I need to isert 117 fasteners into an assembly, is there a trick to directly inputing the qty at one time? I really don't want to pin it and click 117 times
Insert once and make a pattern.
place one and then pattern it. If you are placing them into a part in the assembly you should check out "Feature driven patterns". if you just want the qty for the BOM then you could use a linear pattern to get what you want
Make custom fastener file (if possible). In the fastener file, to to Tools>Custom Properties and add a property called 'Quantity Multiplier'. enter a value of 117 into the new property.
At the top of the custom property dialog page there is a drop down. Click it and select 'Quantity Multiplier'. Click 'OK' in the bottom right corner. Drop your fastener into your assembly and your BOM will read 117 x the number of instances of the fastener file.
The smart fastener ability in SW would likely to precisely what you want. After starting the process, you choose a fastener type, and the top and bottom stack (washers and bolts), then you click on a face with holes. SW will automatically populate the holes on that face.
I have not used this feature, so I am not certain of its needs/limitations. But, it is possible that there are some criteria to make it work. E.g. your holes may need to be appropriately sized or perhaps made with the hole wizard.
You can also add Mate References and just keep dropping one in at a time, in the proper position. Patterns is a quick way if you can do linear or circular or sketch driven patterns...
As always, we're just shooting in the dark without a model/s or pictures
how did you make the holes? if you have the tool box and the time you could auto insert the fittings but you needed to use the hole wizard to make the holes for this to work right.
Sometimes if the holes are not made using hole wizard I use "copy with mates" but again 117 times will not be fun. so your best bet would be linear or circular pattern.
The "Copy With Mates" tool can help speed up adding fasteners to an assembly along with using patterns and pattern driven patterns on models that use hole wizard features.
Insert a fastener into a hole that was made using the Hole Wizard then use Pattern Driven Component Pattern (in SWX2018) and select the holes for the pattern driver. You will get all those holes filled with the fastener combination you selected to pattern. If the Hole Wizard pattern changes in number or spacing so will your fastener pattern. It is really a fantastic/brilliant feature!!
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