With the Bill of Materials, there is an underlining concept of level of details you want. Depending of whom is going to use the BOM, you need to adjust the zoom level. To each line in a BOM corresponds something that you need to get with one way or another. Buying it or manufacturing it yourself won’t be done with the same level of details. This is the concept of the Scope of Supply: the more you zoom, the more lines you have in your BOM, the more components you have to source yourself.
Configurations are very useful when you want to show different positions in an assembly, to have similar parts with different sizes in a family, when you want to hide something specific in a drawing, etc… But like file names, the configurations names are used by SolidWorks as an identifier, as a reference. If that name is changed, an assembly or a drawing using it will throw an error.Continue reading