FeatureManager Design Tree Conventions in SOLIDWORKS

[fa icon="calendar"] May 09, 2018 / by TPM Admin

The FeatureManager design tree on the left side of the SOLIDWORKS window provides an outline view of the active part, assembly, or drawing.

The FeatureManager design tree uses the following conventions:
  • A  symbol to the left of an item’s icon indicates that it contains associated items, such as sketches. Click  to expand the item.
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  • Image result for lightbulb To collapse all expanded items at the same time, click Shift+C, or right-click the document name at the top of the tree and click Collapse Items.
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  • The Rebuild icon  precedes features, parts, and assemblies if a change requires a rebuild of the model.
  • The Lock icon  displays after the part name if the parts are frozen by the freeze bar.
  • While a drawing view updates, the drawing icon changes to: .
  • In an assembly, each instance of the component is followed by a number in angle brackets <n> that increments with each occurrence.
  • Sketches are preceded by:

    (+)

    Over defined

    (–)

    Under defined

    (?)

    Sketch cannot be solved

    No prefix

    Fully defined

  • Errors and warnings display next to the part, feature, and sketch icons. The What's Wrong? dialog box and tooltips describe the errors and warnings:

    Error in the model

    Error with the feature

    Warning underneath the node

    Warning with the feature

  • Positions of assembly components are indicated by:

    (+)

    Over defined

    (–)

    Under defined

    (?)

    Not solved

    (f)

    Fixed (locked in place)

  • Assembly mates are preceded by:

    (+)

    Involved in over defining the position of components in the assembly

    (?)

    Not solved

  • For the state of external references, the following symbols display after the name of the part or feature:

    –>

    External reference

    -> ?

    Out-of-context external reference

    -> *

    Locked external reference

    -> x

    Broken external reference

     
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  • Image result for lightbulb To hide the x symbol, click Tools > Options > System Options > External References and clear Show "x" in feature tree for broken external references.

Topics: SOLIDWORKS

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