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Hole series in assembly Solidworks: Why can't I select existing hole to propogate ?

By Vladimir Blanshey on 08 Sep 00:22 7 answers 6293 views 3 comments

Here is attached screen shot of 3 parts assembly: a square tube and 2 symmetrical brackets. I need to "drill" the square tube through the hole of the bracket for bolt fastener.
Solidworks does not allow me to choose existing hole in the bracket. Note: Solidworks does not allow to use 2 of the same parts for hole series. So I tried to suppress one of the brackets - problem stays the same. I tried to do this hole series in other examples - never succeed selecting existing hole... Why? Can anybody point me to example where existing hole is used in assembly to propagate a hole series?

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7 answers

  • akmar
    akmar almost 3 years ago

    YES you can't, BUT actually you can do it. The only thing is the method is wrong.
    1_ In assembly, right click on part which you intend to drill a hole, a selection tool window will pop up, from there select tool called "Edit Part".
    2_ Eventually, your workspace will change to Part layout, but still in Assembly mode, how do you know? The part you are editing will be in BLUE in FeatureManager Design Tree.
    3_ From There, do a sketch on selected surface.

    Thanks

  • Vladimir Blanshey
    Vladimir Blanshey almost 3 years ago

    Thanks Akmar. This is exactly what I ended up doing - editing my parts within assembly. Still, my question remained and even larger now - what is the purpose of the "hole series" if the most obvious utility of it suppose to be a propagation to other parts of the assembly of the hole already made in one part... Am i missing another purpose of this assembly feature?

  • Vladimir Blanshey
    Vladimir Blanshey almost 3 years ago

    Akmar, you fully answered my question. THank you very much. I tried the sample and it worked. My confusion came from this limitation not been documented in Solidworks help files. How did you find this? I guess most of holes in making parts are created by extruded cuts and it is natural that they are tried to be used for a hole series propagation to end with frustration.
    Thank again.
    Vladimir

  • Vladimir Blanshey
    Vladimir Blanshey almost 3 years ago

    Yes you can as Akbar explained but only using a hole wizard for the first part/hole to be propagated through other parts.

  • Ikkache hocine
    Ikkache hocine almost 3 years ago

    yeaaah you can't , but you can copy the part with the keyboard

  • xie ming N
    xie ming N almost 3 years ago

    Hole series in assembly Solidworks: Why can't I select existing hole to propogate ,the screw change to Ansi metric style

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