Understanding the Assembly Visualization Tool in SOLIDWORKS

By Dave Bazinet on

One of the most useful and insightful tools in SOLIDWORKS is Assembly Visualization. It provides users with different ways to display and sort an assembly’s components in an easy to understand list as well as in the graphics area. 

There are countless ways the information can be shown and sorted to help you gain a deeper understanding of your assembly in no time at all. Assembly Visualization works by visualizing and listing properties or metadata of your model. This can be basic numerical data such as component mass, density and volume, but it can also be more complex, non-calculated custom properties such as Vendor, Bought/Sold or Status.



The Assembly Visualization Tool

In this week’s Video Tech Tip we’ll show you how the Assembly Visualization tool can be used to figure out what parts of an assembly are the biggest contributors to rebuild times.

This is probably the most common way that the Assembly Visualization tool is used. By selecting the property called “SOLIDWORKS-Rebuild Time” you can instantly see which components are hurting your performance.

In the graphics area, as shown in the image, SOLIDWORKS applies colors to the components based on the value of the property you are sorting. This is a quick way to connect the table to something graphical and easier to understand. VTT probingAs your assemblies get larger and the information gets more complex, tools like this become invaluable. With this knowledge, you can then make informed decisions on where to focus your modeling efforts. When you’re ready to make changes to the model, you can edit component materials and other non-numeric properties directly from the list. And for even more productivity, you can save the list information from Assembly Visualization to a separate file like Excel to share with other stake-holders.

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