SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

Using the Combine Tool in SOLIDWORKS

By Chang Lee on August 13, 2020

SOLIDWORKS can be used to make anything. If you can think it, you can model it. In fact, it doesn’t even have to be manufacturable. In a modeling ecosystem as capable as SOLIDWORKS, there are countless tools and various techniques. One of the core techniques for modeling is multibody part modeling. Leveraging multibody parts can really help elevate your design. It’s a favorite technique of many SOLIDWORKS pros. In this week’s Video Tech Tip, we show you how to leverage the Combine tool which is the fundamental tool for multibody part modeling. 

The Combine tool helps us work with multibody part files. We have three operation types to choose from: Add, Subtract and Common. Some might know Combine has a Boolean operation.

  • Add: This operation will merge multiple bodies into one.
  • Subtract: This operation will remove bodies from one main body.
  • Common: This operation will create a new body based on the common area or shared area among existing bodies

 The Combine tool is fundamental to multibody modeling, it’s core to the technique. With these three operation types you can pretty much create any type of multibody part.

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