There are several ways to create
cut-away views of assembly’s for use on a drawing in SOLIDWORKS. One method of doing this is to
create a cut feature at an assembly level, also known as an ‘Assembly Cut’. It
is found on the assembly tab of the Command Manager > Assembly Features >
Extruded Cut. With the use of this feature, the cut feature can optionally be
left out of a component drawing without the need for an alternate configuration,
as it only affects the top level assembly. In this example below I have used a
cut to remove one quarter of the outer casing of the oil pump.
The assembly cut feature also has
a Feature Scope, allowing you to select which components the cut feature
effects. You will also see a checkbox that, if required, will allow the cut to
propagate to the part model. In this example I have selected components that
form the outer casing of the oil pump.
Giving the end result as follows:
The feature can also be used in a separate configuration for
ease. Lastly, place the view on a drawing sheet; add balloons, BOM and any
other required information.
By Ben Garrett