3 Weldment Topics Weldment Profiles - Setup 3dSketching & How to Select LinesGroups v MembersCustom ProfilesCustom Properties (Tab Builder)WoodWeldment w/ Sheet MetalWeldment with no MembersDrawings – Cut Lists, Single BodiesWeldment TopicsTopics
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5 Weldment Profiles - Setup Setup network location for Weldment ProfilesFolders must be setup in correct orderTools > Options > File Locations > Weldment ProfilesDesign LibrarySolidWorks ContentCTRL+Click to downloadSetting up folder structure to contain your Weldment Profiles.
6 3DSketching & Sketch Considerations Quick 3DSketch TipsSketch line & selection considerationsUsing a single 3DSketch can do wonders for your Weldment. Start with your basic design shape. Then when you need to add to the structure, just modify the initial 3DSketch to add the lines needed. This will help with FeatureTree efficiency plus it won’t create relations throughout the tree which will allow easier future editing.Planar Connected end to endIndividual SegmentsDisconnected ParallelCan’t select at intersection
7 Groups & MembersOrder of selection in groups determines how segments will be trimmedFirst selected will stay full lengthLast select will be trimmed to meet first2010 introduced use of Groups. When using same profile, you can select all structure member lines in one feature. Using standard selection methods, select lines for a group, then use New Group to start next group.All member will trim to terminating faces with usual Trim Order and Miter/End Butt controls
8 Custom Profiles Use existing, modify Use Dimensions to drive DescriptionFrom scratch – Save As Library FeatureAsked to create “simplified library feature part” – NOAfter created – Add Sketch to LibraryNo Green L and you get “Empty Library Feature” error when using profileModifying an existing Profile is the easiest way to make a new ProfileUse linking to dimensions in the description to capture profile Height/Width
9 Custom Properties Property Tab builder Must select Cut-List Item to apply Weldment Custom Formotherwise it will default to part formAdding Properties to ProfilesBulk Property Update via Weldment FeatureMultiple MaterialsTo have the Property Tab work, you must select the Cut-list itemTo define a material per memberExpand the Cut-List folder so you can see the structural members listed outRMB on the structural member and you’ll see the Define Material option
10 Wood No real profile database exists – create your own Can use Weldments without using Structural Members
11 Weldments & Sheet Metal New to SolidWorks 2010Sheet Metal parts now get a Cut-ListMultiple Sheet Metal bodies in one partJust start a new Base-Flange to start a new Sheet Metal body.Edge Flanges can now terminate at existing edges. If this terminates in a second body, it will combine those bodies into one.
12 Weldments without Weldments Don’t always have to use structural members to take advantage of Weldment toolsInsert just the Weldment FeatureTurns off Merge ResultInsert > PartInserts part as if it were welded – custom properties follow overCut-list turn into “psuedo” part BOM