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Should a welded part be an assembly or single part?

Question asked by Ryan Mills on Jul 2, 2019
Latest reply on Jul 5, 2019 by Frederick Law

This is rather rudimentary question but I always go back and forth and I was wondering if there is a consensus on when one should be used when making a single solid part that is welded. I design science center exhibits and the final products are often a mix of wood, welded metal and fasteners. 


When it comes to making the welded parts I have shipped them both ways, But something more complex, for example a part that is part rectangle tubing, angle iron and plate steel I always use an assembly. I feel like I'm spending a lot of extra time doing this. I don't want to cut corners but are assemblies the "most correct way". Is there a consensus on how these should be approached? Or a rule of thumb?