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.
A component is a generic name that you can give to anything in SolidWorks. It can be an assembly or a part, having a geometry or be empty, being a virtual file or an external file, having or not having a related drawing and a related Bill Of Materials. This term is used a lot on this website when the subject applies to any classes of SolidWorks or real world entity.Continue reading
Within a team, having a defined folders structure is as important as having a Files Naming convention. Properly classifying the files helps to quickly find them, helps to avoid duplicates, facilitate backup and save hard drive space.Continue reading
The main purpose of an assembly is to show the components assembled together which translate into the Bill Of Materials with some kind of chronological order. Accordingly to the assembly drawing, to consider a top level assembly complete, you need to have assembled all the sub-assemblies, and each sub-assembly cannot be complete without having assembled all its sub-sub-assemblies, etc… Thus, it is possible to use an assembly not only to make sure that everything is assembled following the right sequence, but to sequence anything!