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How to Insert a Part Into a Part with SOLIDWORKS

By Stephen Petrock on November 12, 2020

How to insert a part into a part. That might seem like something from the movie Inception, but I assure you it’s not. It’s a modeling technique that is extremely useful, especially for using Master Modeling techniques. In this week’s Video Tech Tip, we walk you through how to use this feature. Here’s how to insert a part into a part in SOLIDWORKS.

When using this command, it’s easy to think of it like how you work in an assembly just with a different file extension. There’s plenty of comparisons that can be made. For example, when moving or locating a part in an assembly you use mates to add mates; while in a part you use the move copy bodies feature to locate the part using mates. Does that sound confusing? That is understandable. Essentially, you are adding an existing part to the working part which helps you in the design process. It’s a way to ensure fit and function. It’s the basis of the ever-popular Master Modeling Technique.

Inserting a part into a part in SOLIDWORKS

Inserting a part into a part is simple. Go to the File menu and click Insert and Part. Then browse to find the existing part. Finally, you’ll have to locate the part to make sure it’s in the right place for your design process.

If you want to become a true SOLIDWORKS power user and take your designs to the next level, you will definitely want to add this technique to your tool belt. It’s a great way to create your designs. To see it in action, check out this week’s Video Tech Tip where we walk you through the steps to insert a part into a part.

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