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Time Saver: Insert Sheet Metal Parameters in your Drawings

Article by Alin Vargatu, CSWE created/updated September 26, 2011

Before yesterday, I was sure I knew everything about custom properties and how to use them in parametric annotations. After all, if the information is already in the model, why not use it in Drawings, BOMs and other interesting places. Well… turns out I was wrong and… I am very happy about that!

The values for some custom properties have to be input manually by the user, but a lot of them are filled in automatically by SolidWorks. The problem is that SolidWorks works in silence and does not brag about it. So imagine my surprise (a pleasant one, of course) when Michel Cloutier showed us how fast and easy is to populate a note with the sheet metal parameters of your part with just 2 clicks.

Click 1: RMB (right mouse button) inside the border of a drawing view containing the Flat Pattern.

Fig. 1 Get to the Cut List Properties

 

Click 2: Select the text location on the sheet

Fig. 2 The sheet metal parameters

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Alin Vargatu, CSWE

Alin is a SOLIDWORKS Elite Applications Engineer and an avid contributor to the SOLIDWORKS Community. Alin has presented multiple times at SOLIDWORKS World, Technical Summits, and User Group Meetings, while being very active on the SOLIDWORKS Forum.

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