Creating a Part Template with Sheet Metal Settings

By Josh Carrier, Javelin Technologies Inc.

When creating a part template, you can always change the default options that are located under Tools, Options, Document Properties.  Other properties that are not listed under the Document Properties can be saved within a template file as well.  In order to define other, feature-specific settings such as the default parameters for a sheet metal component, you must actually create and define those features, followed by removing them from the file.

Create a new part file using an existing SolidWorks part template that you want to use as a basis for your new template.  Change any Document Properties or other options as required (as per typical template creation).  You can then create a simple sheet metal feature such as a Base Flange.  Once the base flange has been created, you can edit the definition of both the Base Flange and the Sheet Metal feature (shown below in Figure 1) to have the default settings you require for your new template.

Editing the Sheet Metal Feature

Figure 1: Editing the Sheet Metal Feature

Once you have defined all of the feature-specific settings, you can then select ALL of the features in the tree and delete them, including any sketches that were created.

Delete all sheet metal features from the part

Figure 2: Delete all sheet metal features from the part

Once the features and sketches have been deleted, the FeatureTree should be empty, with nothing listed below the Origin (as shown in Figure 3 below).  At this point, the feature settings are still contained within the part file, despite the features themselves having been deleted.

Features deleted

Figure 3: Features deleted

You can then save the part template as per normal.  When this template is now used to create a new part, the feature settings you defined will be remembered as the defaults.

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