Assembly Visualization provides different ways to display and sort an assembly's components in a list and in the graphics area.
You can list the components in these ways:
- Nested view, where subassemblies are indented
- Flat view, where subassembly structures are ignored (similar to a parts-only BOM)
You can sort the list by one property at a time. Basic calculated numerical data such as component mass, density, and volume are available in the tool. Additionally, you can create customized criteria which are dependent on several numerical values. If you defined noncalculated properties such as Vendor or Status in the component files, you can access those properties for modification and sorting. Properties from SolidWorks Sustainability are also available. (See SolidWorks Sustainability Overview.)
If you sort by SW-Material, you can edit component materials directly from the list.
You can save the list information in a separate file such as a Microsoft Excel® spreadsheet or a text file.
In the graphics area, the software applies colors to the components based on the value of the property you are sorting by. The colors help you to visualize the relative value of the property for each component.