Working with Complex Assemblies in SOLIDWORKS


SOLIDWORKS Advanced Assemblies training course

In our SOLIDWORKS Advanced Assemblies course, you’ll learn the best practices and techniques for efficiently creating and working with complex assemblies. We’ll discuss assembly structure, assembly features, component patterns, advanced mates, troubleshooting mates, assembly configurations, and top-down assembly design. By the end of this course, you’ll be able to easily work with any assembly design in SOLIDWORKS, whether it’s large or small; simple or complex.

SOLIDWORKS Advanced Assemblies – Creating Sub-Assemblies

Assembly structure & configurations

As you begin to work with increasingly large and complex assemblies, it’s essential you completely understand assembly structure, subassemblies, and assembly configurations. Using subassemblies, you’ll gain more control over the FeatureManager Design Tree, making it possible for multiple users to collaborate on a single design, and control how the Bill of Materials appears in your drawings. With assembly configurations, you’ll be able to create different, simplified versions of an assembly. Increase efficiency by leveraging a single assembly file to represent many variations of your designs and improve hardware performance when working with large assemblies.

Assembly features & component patterns

Assembly features let you modify components, typically by removing material, after they have been assembled. It’s easy to use a single feature to modify multiple components at once, such as adding a hole through multiple components using the hole wizard or a hole series. Assembly features give you the ability to accurately represent how components will be manufactured. We’ll discuss how to create and use assembly features, including component patterns, fillets, chamfers, weld beads, hole series, linear and circular patterns, and pattern driven patterns.

Advanced mate types

A comprehensive understanding of mates, which are fundamental to creating assemblies in SOLIDWORKS, will help you efficiently develop your designs. The advanced and mechanical mate types – both of which can be created with the standard mates feature – make it easier and faster to put assemblies together correctly. Our Advanced Assemblies course covers how to create advanced and mechanical mates, such as the path, width, hinge, gear, rack and pinion, screw, and limit mates, so that you can control the degrees of freedom in your components that accurately represent their real-world range of motion.

SOLIDWORKS Advanced Assemblies – Belts and Chains

Troubleshooting mates

You’re going to encounter plenty of mate errors, especially if you collaborate with others, when you work with large assemblies that contain hundreds or even thousands of mates. Knowing how to identify and troubleshoot errors will save you time and energy when fixing broken mates because you’ll know if the assembly has a missing reference, is over defined, or has a suppressed mate.

We’ll discuss the different types of mate errors you’ll encounter when working with assemblies, the steps you need to troubleshoot them, and how to use helpful tools such as MateXpert and Replace Mate Entities.

Top-down assembly design

It’s necessary to practice top-down assembly design because it considers how the component you’re designing will interact with other components in an assembly. To ensure that your components fit properly, you must design within the assembly environment. If you reference geometry from other assembly components, you’ll properly capture design intent and your component will automatically adjust to changes in your assembly design. Our course dives into the workflow necessary to create assemblies using the top down approach.

After completing this course, you’ll have mastered the skills needed to work efficiently with complex assemblies in SOLIDWORKS. Earn a SolidProfessor Technical Certificate by completing all of the lessons in this course and scoring an 80% or higher on the course review test. Stand out in today’s job market by sharing your Technical Certificate on Linkedin.

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