Understanding Feature Scope

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Many features are used to help us create the model that we want to create. Many of the feature-based commands in SOLIDWORKSPropertyManager has additional options that allow us further define the scope for that feature. Let’s take a few moments to focus on the Feature Scope options available for some of our feature-based commands.

Feature Scope, a tool found in SOLIDWORKS that is used to select the body or bodies for a feature, allows you specify which body(ies) you want to select. This is helpful when you only want certain parts of a multibody part or assembly affected by the changes.

The Feature Scope will appear in the property manager of the specific feature that you are looking to finish. This example shows a cut-extrude.

You will see a few options when you expand this section. Depending on what you choose, you will be able to access additional options. You will be presented with two main options. The following are some of the most effective ways to get in touch with each other You can also find out more about the following: Select [Bodies or Components], Depending on if you’re in a multibody part or an assembly.

Select the option The following are some of the most effective ways to get in touch with each other [Bodies or Components], All the bodies or components in the model will be affected each time the feature regenerates. If a body or component intersects the feature and is added to the design, the body/component will be regenerated so that it includes the feature.

The next option on the list is Select [Bodies or Components].SOLIDWORKS offers you additional options when you enable this feature, depending on if you are working with a multibody part or an assembly.

When selecting a part with multiple bodies, the next option will be enabled. Selected Bodies would be the Auto-select checkbox, as well as an area to indicate the solid bodies that would be affected. When Auto-select checkbox is enabled, all intersecting parts will be selected and processed. Only the affected bodies will be regenerated, not the entire model. You can select the affected bodies in the graphics section of the part if you deselect the Auto-select checkbox. These bodies will then be highlighted in the graphics area of the part. Solid Bodies to Affect box.


Highlighted body in green in the graphics area is the specific body enabled for feature scope

You will find the same options for an assembly file as you would for a multi-body part. However, there is an additional option. Spread the word about this feature by distributing it to parts.

Select this option when either The following are some of the most effective ways to get in touch with each other The following are some examples of how to use SelectComponents can be enabled. With the Propagate feature on partsWhen you enable this option, it will include the same feature in your individual file as well as in the overall assembly. De-selecting the option will prevent the modification from being made to individual part files. This includes those in other assemblies and elsewhere.

Please note the following when selecting Selected ComponentsIf you want a feature to be applied to a newly added component in your assembly, then right-click the feature and choose ‘Edit Feature’. Then you can add the component that will be affected. If you add the new component to the feature, it will not automatically affect that component.


Selected components is selected, indicating the components in blue in the graphics area

The Feature Scope option allows you to gain greater control over your model. It also helps create a workflow that is very efficient for adding features to many entities.

If you have any issues with this feature or any other feature within SOLIDWORKSPlease contact our Client Success Support team who will be more than happy to help you with your request.


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