How to Manage SOLIDWORKS Toolbox in a SOLIDWORKS PDM Vault

Article by Nadeem Akhtar updated June 13, 2019


When SOLIDWORKS PDM is used to manage SOLIDWORKS Toolbox, it can perform several automated functions:

  • Adding missing Toolbox components to the vault
  • Creating references between Toolbox components and SOLIDWORKS assemblies
  • Check out and in Toolbox components and creating new versions of Toolbox components

To setup SOLIDWORKS PDM to manage SOLIDWORKS Toolbox:

  1. Copy the Toolbox data “SOLIDWORKS Data” folder into the vault
  2. Check in the SOLIDWORKS Toolbox Data files

    Copy and Check in SOLIDWORKS Toolbox

    Copy and Check in SOLIDWORKS Toolbox

  3. In SOLIDWORKS Administration Tool, Enable “Manage SOLIDWORKS Toolbox in the vault” and “Allow clients to change SOLIDWORKS Toolbox components option”
  4. Under the Toolbox root folder path, click on the “…” browse button, Browse to the Toolbox root directory in the SOLIDWORKS PDM Vault which was created in step 1 & 2

    Manage SOLIDWORKS Toolbox in the vault

    Manage SOLIDWORKS Toolbox in the vault

  5. Once the above is complete, Go to SOLIDWORKS program, “System Options” > “Hole Wizard/Toolbox”, modify the folder part and browse to the Vault toolbox
  6. Make sure to enable “Make this folder the default search location for Toolbox Components”. This option will automatically update the path of the SOLIDWORKS Toolbox components once they are checked in

    Hole Wizard/Toolbox SOLIDWORKS System Options

    Hole Wizard/Toolbox SOLIDWORKS System Options

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Nadeem Akhtar

Nadeem Akhtar is a PDM Applications Analyst based in the Javelin Oakville Head Office.