SOLIDWORKS Treehouse is an editing tool for visualizing the project structure of an assembly. You can use it to create a hierarchy for a project before you start it in SOLIDWORKS by mapping the consisting parts and assemblies. You can also use it to quickly track the components of an existing assembly and make changes through file properties, configurations, suppression, and file creation. This week’s Video Tech Tip will walk you through the process of using Treehouse.
How to access:
Treehouse is installed in SOLIDWORKS. Once you install the software click Start > SOLIDWORKS version > SOLIDWORKS Tools > SOLIDWORKS Treehouse version.
1. Templates: SOLIDWORKS templates to create node hierarchy. Templates folder location(s) need to be defined from options.
2. Tools: Where all of the Treehouse tools will be located.
3. Map: Used to quickly move the view of the hierarchy.
4. Options: Where template locations, import/export, and view options are.
5. Trash Bin: Drag and drop items here to delete.
A. Document Properties
B. Configuration Properties
C. Only shown when “Display drawings next to parent” is set in Options and has a referenced drawing. Displays drawing node.
D. Number of instances of component. Click to edit.
E. Number of suppressed component. Click to edit.
F. File Name
G. Active Configuration
Before You start:
To use Treehouse, there are two key items to set. First, add the location of the SOLIDWORKS Templates in Options (location bubble 4). If there are no folder locations determined, there will not be any starting templates to choose from. These templates are the same ones used in general SOLIDWORKS workflow. Ideally the same folder SOLIDWORKS CAD is already referencing. Second, add the location where the new files will be saved to in “Display in a List View” inside the Tools ribbon (location bubble 2). Note that the “Display in a List View” will not be available until at least one assembly is in the hierarchy. If the destination location is not added, Treehouse will not be able to export the hierarchy created to SOLIDWORKS CAD files.
To start, drag an assembly template node out to the blank space. Notice, the part and drawing templates are greyed out. Rename the assembly node by double-clicking on the name area or by accessing the document properties. Drag out additional nodes to complete the hierarchy, then push out the nodes into files by clicking “Export to SOLIDWORKS Documents” in Tools.
Also, access existing files by clicking on the Existing File icon to browse for an assembly. Observe graphically what the assembly tree structure looks like, and make changes as needed.