Identifying the Elements of an Assembly in solidworks tutorials

From Chapter 4, you know that an assembly can contain parts and mates. Real-world assemblies can become much more complex. As the number of parts and design requirements for an assembly grows, you may need to add some of the following types of assembly elements. (You may already be familiar with some of these from having worked with part documents.) The assembly elements are listed here, and described in detail either later in this chapter or in other chapters.

  • Assembly equations
  • Assembly Layout feature
  • Assembly layout technique
  • Assembly reference geometry (plane, axis, point, coordinate system)
  •  Parts
  • Subassemblies
  • Folders for parts
  • Folders for mates
  • Mates
  • Assembly features (cuts that are made once the parts are assembled)
  • Component patterns
  • Mirror components
  • In-context reference placeholders
  • Smart Fasteners
  • Smart Components
  • Virtual components
  • Envelopes
  • Assembly configurations
  • Assembly Design Table
  • Assembly Bill of Materials (BOMs)
  • Hidden/Suppressed/Lightweight/SpeedPak
  • Sensors
  • Hole Series

These elements are shown in Figure 12.1.

Standard reference geometry items

The three standard planes and the Origin in the assembly FeatureManager design tree are all familiar to you, as are the other standard items, such as the Annotations, Design Binder, Sensors, and Lights and Cameras folders. These items offer the same standard functionality of their part document counterparts.


Remember that you can use choose Tools ➪ Options ➪ FeatureManager page and permanently select or deselect various folders under the FeatureManager header. Also be aware that when some folders are set to Automatic, they do not automatically turn on when they should. In cases like this, choose Tools ➪ Options ➪ FeatureManager and manually set them to Show.

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