BOM

How to combine multiple Custom Properties in a SOLIDWORKS Bill of Materials

When going through the process of creating an assembly drawing, it is beneficial in most cases to make use of Custom Properties listed in individual Bill of Materials (BOM) columns. These could be a Part Description, Part Number, Manufacturer, etc. Sometimes, it may be beneficial to combine multiple part Custom Properties into one column in a BOM. For the purposes of this example, an assembly…

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How to sort SOLIDWORKS Toolbox Components in your BOM table [VIDEO]

Sort SOLIDWORKS Toolbox BOM

Have you ever wondered how you can sort your SOLIDWORKS Bill of Materials in a way that all of your SOLIDWORKS toolbox components are listed at the foot of the BOM table? That was the problem that one of our customers was facing. If you look at the sorting options that are available for a BOM table, you will notice that it is not possible to sort…

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 Lock Column Width & Row Height formatting now saved in BOM Templates

BOM Tables in SOLIDWORKS can sometimes create as many issues as they often solve, as you take the time to manipulate the shape of your table against a given drawing template.  After all of the manipulation via dragging columns and rows to a perfect height, you discover you have to do it again, for the very next table. The advanced formatting in tables can assist…

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Automate to Dominate: Automate tasks within Enterprise business systems

One of the great things about the internet is how it has simplified many aspects of our lives. You can order nearly anything online quickly and easily with a smart phone or tablet. How valuable would the internet be, however, if you ordered something but did not get what you ordered? For example, imagine your frustration if you booked a hotel room in Hawaii, only to…

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How to Add a Header to a SOLIDWORKS BOM Table

BOM Header

Recently I was asked by one of our customers if it was possible to add a header to a BOM table in SOLIDWORKS. Fortunately, the answer is yes and here’s how you can do it. After inserting a BOM table, and while it is still selected — you can see that directly below the four-way arrow cross in the top-left corner is a table cell containing two small triangles pointing up….

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Automate to Dominate: Create effortless Drawings (and other Manufacturing data) with DriveWorks

I joined the Javelin team in October 2000 and vividly remember the impression that we made on designers during SOLIDWORKS drawing creation presentations. They were amazed when we would simply “drag and drop” a 3D model onto a drawing template and instantly create four views and a Bill of Material (BOM). They could not believe their eyes when we made a design change to the 3D model and, with…

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PLM – It’s All About the Product!

Aras PLM in use

CIMdata recently released an article titled, “PLM for All: Unleashing Product Data to the Enterprise.” It talks about the actual use and perception of PLM in industry and makes solid points about what is needed to realize the value potential of PLM. Here is a shocker: PLM is NOT Engineering Here is another: PDM is NOT PLM We are in the PLM business. But ultimately our job…

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Do you design with TSLOTS? Download a FREE TSLOTS SOLIDWORKS Add-in

TSLOT Model

Many SOLIDWORKS users work with TSLOTS for their machine, robot cages and or frame designs. TSLOTS are basically Aluminum Extrusions that come in various sizes and standards (Metric, Fractional, B-Series). You can represent them inside of SOLIDWORKS by creating profiles to use in a weldment environment OR I recently found out that you can download a library of TSLOT profiles from tslots.com You can also download TSLOTS…

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