Before updating the Toolbox in the vault, first ensure there is a full recent back up of the file vault database and archive. Next make sure that all the Toolbox parts are not checked out or in use by any currently checked out assemblies. When an existing major version Toolbox is upgraded, Toolbox parts may be need to be moved, any checked out checked out files will not be moved and could result in the update failing. Read More »
In a multi-user environment with a customized toolbox, you will want to store your toolbox on a network location so all users have access to the same database. The process is straight forward but there are a few steps you need to take to ensure that all toolbox references will be updated to the network and not your local drive. The following video explains the process. Also, be aware that once the toolbox is on the network, upgrading client machines will no longer upgrade the toolbox. This will need to be done manually as explained in this blog post.
IMPORTANT: For instructions on updating your Toolbox to 2012, please read this article first - http://www.javelin-tech.com/blog/2012/02/upgrading-toolbox-to-2012/
If SolidWorks is updated to a later service pack, you may find yourself in a situation when trying to use the Toolbox that it is failing with a message stating that the Toolbox database is “…not the expected version”, thereby preventing the use of the Toolbox. The common cause of this is when upgrading to a newer version of SolidWorks, the right Toolbox location is not “pointed to” during the SolidWorks installation process and therefore is missed during the upgrade process. This is more common with network shared Toolbox setups.
The solution is to update the Toolbox database using the UpdateBrowserData.exe utility found in C:\Program Files\SolidWorks\SolidWorks\ Toolbox\data utilities\.
See the image below to learn how to use this utility.
These instructions are intended to create a New Standard for additional tapped holes or other features in the SolidWorks Hole Wizard/Toolbox. The following instructions show the steps for adding a Metric Fine Tapped Hole Standard. These Metric Fine Threads can be found on Festo Sensors for example.
If a Toolbox part was checked into a Workgroup PDM vault with option ‘allow check-in of documents’ checked under the Standard Libraries tab of the VaultAdmin Tool. That part will remain revision controlled even if the option is cleared later on. If you want to stop from having this part revision controlled, please do the following.
All Toolbox parts have an internal file flag that sets them apart from regular SolidWorks parts. This flag enables SolidWorks to recognize them as standard parts and places a Toolbox icon beside them in the FeatureManager Design Tree. If you have created custom fasteners by copying files out of the Toolbox folders, these will still be recognized as a Toolbox part. As these are now stand-alone parts, SolidWorks will not need to search for the references within the Toolbox. Therefore you should remove the internal flag to avoid file reference conflicts.
- Browse to your SolidWorks installation folder (by default C:\Program Files\SolidWorks Corp\SolidWorks)
- Within the installation folder, browse to Toolbox\data utilities
- Run sldsetdocprop.exe
- Add custom fastener files, set the Property State to No and click Apply