Creating a Layout-based Assembly Design

In layout-based assembly design, you can switch back and forth between top-down and bottom-up design methods. You can create, edit, and delete parts and blocks at any point in the design cycle without any history-based restrictions. This is particularly useful during the conceptual design process, when you frequently experiment with and make changes to the assembly structure and components.

To create a layout:

  1. Open a new assembly.
  2. In the Begin Assembly PropertyManager, click Create Layout.
    A 3D sketch opens, and Layout appears in the FeatureManager design tree.
  3. Create sketch entities and group related entities into blocks.
  4. Close the blocks and the sketch.
    You can create a layout in an existing assembly by clicking Create Layout (Layout Tools toolbar).