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BOM quantities when actual quantity is different than model

Question asked by Eric Snyder on Dec 12, 2019
Latest reply on Mar 3, 2020 by Elmar Klammer

Using PDM.


If you have an assembly that has 100 screws it is incredibly tedious and really slows the model down to insert 100 screws and mate them all. Doing that also bloats the model unnecessarily. I have used the toolbox in the past and smart fasteners but that also slows the regenerate down and it seems like the smart fastener seems to make quite a few mistakes on guessing what to use where.


My solution to this is to insert screw part models just in the areas that I need to check clearances. Now I have 4 screws in the model rather than 100. This works just fine except the BOM now has a wrong quantity in PDM.


What are the various ways that you smarter, more experienced Solidworks users have found to solve the BOM quantity issue? I'd be nice to have an accurate BOM on these kinds of components.


Also, this problem exists with other components as well, I just used screws as an example.