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How to make an assembly drawing in SolidWorks?

Often we need to draft a given assembly in a drawing sheet. SolidWorks gives us the tools to directly make a 2d drawing from the given assembly. In this article, we will learn about the steps necessary to draft an assembly. We shall discuss two methods to draft an assembly.

In the first step, we will directly make drawings from the assembly file. In this, we shall open the drawing from the assembly file.

  • Open the assembly to make the drawing.
  • Then click on the new dropdown.
  • As soon as the drop-down opens choose the 2nd option “Make drawing from part/assembly”.
  • The moment you click on the option the 2d sheet will open with a small window. Select the sheet format according to your preference.
  • Click on ok after choosing the sheet format.
  • Now you will be directed to the sheet where you need to choose the parent view. Parent view can be chosen from the right view palette.
  • For choosing the view simply drag it on the sheet. Here we have started with the front view.
  • Now simply click on the parent view and move the cursor to project view.
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The above is the first step to draft the sheet for an assembly. Similarly, we will look into the other method,

The second step for making a drawing is by following these steps:

  • First open a new drawing sheet to start the drafting.
  • As soon as you click on the “Drawing” option a sheet will open with the sheet format window.
  • As soon as the format is chosen you need to import the assembly.
  • Using the “Model View” option you need to browse the file.
  •  Then choose the parent view from the property manager.
  • Now that you have imported the assembly in the sheet, just click on the sheet to get the parent view.
  • Then project the other view by moving your cursor.
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Note: This is the most used method but the first one is faster.