Treehouse Part 2

Treehouse Part 2
Posted in: Mechanical Design

Continued from SOLIDWORKS Treehouse Part 1.

When using SOLIDWORKS Treehouse, it is even possible to have multiple configurations of a part referenced in your tree. By hovering over the part or assembly icon in the perspective tree, it will show hidden icons. In the top left corner of the part or assembly that you are hovering over, an icon to switch which configuration you are working in will appear. In order to switch the configuration being used, just click on the icon and change to the proper configuration in the menu that it supplies or use the add/ remove a configuration option. Also, when hovering over these icons you may notice that there is a document properties selection available. This selection will bring up the Properties menu with information about the model, and allow the user to add comments. There is also a number in the top left of the part or assembly icon, this is only shown while hovering over it with your mouse. This is the area where you can edit the component count. For example, on something like the grinder I was designing in the image below, it has multiple pins to hold it together, so I changed the quantity to 3 and now Treehouse will put three of these pins into the assembly automatically for me.

Assembly Menu

At any point in your tree hierarchy, if you want to add a drawing or a new part to save a space for later, it is really easy to do. This will also start a new file for you. Just click and drag on the perspective part or drawing template, and drop it at the point in your assembly where it should be referenced. For example, in the image below, you will notice I added a top level assembly drawing to the very top of my tree.

Tree hierarchy

It is important to note that SOLIDWORKS Treehouse is not actually creating the proper assembly and drawings automatically with the parts that you provided. Treehouse is an organizational tool to help make assembly management easier. What Treehouse is doing is creating all of the files for your assembly and linking them all together in your specified location. Because Treehouse does this, when you start your assembly you will have all of the necessary parts already available for you, and you will have all the drawing files opened and referencing the correct level of your assembly (reference the image above).

On top of that, inside the assembly, you will even have the Feature Manager Design tree already organized properly in the correct structure that you set (reference the image above). You can see in this assembly that I have one top level sub-assembly and multiple parts, and then under the sub-assembly, I have the parts necessary to create that. My entire feature manager design tree structure has been created for me automatically (reference the image below).

SOLIDWORKS Menu

When you are all done building your complete assembly structure, hit the icon for export to SOLIDWORKS documents. This icon is in the toolbar right next to the question mark help icon. Once you have selected Export to SOLIDWORKS documents, you will need to select the destination folder for your assembly files to be created in. Once this is done, SOLIDWORKS Treehouse will take over and generate and open all of the necessary files in SOLIDWORKS with the proper structure.

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January 22, 2016
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