revolves. Add an assembly configuration called Machined or similar to control the original and machined states.
Thanks Christian Chu & Fraser Port. I'll try that. I've been away from Solidworks for a year, and I'm getting reacquainted with it. I appreciate the tips!
If you want to go a little more detailed than an extruded hole the hole series feature in assemblies may be worth checking out also.
SolidWorks Hole Series - YouTube
The holes I need to add are on a cylindrical face, so I don't think I can use hole series features. I'll keep that in mind for other parts, though.
Remember the hole wizard can use both 2D and 3D sketches for positioning. If you select a cylindrical face it will automatically use a 3D sketch.
I tried this to satisfy my curiosity, and it got a little "cranky" with me -
Is there something that I may have missed?
Sorry Todd I actually meant the hole wizard which is why you got the error. So many tools now are very similar but not quite the same.
no worries, I just thought that there was awesome/new/hidden functionality that I didn't know about yet.
it would be cool though . . .
Since this question seems to be answered I would also add that Solidworks lends itself pretty well to post assembly machining. We do a lot of post assembly machining, and the hole wizard, extruded cuts and swept cuts lend themselves to this process pretty well.
I'm a huge fan of the assembly features - I used these a lot at a previous employer, we had a lot of wood parts that were cut on a cnc router, assembled, and then they would be "shaped" as an assembly with a hand router - they are fantastic tools for this!
I rarely use these tools at my current employer, but I saw the post and jumped in to see if there was anything new.
I left that place about 12 years ago, and have only used assembly features a handful of times since then . . .
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