Drawing Layout Tip – Bill of Material (BOM) Use

Fully defining large assemblies can be a daunting task. It is a task that cannot be ignored, as a well-defined assembly drawing is necessary to properly convey critical details. Manually labeling everything in an assembly drawing can take days and it is very easy for not all the detail to be captured. A solution to this is to add a Bill of Materials or BOM to the drawing.  Modern CAD software (Like SolidWorks – shown in the images below) all have automated means to generate BOMs.  This helps automate the process, reduce chances for error and allows for automatic updates as assemblies change.

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