SOLIDWORKS Custom Properties

SOLIDWORKS Custom Properties technical tips and tutorials

SOLIDWORKS 2019 Linked Custom Properties in Mirrored Assembly

SOLIDWORKS 2019 can now link custom properties of an opposite-hand mirrored assembly.  Mirrored part files already had the ability to transfer the custom properties.  Now custom (or configuration-specific) properties can be transferred to the new assembly file. The Transfer options did show the option for Custom Properties, but this was only for the part files.  Now the assembly files themselves will have linked properties to the parent assembly file.  Each property can be unlinked if overrides are required.

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How to add more Properties to the Standard SOLIDWORKS Custom Properties List

SOLIDWORKS Custom Properties List

The standard SOLIDWORKS Custom Properties List that is included with SOLIDWORKS are decent and cover most needs, but what if you want more? There is a solution that comes in two forms. The first is quite simple: in the “Property Name” field at the bottom of your already great list, click in the box and start typing what you want to add. That’s great and all, but it’s typing and multiple times at that. Editing the default list of Custom Properties We can edit that list by digging into the system’s files and adding properties to the text file. Finding that text file is half the battle. In a standard installation of SOLIDWORKS the typical location for the Custom Properties text file is: C:\ProgramData\SOLIDWORKS\SOLIDWORKS 20XX\lang\english Sharing Custom Properties with other users The SOLIDWORKS Custom Properties List text file can be shared with other users over a server. To share the file…

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How to add a Date automatically to SOLIDWORKS Custom File Properties

In my last article I touched on populating the File Properties in a SOLIDWORKS Part template to reduce typing. But what about adding dates? If only we could have dates automatically appear for us. Well, I have some specific codes that can be input to populate a SOLIDWORKS Custom Property Date. Magic! This is the code to be entered into the Value field for the date when the part was created: $PRP:”SW-Created Date” This is the code to be entered into the Value field for the date when the part was last saved: $PRP:”SW-Last Saved Date” I created a simple part and the only thing I have to change is the description and the part number. Take a look below. This takes a few seconds instead of minutes filling out these fields and it’s ISO compliant.

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How to add SOLIDWORKS Part Template File Properties

Summary Information Dialog

In my previous post I described the steps for creating a SOLIDWORKS Part Template, but what happens next? Now it’s time to edit the Part template and add file properties which can save a lot of needless, repetitive typing. There are two reliable methods of opening previously saved templates: Find where they are saved and drag/drop them into SOLIDWORKS Or within SOLIDWORKS press Ctrl + O, find where they are saved and click open At the top beside the “Options” cog is the “File Properties” icon. Custom Summary Information In this new window there are three tabs at the top: Summary, Custom and Configuration Specific. Under the Custom tab is where we are going to do add SOLIDWORKS Part Template File Properties: Adding Properties Row 1 is provided but it is currently empty. Let’s add some properties: Start by clicking in the “Property Name” field drop box. This will reveal a pre-made set of…

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 Linked Custom Properties in Derived Parts

Starting with SOLIDWORKS 2018 you now have much more precise control over Linked Custom Properties in derived parts. Previously, when creating a mirrored or derived part, it was possible to Transfer the Custom Properties from the source file to the new file that was being created.  But it was an all or nothing operation, there was no way to control which properties would be transferred to the new file, all Custom Properties were transferred. Once the Custom Properties were transferred to the new file, they were locked, “Linked to Parent Part”, so even if some of those properties should be different in the derived part file, there was no way to modify them. Now in SOLIDWORKS 2018 however, we have individual control over each of the Linked Custom Properties that is transferred by this operation.  This is possible because of the new “Linked” column. To edit an individual Custom Property,…

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Apply a Bounding Box to any Model using SOLIDWORKS 2018

SOLIDWORKS Bounding Block

Let’s take a look at a common scenario that crops up after a design is complete – the design of packaging! While some designers may be savvy and experienced enough to embark on their own packaging design, others will need to speak to someone with some expertise in the packaging arena.  One of the first questions that will be asked from the packaging designer will most surely be “How large is the Item”. While this question could throw us into a wide variety of discussion topics, I am going to focus us on the super-practical aspects of getting an immediate report upon a volume of a box that encloses my part. In order to perform this operation in prior releases of SOLIDWORKS, one would have had to be working with a weldment or sheet metal component in order to make use of the “Bounding Box” functionality.  This tool has been…

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SOLIDWORKS Multi-sheet Drawing Custom Properties Source

When a drawing annotation has a link to a Custom Property based on the ‘View specified in the sheet properties’, it references the Custom Property from a view on that sheet. The Sheet Properties by default is set to use the properties from the model in the drawing view which was first added to the sheet (Default).  Though you can choose a specific view on that sheet. In the event that you have a multi-sheet drawing with each sheet referencing different models, again the first view on each sheet is referenced as the source for the properties (by default).  In this example, Sheet1 has a view of the assembly “BEVEL ADJUSTER” and the text is linked to the Filename model in the default view on this sheet. On Sheet2, we only have views of the part “bevel adj knob”.  Therefore the text pulls the Filename from the first drawing view,…

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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 was created using two screws. Individual Custom Properties were made that detailed the thread diameter, length, and type of each screw. When we make a BOM with these column headings, it appears as shown below: Each of the custom properties is contained in its own column. In this case, we may want to summarize the information in these custom properties in a single column. The three pieces of information would work very well as a description for this particular part. To do this, we will reference…

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