As of SOLIDWORKS 2018, we are able to calculate bounding box for Parts only. But from SOLIDWORKS 2019 onwards Bounding box can also calculate for Assembly and Sub Assembly.
This new feature tool will be more helpful to evaluate the size of packing material and it is mostly for dispatch departments in the Industries.
Let’s see how quick I calculate the Packaging Size [Length, Width etc] for the below shown model.
Go to InsertReference Geometry Bounging Box
By clicking on Bounding Box option, a dialog box will appear. With respect to planar face or reference plane, we are able to customize the bounding box or best fit option is used to fit the size automatically.
Also, it has control parameters to include or exclude the components on various categories such as hidden components, hidden bodies, envelope components and surfaces.
Here, for an example I have chosen “Custom Plane” and selected Front Plane as a reference. Since, I have to calculate overall volume for my Assembly [a model shown above], I preferred to include hidden and envelope components, hidden bodies and surfaces.
After defining the parameters, instantly you will notice Bounding Box Preview created in the graphics area screen. Finally click OK.
However, you can hover over bounding box to ensure Length, Width and overall Volume in the Feature Manager Tree.
Bounding Box can calculate with respect to Component level as explained above. Each level has different sets of color indication. Tabulation as follows.
Top Level Assembly
Therefore, a credibility tool for Manufacturers to improve their productive line even more better in SOLIDWORKS 2019. Join you at next article. Thank you.