2 Replies Latest reply on Jul 6, 2018 7:18 AM by John Stoltzfus

    How do you manage "soft" part ?

    Jerome De San Nicolás


      Got a question on how do you guys manage your "soft" part in Solidworks.

      By "soft" I mean the same part (same drawing number) with different geometry and used in multiple assembly.


      For example :

           - Belleville washers. We got a part number by size. But in the assembly, the designer need to load the Belleville stack, this will change the geometry.

           - A specific tube or cable. It got his own part number and can be used in a lot of assembly. But it will never be the same geometry.

           - Same problem for O-ring (radial, axial, different grooves), clamps ...


      We don't want to copy the part, or to modify it (this will break other assemblies).

      We are using SW/PDM pro with a good part and drawing number and revision management as well as a library folder (in read only)


      We could use configurations, but this will be painful some time. In context mates can be used to but I don't known how it behave in a multi assembly usage.


      How do you do this ?



      (I hope I've been clear enough.)