Opinions on In-Context and InPlace Mates (Top-Down Design)

Discussion in 'SolidWorks' started by SW Monkey, Oct 14, 2004.

  1. SW Monkey

    SW Monkey Guest

    SW Monkey, Oct 14, 2004
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    P. Guest

    You can embed a part with sketch in another part.

    You can also put an envelope part in an assembly to drive other parts.
    P., Oct 15, 2004
  3. SW Monkey

    SW Monkey Guest

    I tried what the person said in the thread above, but since the part
    doesnt have an solids, I cant use it for a base part.

    I currently have a weldment with 18 parts. Each part is looking at an
    assembly sketch. We decided to make smaller versions of the weldment,
    so I looked into using the parts in a new assy. This would work, since
    they are all looking at the assy sketch on the original assy. I then
    decided to make all new parts in the second (smaller) assy, but did a
    COPY of the original assy so I can keep the parts looking at the assy
    sketch. I then deleted 4 of the parts to make a shorter version of the
    weldment. All of the other parts are exactly the same as the parts
    from the original weldment, but have different part numbers.
    trying to solve this dilemma the past couple of days, and a early
    option was to break all relations on the original weldment so I could
    use the same parts in the new weldment assy. This would also delete my
    "design intent", since its in the assy sketch.

    What do most people do in my situation? Is it good/bad practice to use
    like parts in multiple weldments? Im curious to see if some companies
    do this.

    Please post comments/suggestions.
    SW Monkey, Oct 15, 2004
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