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SOLIDWORKS 2018 Weldments Bounding Box Description Property Customization

Article by Scott Durksen, CSWE created/updated December 31, 2017

The default Cut List Description property for a SOLIDWORKS 2018 Weldments Bounding Box can now be customized.  The default Description value is the same as previous releases.

Sheet Metal bodies will automatically have Bounding Box properties added, including Description.  For a regular solid body, you will need to create the bounding box to have these properties included.  See our blog post SOLIDWORKS Weldment Bounding Boxes for more details.

SOLIDWORKS 2018 Options to change Default Description for Bounding Box

SOLIDWORKS 2018 Options to change Default Description for Bounding Box

Solid bodies use the default Description “Plate, Thickness x Width x Length”

Cutlist Description Property – Default for Solid Body

Sheet Metal bodies use the default Description “Sheet”

Cutlist Description Property – Default for Sheet Metal Body

Within Document Properties > Weldments, you can deselect ‘Use default description’ to modify.  For Solid Bodies, you can enter any custom value for the prefix, suffix and separators.  The actual calculated values have a dropdown to choose the Thickness, Width and Length, or you can set as None to remove an expression.

Sheet Metal bodies only have a Description text box with “Sheet”, so you could change the default to “Sheet Metal Component” as an example.

Customize Solid Body Cutlist Description

 

The last options allow you choose how they are applied.  ‘New bounding boxes’ will not affect any existing cutlist items with bounding boxes but will pick up in new ones.  ‘Existing and new bounding boxes’ will change all current values for all bounding boxes in this particular file including customized ones, so be careful when applying this change.

Be sure to apply these settings to your part templates so new files will automatically pick up the custom descriptions.

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Scott Durksen, CSWE

Scott is a SOLIDWORKS Elite Applications Engineer and is based in our Dartmouth, Nova Scotia office.

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