9 Replies Latest reply on Jun 25, 2012 4:07 PM by Deepak Gupta

    Exporting a BOM without needing to open up my whole assembly.

    David Steinweg

      Hey,

       

      I'm new to Solidworks and I have a question that I hope can be answered. I hope that this is in the proper discussion thread. If not I can move it.

       

      I have an assemby (about 2000 parts) that has been getting put together for a while. We are now moving into building an inventory system that will keep track of the manufacturing. Within this assembly I have a configuration entited "Hardware." This configuration just shows hardware such as nuts and bolts. I know I can export a BOM to my inventory system but I really don't want to have to open up my huge "Hardware" assembly and make a new BOM everytime I add a new part or someone else does. I know I could just add it into my inventory system but I really think there must be a better way. Is there a way that I can "ask" Solidworks to spit out an updated list (at any given point in time) in an order simular to below?

       

      Assembly

           Sub-Assembly 1

                Part A               Quantity: X

                Part B               Quantity: Y

                .                       .

                .                       .

                .                       .

           Sub-Assembly 2

                Part A               Quantity: X

                Part B               Quantity: Y

                .                       .

                .                       .

           Sub-Assembly 3

                Part A               Quantity: X

                Part B               Quantity: Y

                .                       .

                .                       .

                .                       .

           And so on...

       

      Basically I am wanting a list of the quantity of a certain part used within a given assembly. A given part may be used within more than one assembly.

       

      For the inventory system I am needed to specify the total quantity of a given part within the whole assembly but also in what assembly it is coming from.

       

      If it helps, each part within the "Hardware" configuration has a "hardware" part property within the custom part property.

       

      This maybe a completely dumb question and I'm sorry if it is but I'm really new to Solidworks so I am still learning how this program works.

       

      Thanks for any help!