SOLIDWORKS Essentials - Configurations and Display States

Save yourself some time by creating parts and assemblies faster than ever. This course introduces how to create and manage configurations in SOLIDWORKS Design Software. Software required: SOLIDWORKS.
Course info
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Oct 28, 2016
Duration
1h 10m
Table of contents
Description
Course info
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Oct 28, 2016
Duration
1h 10m
Description

The world of manufacturing is full of variations of similar shapes. In this course, SOLIDWORKS Essentials - Configurations and Display States, you'll learn how to save time by quickly configuring parts and assemblies. First, you'll learn what configurations are, how to create them, and how to apply edits to certain configurations. Next, you'll see some of the advanced tools for creating and editing configurations quickly and efficiently, as well as what display states are and how they're similar to configurations. Finally, you will get to see how configurations impact the other two types of files in Solidworks besides part files, assembly files, and drawing files. When you're finished with this course, you'll be familiar with many ways to optimize designs with slight or extreme variations. Software required: SOLIDWORKS.

About the author
About the author

Tony Riggs is an Elite Applications Engineer at GoEngineer, which delivers software, technology, and expertise that enable companies to unlock design innovation and deliver better products faster. He received a BSME from the University of Tulsa and has been using SOLIDWORKS for over 18 years.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hi everyone, my name is Tony Riggs, and welcome to my course SOLIDWORKS Configurations and Display States. I am a senior applications engineer at GoEngineer, a SOLIDWORKS reseller that sells and supports SOLIDWORKS in South Central and Western United States. I am a mechanical engineer, certified SOLIDWORKS instructor, and certified SOLIDWORKS expert with about 18 years of SOLIDWORKS experience. As an application engineer, I have been responsible for training, technical support, and product demonstrations of SOLIDWORKS and several other products that we carry. There are several different tools inside SOLIDWORKS that are very powerful. The ability to store different versions of a part or an assembly file inside the same file can keep us from having to update multiple files in this family of parts or assemblies in a much easier manner. Switching between these different configurations or display states can be very powerful. In this course, we're going to look at how to create configurations and display states, and how to put them to use. Plus, we'll be looking at some advanced ways to create and access these features. There are tools to help us make the most of our SOLIDWORKS files. Some of the major things that we're going to cover are how to create configurations and how to create display states, and really how to access these files at the assembly and the drawing level. By the end of this course, you should have some ideas about whether configurations or display states may fit into your design workflow. While going through this course, think about your current workflow and maybe how you can make it better with some of these techniques. From here, you should feel comfortable diving into more complicated courses like In-context Part Design, Assembly Modeling, Sheet Metal Design. I hope you can join me on this journey to learn SOLIDWORKS with the SOLIDWORKS Configurations and Display States course at Pluralsight.

Intro to Configurations
Welcome to SOLIDWORKS Essentials - Configurations and Display States. I'm Tony Riggs, a senior applications engineer at GoEngineer. This is a video tutorial about configurations and display states in SOLIDWORKS. In this course, I will explain what configurations are, why we want to use them, and then a few different ways to create them. We'll start with the same basic methods and then explore a few more advanced ways to create and use them. So what are configurations? They are ways to represent multiple versions of a part inside the same file. They can be differences in models like changes in dimension, changes in features, or even different materials. So instead of saving out multiple copies of a file, you can store everything in a single file. We may not want to open up every single file and make the same change over and over again to a family of similar parts. We can do that with configurations. So that's one place where configurations are useful. They have parts with same basic design and then just a few differences. They could come in and represent different manufacturing levels of a part, so in this example we've got some parts that are machined and in the as-cast version. Other examples might include maybe different sheet metal thicknesses or even a flat pattern of a sheet metal part, maybe opposite hand versions of the same part. We can represent those in configurations. In the first clips, we'll take a look at some simple configurations and get started, and then we'll move on from there with some more advanced topics.

Advanced Configurations
Welcome back to module two of SOLIDWORKS Essentials - Configurations and Display States. In these clips, we're going to look at some advanced configuration creation techniques that can help speed up the way we create different things. So in this module, we're going to come in and look at some ways to speed things up, different than going in and just right-clicking and saying Add a New Configuration, and going back over to the FeatureManager tree and changing a dimension or turning a feature on and off. We're actually going to use the Configure Feature or Configure Dimension tool. We're also going to look at how we can create design tables, create an Excel spreadsheet to control the different configurations that we want to have, and then we're going to use the Configuration Publisher. That's a nice way of bringing the parts into an assembly where we don't have to just look at the configuration name. We can look at more of a description style property manager to bring these components in. So we're going to take a look at a couple clips here and see how we can speed things up.

Display States
Now that you're familiar with configurations, let's move on to module 3 of SolidWorks Essentials - Configurations and Display States, and look at display states. So what are display states? Well, we're going to cover that in this module. We can come in and represent different visual properties, hide/show, transparency, color, maybe even how we'd display the part, shaded with edges, shaded, hidden lines removed, hidden lines visible, and wire frame. So, how do we access those different display states? We can do different display states at the part, the assembly level, you can also see how we could use them at the drawing level. How to create them. Do we have different ones for different configurations? How do we access them later on down the line? If we want to change multiple things in multiple display states, we'll look at how we can do that. And then, how do we use a different one at the drawing level or the assembly level? So let's explore display states in this next set of videos.

Configurations in Drawings and Assemblies
Welcome to the last module of SolidWorks Essentials - Configurations and Display States. Here we're going to look at assembly and drawing configurations. What happens with an assembly when we want a different version of it? How can we control what the drawing views are showing us? We're going to take a look at both of those different file types and see what we can do. So in this module, we're going to start off with assemblies, configuring components, choosing the different configurations for the components that are going to show up in the assembly, and then assembly configurations themselves. With drawing files, what are we going to do with the views? The views can represent different configurations or display states. And then there's some other topics where we can actually embed different information about which configuration is shown in the drawing view. So let's look at the couple clips here and see what we can do with assemblies and drawings.