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Modeling a movable hinge as a single part

Question asked by Leif Nordstrom on Apr 27, 2017
Latest reply on May 3, 2017 by S. Casale

Hey there!  I've got a hinge modeled as an assembly.  Everything works fine, but when I export a BOM, I see each individual part of the hinge (yes, I need to export a parts level BOM, not a top-level BOM).  Because I order the whole hinge as one part, I would like to have the same setup in Solidworks.  But is there a way to set up a part that is movable like a hinge?

 

One workaround I've been looking for is the "Exclude from BOM" option.  I know that I can select all but one piece of the hinge assembly and exclude it from the BOM.  That would work.  But as far as I can tell, you can only do this within an assembly, when what I really need it to do this at the hinge level, BEFORE it's put into an assembly.  I already have this hinge in hundreds of different places, and I can't take the time to go and exclude them from BOMs one by one.

 

Any thoughts?  I'm running SW 2015 SP5 at the moment.

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