Treehouse is a new tool in SOLIDWORKS 2015. It’s a standalone application for building and managing assembly structures using an intuitive and simple graphical interface. With Treehouse, you can set up your product’s file structure upfront before you start building the models in SOLIDWORKS.
- Arrange Assemblies, Parts and Drawings
- Import and Edit Existing Assemblies
- Create New Configurations
- Export to SOLIDWORKS Documents
- Save Treehouse Layout
To use Treehouse, in Windows, click Start > SOLIDWORKS 2015 > SOLIDWORKS Tools > SOLIDWORKS Treehouse 2015 (or type ‘Treehouse’ into the windows search bar)
As can be seen from the labelled diagram below, treehouse has a simple and intuitive interface. The Treehouse window contains templates, tools and an options dialog along with the graphics interface to the tree.
The tools should be immediately obvious to all SOLIDWORKS users. The only tool icon that may not be familiar is the Export button, which is used to export files out from Treehouse to SOLIDWORKS.
You can add SOLIDWORKS templates to the tree structure by simply dragging and dropping. The Default templates are shown as large icons on the left of the interface.
If you hover over them, custom templates that you have added in appear next to the default icon as smaller icons.
To add a templates file location select the Treehouse options.
Once in the options, you can browse to the folder location.
To start the tree structure, drag and drop the desired template from the left into the main workspace to the right.
If you want to add a part template to the assembly just drag and drop.
You can also define each file’s properties at this early stage as well. Just hover over the part or assembly you want to apply properties to and select the property icon.
This opens up a dialogue that you can enter all the property information into.
Once you hover over each template icon, apart from accessing property information, many different functions can be accessed. These include: access to changing the number of instances, the number of suppressed instances, setting the active configuration, and setting the file name.
To create a sub-assembly, drag an assembly template onto the assembly you already added. You can keep adding templates until your structure is complete.
You can save the structure as a .asmtree (*asmtree) file, so that it can be opened up inside treehouse again.
When you are ready to work with the new structure inside of SOLIDWORKS, you can simply Export to SOLIDWORKS Document
The files can then be opened up in of SOLIDWORKS and the geometry of each file can be modelled.
You can also build up the tree structure using parts that have already been created by using the existing files. Start by dragging a new assembly template and renaming it. Then select the “Existing Files” button, which will bring up a window from which you can drag and drop parts files into the tree area.