SOLIDWORKS is very flexible about letting you execute your designs and perform your work in a manner that suits you. They try not to lock you into a particular workflow, or sequence, of picks and clicks. This is obvious when selecting items because you have the ability to preselect items in the graphics area, or the feature tree, then issue the command or function that you’re interested in. In this article, we’ll show you time-saving techniques when selecting items that will enable you to design cool stuff way faster. Let’s dive in!
We can create robust selection sets based on the component size, Select All instances of a particular component, components that are suppressed, and components that are not visible. Let's look at selecting items by size.
To simplify an assembly so that it performs better, a common thing to do is suppress all the fasteners in the assembly. The tools we want to look at are found in the Advanced Selection menu. Advanced Selection lives in the standard toolbar under the Select button. Here is where we can apply a variety of different parameters when selecting. I want to select components by size. In the window, there is a slider to set the threshold of how big the selected component is compared to the entire assembly. Adjusting the slider will highlight the items selected in blue that fall within these parameters. It even tells you how many components have been selected. Also, something that is worth mentioning if you are using ToolBox fasteners. We have the option to select only the components that have just the ToolBox tag. A great feature to have at your fingertips.
One more technique I want to show you is for creating advanced selection sets. You have the ability in SOLIDWORKS to create selection sets that you can refer to again and again. For example, if I want to create a selection set of the panel and knobs you see in blue because I want to change their color, I will select the items and right-click. Here, we will see that we have the option to “Save Selection.” What SOLIDWORKS will do is add an informational folder at the top of the Manager Tree called Selection Sets. Another intuitive feature to have at your fingertips.
I hope you found this information useful and can apply these time-saving techniques to your workflow so you can design cool stuff way faster! For a closer look at advanced selection functions in SOLIDWORKS, check out the video!
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