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CSWP Drawing Sample Exam Question 4

This article is a guest post by Jim Lucas 

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Making a BOM and extracting info from it… The way that “lazy, paranoid & beat-the-system” me does this question- Open up the assembly and count all the sub-trigger assemblies in the assembly. Make sure to open up subassemblies.
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Feature Tree of different parts in a Solidworks assembly

Looks like (2) Subtrigger’s.

This is a good time to perhaps discuss “beating-the-test”. If I were writing this test, I’d want to throw as many wrenches in alternative/”cheater” methods as a could…. So I’d probably do something like inserting different configurations (with different custom properties)… Or nest an extra one of these deep in a subassembly…. Or create some using pattern components or mirror components.

The right way of doing this is to insert the assembly into a drawing. Then go straight to inserting a BOM. 

Insert from the “Tables” menu on the Annotation toolbar

Select Bill of Materials

Depending on your default BOM, you may need to add a column (it doesn’t matter where) and get the QTY of the “Sub Trigger Assy” and/or the PARTNO. If you don’t know how to do this- see question 6 on this sample exam- I’ve shown how to do that there…


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Jim is a CSWP and on the road to getting his CSWE.  He works for HawkRidge Systems, an authorized reseller of SolidWorks. Jim also runs i-elf, a product development consulting company.  He can be reached at Jim.Lucas@i-elf.com.

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