Is it possible to make a bolted connection of bolt, washers and nuts (not a sub assy) like in inventor. Then easily place it in mutiple locations with minimal constraint requirements to position.
Yes. Make a group of the components you want and then do a copy paste special with advanced reference configuration. Then it will only prompt you to pick the new references. I have a mapkey that does the paste part so all I need to do is pick the new references.
I think this would be dependent on the mates from the first set of components.
So if you had constrained your bolt, washer, nut with 3 references, the paste would ask you to select 3 new references.
Somewhat similar to Inventor functionality. A part with a multi-body 'fake' - one body is a bolt, another is a nut, etc... Nut-body would have an offset datum plane as its sketch plane. The offset dimension to be a future stack thickness.
In assembly context. Flexible component dimension is the offset plane dimension; therefore, assembly stack thickness is unique to a specific component and does not affect the original part dimension(s)
Component interface is defined as a placing type, a coaxial axis and a mating datum plane.
Here a Tcl Toolkit Script Road Movie. It will assemble a group of, 2 Washer, a Bolt and a Nut by 3 Picks, three time. The standard would be for each group:
Without the interface clicks 🙂
Showing assembling and searching of this 4 components and placing this 3 times (12 Part Files) by selecting 7 references (not 48+) in total:
I knew there are other tools to assemble components, which also require less click than 48 clicks. This is only an example 🙂
There is some calculation in the background, check axis alignment, display of some intersection points, and how too select and search components, which are all stored in Windchill. A couple of parameter will be assigned to the bolt model, for later after assembling. Some reporting for FEM analysis will later happen in the process.
Have a nice day!