IN THIS CHAPTER
Understanding Smart Components
Using Smart Components
Making Smart Components
Tutorial: Working with Smart Components
Smart Components are one of the better design automation tools to come from SolidWorks in the last several releases. This is functionality that can save you a lot of time; the more standard items that you insert into your assemblies, the more time it can save you.
Smart Components are parts or assemblies that you can place into an upper-level assembly and that carry with them mounting features and hardware (cut-outs, mounting holes, and even fasteners). Smart Components are configurable, and can automatically size themselves on cylindrical parts.
A Smart Component can comprise several elements:
A single part or an assembly that may use size configurations
A configurable library feature that usually serves as mounting holes or a viewing window for the Smart Component
Associated hardware that may also be driven by sizes
A training assembly that is used to define the Smart Component
Some minor limitations exist, as you might expect:
A Smart Component part cannot have references that are external to the Smart Component group of which it is a member
When placed in the assembly, the associated library feature can only affect one component
The associated library feature is limited to one of several feature types:
Extruded or revolved cuts or bosses
Hole Wizard holes
Simple hole features
The setup time for Smart ...