i have an assebly wich has many applications based on one part. in other words you change one part and the assembly can be used for another application. how do i link the different parts to the assembly drawing?
A view needs to be selected before the Excel BOM option becomes available in the Tables drop-down menu.
Sounds like you need to learn part configurations and assembly configurations.
I would create configurations in the part and corresponding configurations in the assembly.
i get the configuration part, how do i work the bom in the assembly drawing?
If you look at the property manager of the BOM you will see configuration
selections that allow you to either display one of the configs or all of the
configs in one BOM. Just depends on how you need them displayed.
the way it should be done is to the left of the main bom is your assemblies, then above each assembly the quantity of each part in the main bom is indicated. i used to use solid edge, that program would not allow that type of bom. what does solidworks offer?
Can you show an image of exactly what you are talking about?
I think I know, but want to be sure. The BOM's in Solidworks are
pretty flexible so I am sure you can get what you are looking for.
Yes, SolidWorks will do this. I don't use SW BOM's, for the fact that you have to model every configuration that you want SW to display a BOM for (this is how it was when I first started using the software, someone here correct me if I'm wrong). We have assemblies with 50-100 configs, just wasteful time, file size, etc., to build them all. By the time I got SW to give me an acceptable BOM, it was just as fast for me to make my own via Excel. If your assemblies include things like glue, loctite, or some shop supply that isn't modeled in the assembly, then you have to create a virtual part for it (may be another workaround for this). For the above reasons, we still don't use SW BOM. Just was easier and quicker for us to manually do our own.
There should be some instruction in the help files for how to create SW BOM's.
I'm assuming he means like the attached.
yes but mutch simpler. me assembly is an electrical power connector, it consists of a body, wedge, bolt and an interface. the interface is what accomodates different wire sizes. this particular assembly only has 7 different interfaces. i was thinking about showing one in the drawing view and have the rest in the bom and just put a leader note saying "select interface" or something like that. how do you guys handle this?
That sounds reasonable. I have done something similar in the past except
instead of a note I place it in a table say a general table or maybe create an
Excel spread sheet and import that through Insert>Object>browse to go get the table.
But what you are proposing would work just as fine.
how do i get excel to come into solidworks. it is not highlited when i open the tables bom menu. do i need to load it?. the help just says you have to have excel installed in youe computer wich i do.
Confused by what you're asking, since it was already answered, go you your pull down menu named insert, insert>object, choose microsoft excel object from dialog box.
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