SolidWorks Time-Saving Tips: Assembly Techniques



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Author: fcsuper

As a drafter, mechanical designer and CAD engineer, I've been in the mechanical design field since 1991. For the first 8 years of my career, I was an AutoCAD professional. I utilized AutoLISP and many other AutoCAD customization features to streamline drafting activities for 6+ drafters and designers. I authored several custom functions, one of which was published in the March 1997 issue of Cadalyst Magazine. Since 1998, I've been used SolidWorks non-stop. I've worked to utilize the SolidWorks' user environment to simplify drafting and design activities for 20+ engineers. I've created this website to provide current information about SolidWorks from a variety of contributors. More recently, I am now employed by Dassault Systemes as SOLIDWORKS Sr. Product Definition Manager to improve drawing, annotation and MBD related areas.

5 thoughts on “SolidWorks Time-Saving Tips: Assembly Techniques”

  1. Copy with Mates kindo does the same thing without making a subassy, right? Just mate flat & lock & screw into a particular hole, then use COPY WITH MATES and select all three, then use repeat on every mate except for the concentric to the hole.

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  3. While Smart Mates are good, a mate reference in the stack assembly would be even better. I also like to keep common fastener stacks as subassemblies instead of dissolving. Some work with a design table allows you to configure the entire stack as one component, and also reduces the number of top level mates. You may need to dissolve the stacks in an indented BOM later, though.

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