have been asked to convert assemblies to weldments by client. I have followed the tutorial but my parts are already created and wanted to know if anyone can tell me how to convert my existing parts rather than rebuilding them.
I'm not so sure you can. You'd first have to convert your assembly into a multi-body part and then somehow change your extrudes, which probably used closed sketches, into weldment features that utilize single line segments for their paths. Not the answer you were probably looking for...
Yes Jeff, i have been reading a bit further and it does seem like I will be rebuilding these items rather than trying to convert them. Seems like it will take just as much time rebuilding as it would converting.
Do you know where i can go to find out information on how to use single line segments into a weldment. the tutorial does not cover that part
Check the SolidWorks tutorial on Weldments to get you started, then feel free to come back here with specific questions.
I always use weldment skills. It's powerful and very useful, but need time to learn. In addition, about converting assemblies to weldments, maybe you have to think more, that is not just converting.
one work around is to "insert" the parts into the weldment part.
mates are available in parts.
You can always save an assembly as a part, but you should / must include "All components".
Each multi body part segment here can be suppressed or deleted.
Some of the multi parts segment can also be further converted to real SW features for direct editing using the built in
FeatureWorks --> recognize features
This part can later set as an weldment model.
When In your assembly, you can save it as a part.
Go Save As then choose solidworks part as file format
All the parts will become separate bodies.
As Einar says make sure you select "all components"
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