i have an assembly with several pieces of ss tubing bent to shape and plastic flex tubing. there will be one line item for the ss tubing and another for the flex tubing. how do i get sw to put the total length in the qty lolumn?
There is no super clean way to do this, however there are a few workarounds, depending on what exactly you are trying to accomplish.....
First, if you are using SolidWorks 2014 you can now measure a length of a spline. If you did this for every tube, you could reference those dimensions in a property in your assembly, and populate a BOM table row with them. If you aren't using splines as your path (which you don't have to) simply crate a 3D sketch and convert your path into a spline (tools, spline tools, fit spline), and reference it (as a read only dimension). If you have multiple paths/dimensions in a single part file, use equations. In the parent assembly model, right click on the BOM and add a row, start typing away. The end result should be something like QTY: – 1: Description: - ½” OD SS tubing - 10.37 inches needed.
Second, if you are using a version before SolidWorks 2014 (thus the above method doesn’t work), you can create a dummy part (literally just a part file, without any geometry in it) and give it all the properties of your SS tubing (one dummy part for bent, and one dummy part for flex) in one inch (or pick your unit) increments. Pattern these 2 parts in your assembly as needed, until you get the right QTY callout in the BOM. The end result should be something like QTY: – 10: Description: - ½” OD SS tubing.
Hope this helps.
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