Using Configurations with nesting

Parts may require an alternate configuration to be created that reflects the part as it will ‘be machined’ rather that ‘as presented’.  One common situation for this is when parts are created either as multibody or with extra extrudes.  The extra body or extrude may be edge-banding for example which will be added post machining.  The ‘as machined’ configuration would simply suppress the feature (extra body, extrude etc) to reflect a part in its true geometry.

When parts require this additional (SolidWorks) configuration and these parts will be nested it is important that the master assembly also gets an extra configuration.  This is because the it is the assembly which drives which configuration will be set to active during the nesting process.

screen-shot-10-24-16-at-01-49-pmBy default, assemblies set the part ‘Default configuration’ as the active configuration.  This will need to be changed.

In the assembly, Right-Click the parts in the tree and select  ‘Configure Component’.  From


screen-shot-10-24-16-at-01-51-pm-001In the dialog box that appears, ensure that the desired part configuration is selected for the assembly configuration.


Once each part is set, simple set the ‘for machining’ configuration in the assembly and all parts will be switched to the ‘for machining’ configuration also.

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