The SMART way to use SOLIDWORKS Toolbox

Article by Vicky Guignard updated July 10, 2018


Do you find yourself designing hardware components from scratch? Or even downloading them from websites? You might think you’re saving time by downloading these files but what if I told you there is a better way!

Included with SOLIDWORKS Professional and Premium software is SOLIDWORKS Toolbox, a library of over a million standard hardware components, from nuts, bolts, washers, retaining rings, etc. These parts can be conveniently dragged and dropped into place at the assembly level.

Automatically add Toolbox Parts with SOLIDWORKS Smart Fasteners

Using the SOLIDWORKS Smart Fasteners feature, you can automatically add fasteners to your assembly if there is a hole, hole series, or pattern of holes — that is sized to accept standard hardware. Smart Fasteners combines hole wizard features with the SOLIDWORKS Toolbox library of fasteners, which includes a large variety of ANSI Inch, Metric and other standard hardware. You can add fasteners to an assembly as a configuration of an existing part, or as a copy of an existing part.

SOLIDWORKS Smart Fasteners combined with the Toolbox library are included with SOLIDWORKS Professional and Premium can save you hours of tedious work every day.

Watch my demonstration video below to learn how to leverage this great tool!

About SOLIDWORKS Premium

The SOLIDWORKS Toolbox Add-in is part of the SOLIDWORKS Premium software bundle from Javelin. SOLIDWORKS Premium software gives you powerful, easy-to-use functionality that automates tasks, streamlines workflows, and helps you quickly define and validate the form, fit, and function of your design. Part of the SOLIDWORKS product development solution.

Includes tools for designsimulationsustainability, communication and data management—SOLIDWORKS Premium empowers innovative design with specific tools that help you work more efficiently so you can make better design decisions.

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Vicky Guignard

Vicky has been working in the CAD industry since 2010 and has a background in machine design and steel structure design. Vicky works closely with the Javelin sales team, helping to solve complex customer challenges utilizing the SOLIDWORKS product line. She is also an instructor for Javelin and delivers private, and public training in Western Canada, as well as online through Javelin's JOLT training. Vicky has been an Application Engineer with Javelin since 2014.