SOLIDWORKS 2017 Grouping Components in the Feature Tree

by Amee Meghani

Let’s Talk About Grouping Components

Do you fold your socks in pairs? Do you organize your shoes in pairs?  Do you group your shirts together which are right next to all of your pants? It is a natural inclination to group things that are alike, together. 

New in SOLIDWORKS 2017, you can group components together in your feature tree. 


Here are some reasons why you might want to group components:

  • You have a shorter FeatureManager Tree, which makes for a good snapshot of your assembly.
  • FeatureTree is more organized, making it easier and faster to find something particular.
  • It acts as a quick preview of what your Bill of Material might look like later.
  • You can view the quantities of these components.

Simply right click at the top of your FeatureManager Tree, select “Tree Display”, and choose “Group Component Instances”

Your tree then shows grouped components noted by a special icon (resembling two parts or two assembly icons overlapping).  Even more valuable to the user, the quantity of the grouped component is shown in parenthesis. For example:

Component ABCD (15) 

If only our closets were this easy to navigate. I don’t know about you, but I’d get in a lot of trouble.

  • Black Pants (6)
  • Handbags (23)
  • Shoes (!!!!!!!)

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