In an earlier blog article, you learned how to finish coat your SolidWorks Part files. In this article we’ll use a top-down assembly method to create a nickel plated assembly. I will first describe the method I’ve used, then have you review the video below to learn how to finish coat your SolidWorks Assembly files!
From the assembly, start with Insert > Components > New Part… and place the new component on the front assembly plane. Since the geometry we will be creating is simply a combination of all of the components in the assembly to be plated, we can exit the sketch. We can now combine all of the to-be-plated components into the newly created part file by using the Insert > Features > Join… command. The Join command will combine all of the selected assembly components into a single solid body. After joining all of the components, we will simply Insert > Features > Shell the body using the ‘Outward’ option to create our representation of the finish coat.
Now we can apply the desired material to the coating and there we have a plated assembly!