How to Replace SOLIDWORKS References

Article by Sanja Srzic updated May 19, 2015

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There are many different ways to replace SOLIDWORKS references:

  • In SOLIDWORKS Explorer references can be replaced without having to open the file.
  • While a SOLIDWORKS file is being opened, the References button in the ‘Open’ dialog provides access to a list of reference files with the option to replace them.
  • After an assembly is open, right-clicking on a component brings up the option to replace that component.
  • In a drawing file right-clicking on a view gives us the option to replace the model used in the view.

Replacing a Reference in a Drawing

It may not be obvious but we can also replace an assembly with a part or part with assembly in a drawing view using the Replace Model command:

Replace model in a drawing view

Replace model in a drawing view

This command can be useful when design changes result in switching from assembly format to a part or the other way round.

Replace SOLIDWORKS References

Replace assembly with a part or part with assembly in a drawing view

NOTE: Replacing an assembly with a part or a part with assembly in a drawing view leaves any dimensions in the drawing view dangling.

That means that some rework is usually required; however, the option to replace the model in the view, with parts and assemblies being interchangeable, can save time when updating drawing files.

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Sanja Srzic

Sanja is the SOLIDWORKS Technical Support Team Leader for Western Canada, and is based in the Javelin Winnipeg Office