Hide Table of Contents

The FeatureManager Design Tree in an Assembly

FeatureManager Design Tree Conventions

The FeatureManager design tree displays these items for assemblies:

  • Top-level assembly (the first item)

  • Various folders, for example, Annotations and Mates

  • Assembly planes and origin

  • Components (sub-assemblies and individual parts)

  • Assembly features (cuts or holes) and component patterns

You can expand or collapse each component to view its details by clicking beside the component name. To collapse all the items in the tree, right-click anywhere in the tree and select Collapse Items.

You can use the same component multiple times within an assembly. For each occurrence of the component in the assembly, the suffix <n>is incremented.

In the FeatureManager design tree, a component name can have a prefix that provides information about the state of its relationships to other components. The prefixes are:

(-) under defined

(+) over defined

(f) fixed

(?) not solved

The absence of a prefix indicates that the component’s position is fully defined. See Mate Errors for information about mate symbols and error messages.

Display of Components

Sometimes you want to focus on the structure or hierarchy of the design rather than the details of the sketches and features. In addition, you might want to focus on the design of the assembly without viewing all of the features of the components.

Each of these ways of viewing the assembly affects only the level of detail displayed in the FeatureManager design tree, not the assembly itself.

To display the assembly hierarchy:

  • Right-click the assembly name in the FeatureManager design tree, and select Show Hierarchy Only.

    The FeatureManager design tree displays only the components (both parts and sub-assemblies), but no lower level detail.

  • To display the detail again, repeat the procedure, selecting Show Feature Detail.

To view an assembly by dependencies:

  • To display the dependencies, right-click the assembly name in the FeatureManager design tree and select Tree Display, View Mates and Dependencies or click View, FeatureManager Tree, By Dependencies.

    Dependent items (instead of features) are listed under each component. Dependent items include mates and component patterns. To view a component's features and planes, expand the Features folder under the component.

  • To display the features again, right-click the assembly name in the FeatureManager design tree and select Tree Display, View Features or click View, FeatureManager Tree, By Features.

Related Topics

Component Icons in the FeatureManager Design Tree

Mate Icons in the FeatureManager Design Tree

Component Mates

FeatureManager Options

Filtering the FeatureManager Design Tree

MateXpert



Provide feedback on this topic

SOLIDWORKS welcomes your feedback concerning the presentation, accuracy, and thoroughness of the documentation. Use the form below to send your comments and suggestions about this topic directly to our documentation team. The documentation team cannot answer technical support questions. Click here for information about technical support.

* Required

 
*Email:  
Subject:   Feedback on Help Topics
Page:   The FeatureManager Design Tree in an Assembly
*Comment:  
*   I acknowledge I have read and I hereby accept the privacy policy under which my Personal Data will be used by Dassault Systèmes

Print Topic

Select the scope of content to print:



x

We have detected you are using a browser version older than Internet Explorer 7. For optimized display, we suggest upgrading your browser to Internet Explorer 7 or newer.

 Never show this message again
x

Web Help Content Version: SOLIDWORKS 2012 SP05

To disable Web help from within SOLIDWORKS and use local help instead, click Help > Use SOLIDWORKS Web Help.

To report problems encountered with the Web help interface and search, contact your local support representative. To provide feedback on individual help topics, use the “Feedback on this topic” link on the individual topic page.