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The last portion of the CSWP shows that a user is capable of working with more than a single component. This section focuses mainly on assemblies, adding components, positioning them and replacing them. Again for most users of Solidworks this is a day to day occurrence. Mold and tooling folks use these features to build up large assemblies, mechanical engineers build machines, and even modelers do this as a real life way of breaking things down. It’s important that any user tasked with adding and placing a piece, such as a fastener, be able to locate it so that rebuilds will be quick and easy and aviod wasting time reselecting mating faces.
The test begins with a quick modeling exercise. A few drawing views are given and a part must be created. This component was fairly basic as the feature tree was a whopping 8 features for me. Grab the mass of the component and that’s question one down.
Next you are asked to add a series of components and position them as needed. Special care should be taken to get each mate right and more so the coordinate system. Most question ask for a Center of Gravity (Center of Mass) in relation to a specific coordinate system. To get this it may be helpful to take a look at Setting a Coordinate System in Solidworks. Really that takes up the next chunk of questions. Add a part, add some mates, grab a mass.
The mates used were mostly basic with some need for advanced mates such as “width” but again any user adept at building small assemblies should have no problems with this. One thing that did pop up I was unfamiliar with was the flexible assembly. This is used for sub assemblies, rather than being able to move each component individually the default is to import the sub assembly as a fixed feature that moves as a one. Luckily I’ve had experience answering lots of random questions for people and realized the help menus would tell me what to do. Even mid test THE HELP MENU HELPS! It’s part of the program so even while testing I see no issues with refering there. Here’s a shot of the question next to a help file letting me know what to do.
For the final few questions another part must be created from scratch but again if you have passed the first 2 sections this should be a breeze. Lastly a part needed to be replaced. A new file is provided for download. Quickly select the old component in the feature tree, right click and select replace component and that’s about it. Then simply reselect the required mating faces and voila, the CSWP is done.
Best of luck on the test.
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