March 30, 2018


It is easy to understand an assembly’s range of motions while working on a SolidWorks 3D CAD design or model. Although one may feel being on a crossroad when communicating this effectively on a 2D CAD environment.

There is no need to worry because the Alternate Position View resolves that efficiently by enabling you to indicate the assembly components’ range of motion. Using the phantom lines, it efficiently utilizes configuration of your model for overlaying one or more views on top of the original one. You can either choose to create these configurations before inserting the view or create a new configuration when you create the view.

Let’s discuss the process. Begin with a drawing view of the assembly. Create an alternate position by selecting view and then clicking on the Alternate Position View from the View Layout Tab which you will find in the CommandManager. Once the Alternate Position View PropertyManager opens, simply create a ‘New Configuration’ or select an ‘Existing Configuration’.

After you click ‘OK’, you will see SolidWorks switching to assembly model with the Move Component Tool being active. At this point, feel free to use options available in the PropertyManager to move/rotate the components in the required position. A quick suggestion: you can also use collision detection for achieving realistic motion/positions.

Click ‘OK’ when your assembly is oriented in your desired way. Next moment, you will find SolidWorks switching back to the drawing, adding the outline of the new configuration to the drawing view.

To learn more such incredible applications of SolidWorks 3D CAD Design you can opt for SolidWorks 3D CAD training with any renowned trainer such as FEA Training Consultants.

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