Hole series in assembly Solidworks: Why can't I select existing hole to propogate ?
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?
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.
Sorry, so you are using "Hole Series" from "Assembly Features" by selecting Existing Hole in the first component?
FIRST: How do you create the hole in main component, using Cut-Extrude OR Hole Wizard?
Second: Existing Hole in Hole series don't work with Cut-Extrude feature, ONLY work with Hole Wizard. Please see my sample.
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?
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.