How to start off with Pre-Made SOLIDWORKS Parts

Article by James Swackhammer created/updated December 12, 2018

The final chapter in my SOLIDWORKS Part Template Series is to start off with pre-made parts. If your company is one that has a set amount of jigs and fixtures, or creates similar parts all the time with some dimensional changes then pre-made SOLIDWORKS Parts is for you.

One thing that could save time is to have different sets of templates per material type and the extra mile would be thickness, too. So for example, you can have a template dedicated for 0.250″ (1/4″) – Stainless Steel (ferritic) and another for 0.125″ (1/8″) – Plain Carbon Steel.

If you often make similar parts, it could be in your best interest to start off with an example part. Once this is complete you can edit a few dimensions and a couple properties then you’re done. Look at that, a brand new part in minutes and if linked to the proper drawing template (another series), the full set can be sent to the manufacturer.

An example of a pre-made part is best demonstrated with sheet metal. Please take a look at the screen shot below:

Sheet Metal Part Pre-made

Sheet Metal Part Pre-made

Creating a part following the best practices like naming conventions to help find particular features faster and naming dimensions for future properties usage or equations.

Pre-made SOLIDWORKS Part

Sheet Metal Part with Pre-made Features

But the best advice is to keep it simple and don’t overly complicate the template. Make is so anyone can open it and completely understand it.

This completes my SOLIDWORKS Part Template Series. Thank you for reading and following along.

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James Swackhammer

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