Introduction to Cabinetry in SOLIDWORKS – Part 3: Smart Parts

This is the final part of our tutorial series, an Introduction to Cabinetry within SOLIDWORKS. We have looked at Multibody Parts, Technical Drawings and here we are focusing on Smart Parts.

Reduce your development time, increases your overall accuracy and maintain a higher level of consistency by standardizing a process with Smart Parts. With Smart Parts, you have the ability to assign features to components and allow SOLIDWORKS a quick way of performing repetitive tasks. They can include smart mates and the process of adding them to an assembly. Here Jamie will explain in further detail what they are, how to create them and how to use them.

If you have not seen parts 1 or 2 already, you can do so by following the links below;

Part 1: Multibody Part Design
Part 2: Technical Drawings

SolidWorks Smart Parts

Smart Parts & Smart Mates

In addition to Smart Parts you will also be shown how to set up Smart Mates, how best to use them and how to insert parts with mate references and snap them to a location.

Also covered will be tips on how to;

  • Select other parts from within an assembly
  • Make changes to the global variance within a multi-bodied part and how this will change the model
  • Extracting a Smart Part for use in future assemblies
  • Mapping wood grains

See the original article here.

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Cadtek Designer Profile – Jamie Thain


Those who subscribe to our YouTube Channel will recognise Jamie from many of our most popular SOLIDWORKS tutorials. He has been with Cadtek Systems for 6 years, prior to which he was working with some of the biggest design houses in the UK, including 4 years spent with Dyson. Adding to this wealth of experience Jamie has recently been awarded Elite Applications Engineer status. This is the highest level available within the SOLIDWORKS Community. His natural flair for design and presenting is evident not just in his role at Cadtek but also as lead vocalist in the band “Bosra Sham”, a contemporary soul project based in the UK.

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