Enhance your SOLIDWORKS Cut List by including Custom Folder Names

Article by Bryan Sprange, CSWE, last updated on October 5, 2017

A great new enhancement for SOLIDWORKS 2018 is the ability to make SOLIDWORKS cut list folder names a custom property! If you’ve taken the time to re-name your cut list folders for added clarity in your design, the ability to bring those custom names into your detailed cut list is going to save a lot of time during manufacturing as you will know exactly which piece you are making at any given time.

Lets see the enhanced SOLIDWORKS Cut List in action

For this example, we will look at this picnic table weldment which is made using a 2 X 6 softwood lumber profile.

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Picnic table weldment design

The SOLIDWORKS cut list folders have all been named according to where on the table the part will be installed.

This is a great best practice so that you can easily find where each body is

Fully detailed cut list with custom folder names

Now with SOLIDWORKS 2018 we can re-use this data in our detailed cut list to be able to easily identify where each piece belongs. This is great for making kits for assembly.

Detailed SOLIDWORKS Cut List with custom descriptions for each piece

Detailed SOLIDWORKS Cut List with custom descriptions for each piece

How it works

Adding the custom SOLIDWORKS cut list folder names to your detailed cut list is really simple. In your cut list properties, add a new property for each cut list item.

Add a custom property, and set the value to “Cut List Item Name”

Because it is a custom property linked with the body, when either your detailed cut list, the name of the cut list folder is changed, everything will stay up to date.

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Bryan Sprange, CSWE

Bryan Sprange is an application engineer at Javelin technologies located in Winnipeg. He has previously worked in the Aerospace industry as a designer, and a Manufacturing Engineering Planner. Additionally, he has used many different CAD packages ranging from AutoCAD to CATIA. Bryan has a background in Mechanical Engineering Technology, and enjoys using all of the SOLIDWORKS features to their limit to find new and interesting ways to be efficient and accurate when helping customers with their designs.

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