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Better method for Welds?

Question asked by David Mandl on Sep 12, 2011
Latest reply on Nov 16, 2012 by Sammy Redshaw

I'm taking a look at the way we document welds in our assemblies.


Left to their own preferences on how to model weldments, our engineers seem to fall into two distinct categories for how they try to document welds:

  1. Create a weld bead using the Insert > Assembly Feature > Weld Bead command.  I've noticed that no one likes having a seperate part file created for the weld bead, so everyone who does this tries to make the bead into a virtual part.  (Has that been mentioned for potential updates?  I'm not sure what use any of you have for the weld bead as an independent part file)
  2. Don't model the weld bead, just create a weld symbol annotation.


As much as I like saying that the annotation is sufficient, I do have to admit that sometimes its nice to actually have some physical geometry that will show up in the drawing.  Assuming that you are simply trying to weld items in an assembly (as opposed to welding members in a truss assembly, for instance), what is your preferred method for documenting welds?