SOLIDWORKS Bill of Materials

Bill of materials tables are important aspects of any engineering drawing since they identify the number and type of parts present in an assembly, and very many other important aspects of the design.

With the Bill of materials feature the designer can also quickly note the materials making up the parts and the number of parts required and therefore come up with the appropriate inventory list.

I went with the simple assembly below to demonstrate this capability.

We are first required to make a drawing of the assembly in order to insert the BOM table and edit the title block in the drawing platform.

Note that you can also create the BOM table in the assembly platform even without necessarily creating the drawing. To do this move to the insert tab and from the tables drop down menu select Bill of Materials.

From the bill of materials table you can then edit the names of the parts and add the description of the parts. You can also adjust the size of the table and also position at any point in your assembly.

To insert the BOM table in an assembly you can proceed to create a drawing from the assembly. Once you have chosen the sheet you would like your drawing to be inserted you can then proceed to drag the isometric view of the assembly onto the sheet.

Once you have done this you can insert the Bill of Materials by moving to the insert tab clicking on the tables drop down menu and selecting Bill of materials.

Similar to the bill of materials in the assembly platform you can adjust the size of the table to your desired dimensions and also edit the text inside the table.

The best thing about the bill of materials table is that it automatically updates itself whenever the components in the assembly change for example say the number of pins in the assembly is reduced. The table automatically notices this change and updates depending on the current state.