We often stumble upon files that look very interesting and wish to download and explore. We look at the software, and hey its the same stuff we use. Eagerly we download and open it, only to find out that the part file was missing. We downloaded an assembly file alone.
Now these are mistakes we have all done as beginners. This tutorial is mean't to make life a little simple for both the regular users and the newbies here.
Firstly its important to understand that assembly files are all linked to the part files. These files do not hold all the information of the individual parts. When opened an assembly file searches for the part files linked to it and draws information from it. So in case you have uploaded an assembly file alone, the assembly doesn't get the info it needs and hence doesn't work!
The process is quite simple, but the aim of this tutorial is to make people realize how important it is to avoid making this error.
I'm going to show you how to do this using my model Shock Absorber. This has 3 part files and an assembly. The file named 'ShockAbsorber' is the assembly.
Select all 4 files. Right click and select Add to zip file.
A new zip file which contains all the 4 files is created.
While uploading the zip file alone needs to be added.
This file can be used by all and your ingenious model will get all the credit it deserves!
@ amos: what about pack and go? you never used it?
I jus did adam, very interesting. I hardly had any idea bout such a useful tool ! Might come in handy :)
Nope mate ! Unfortunately this is the first time i've eva heard about it. . Gotta use it from now on. I've learn't somethin outta this tutorial for sure :D But still hope this tutorial ll be useful for non SW users !
For solidworks i will suggest you to use Pack & Go feature so you wouldn't miss a single reference.
I dunno much bout that bro :-/ Whats that ?
Pack and Go gathers all the referenced files and can make a copy in a new location or save it to a zip. It is really helpful with big assemblies or if you have parts in different directories. Check it out, under File>Pack and Go
It probably worth mentioning that its better in a lot of ways to upload an assembly and not upload all your assembly parts separately. Too many people are uploading their assembly parts separately for no other reason than to increase their file count. Its a waste of space and shows a lack of skills.
Agreed ! But most of the time its due to people wanting to increase their file count alone and not cause they don't kno the right way to do it aaron ! so these tutorials will be of little use for them, unless they realize what their doing doesn't get them any appreciation from other members :-/
if all of your parts are not at same folder mean if you are using files from various folders then the best method recommended by solidworks is just
"Pack And Go" check the attachment picture and you also save it as zip file
True haider ! I just came across that tool recently
Save the assembly in IGES format & then Upload it.
That too will work mate but its not the best way. I mean its good to share STEP/IGS files with each model, but unless you add the file in the original software used it will be of little use. Cause ppl wanting to learn how the work has been done can do so oly if they have the original format. So i'd suggest you add IGS but also add originals !
Both methods work, there is also a Pack and Go in Inventor, this is probably the best method for ALL programs if your using library parts located in either another folder, on a server, or different HD.