1 Reply Latest reply on Sep 14, 2014 2:49 PM by Jerry Steiger

    Tutorials for Reference of Counter Part

    Peter Sik

      Hello all,


      I am not sure if this is call counter part. here is an example:


      I need to draw a calculator case. The case has two parts, upper case and lower case. Now I have the SW file of the circuit board with display and number 1 to 9 buttons. How can I open this circuit board file while drawing the upper and lower cases for reference dimension/location of the display, number buttons? So that I can draw the upper case right on top of the circuit board easy. Is there a tutorials I can learn from online? I am sure SW has this function but I am not sure what is it call.


      Thank you.


        • Re: Tutorials for Reference of Counter Part
          Jerry Steiger



          Try searching under "top-down design". There are a number of different ways to approach this type of work. Top-down design usually means that you design the case parts in an assembly with the circuit board. Create an assembly and place the circuit board in the orientation that you want. Start a new part, say the top case, in the assembly (Insert Component/New Part, pick a plane or face for your first sketch.) Now create features in your new part, referencing the geometry in the circuit board.


          I would probably use a variant of this approach called the "master model". I would make a multi-body part that includes the upper and lower cases. I would add all the details that interact between the upper and lower case, like screw bosses or snap details. Then split the master part into the new upper and lower case parts and add remaining details that aren't shared.


          You could use those two terms to search in the forums in SW Help or more generally (say on You Tube) for tutorials.


          Jerry S.