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Should I model this as a single part or assembly?

Question asked by Rick Girt on Feb 16, 2010
Latest reply on Feb 16, 2010 by John Burrill

Hey all...

 

As a new Solidworks user, I'm trying to wrap my brain around how to divide up assemblies into sub assemblies, and into parts. Some of the drawings we made before SolidWorks, a combination of machined parts and purchased items fixed together would still be considered a single part. I'm not sure if thats the best way to categorize things now...

 

Take the model attached for instance.

In my previous drawing the whole thing was considered one part. It's made up of several locking collars and some welded together round stock. Its obvious now that the collars and round stock can be separated as parts then insterted into an assembly.

 

But the items in red are all welded together.

 

How would you divide this up into components?

 

 

holder assembly.bmp

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