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Can SolidWorks calculate the visable area of a weldment?

Question asked by Darrin Matthies on Oct 11, 2013
Latest reply on Oct 17, 2013 by Mark Kaiser

The example would be: You have a 6" square structural tube with several plates welded to it. If I use mass properties for the whole weldment I believe SolidWorks calculates the area for each component and adds them together. However, I want to know if SolidWorks can calculate the " visible" area or the area to be covered by paint, powder or plating. So I want to omit the area of a plate hidden because it's welded to the tube as well as omit the inside of the tube.

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