SOLIDWORKS Custom Property

How to display the SOLIDWORKS File Version in Windows Explorer

When a file is saved in SOLIDWORKS, the major version that it was last saved in is recorded as a custom property, as shown in the image below: Display SOLIDWORKS File Version This custom property can be displayed directly in the Windows Explorer detail view so that you can have it at a glance without having to select each file. Follow the two step process below: Step 1:  In a Windows Explorer folder set to a Details view, right click on the column header bar and select “More” Step 2:  In the Choose Details dialog, select the box for “SW Last saved with” and click “Ok“. The last major version that the file was saved with will now display directly in the detail view, as shown below:

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How to convert a SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal Thickness to a Gauge Value

A common practice in industry when working with SOLIDWORKS sheet metal is to show thickness as gauge value. For example, 20 gauge equals 0.0359 in. We will accomplish this using an equation, and IF statements to convert the values. Here is an example. This condition indicates that if the value is 0.0359, it is desired to display “20” as a result. Gauge_Number = IIF(“Thickness” LIKE 0.0359, 20, IIF(“Thickness” LIKE 0.0598, 16, IIF(“Thickness” LIKE 0.1345, 10, 1000))) Add extra IIF statements to the equation to show the desired gauge value. Create a custom property to use in your layout.

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How to show SOLIDWORKS Equations and Custom Properties as fractions with your model in decimals

Having to work in decimals and show SOLIDWORKS fractions in your drawing can be frustrating when you require the use of equations and custom properties. This issue is mostly overcome by using the weldment functionality. However, you may still face some issues with getting your values to show in the manner you desire. The following workaround will allow you to get the job done. We have our equation which will calculate the total length of the material we will require by adding the length of the four members. Create a sketch in your part and link the equation to a sketch dimension. Now we need to show this in the drawing as a fraction. SOLIDWORKS fractions issues in the drawing: Using a table to add the values results in only the whole numbers when using both addition and the SUM() function. Showing a custom property as a note still shows decimals!…

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Master Cut List Property Management while inserting Parts into Parts

A variety of techniques can be employed when building assemblies in SOLIDWORKS. In some cases the weldment module is used as the primary assembly environment, in other cases we see welded bodies being created as individual assembly components before they are placed together at the assembly level. In the end it often narrows down to how you wish to manage the Weldment Cut List. In this article, we are going to focus our attention on managing the Cut List properties from a component that is imported into another component. This is done when inserting a part file into the next and choosing the appropriate options from the list of items that “Transfer” from the component being inserted or added to the parent component. We will start with two weldments each as its own separate part file: Each one of these weldment components has it’s respective cut list that exist before…

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Best Practices for using $PRPSHEET in SOLIDWORKS PDM

The use of $PRPSHEET can be confusing, since it can be used in more then one way and can interact with SOLIDWORKS PDM or be independent of PDM. $PRPSHEET is intended to get information from one document, such as a part or assembly, into another document, such as a drawing. In order to understand how this transfer of information works, we need to understand the mechanism behind it. SOLIDWORKS uses metadata, to share information between documents.  Metadata, is data that describes other data. In SOLIDWORKS, metadata is referred to as Properties and a Property will have an associated Value. In the below example, we see that a part, has a Property called ‘Customer’ and this Property has a Value of ‘ACME’. This Property (metadata) describes the part, as being associated with a Customer, whose name is ACME. The same Property can be used between multiple documents, but for each document, the Value…

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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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What is the source of SOLIDWORKS Custom Properties in Linked Multi-sheet Annotations?

The source of SOLIDWORKS custom properties linked to drawing notes in a multi-sheet drawing can be the same for all sheets or sheet-specific.  This setting is found in Tools > Options > Document Properties > Drawing Sheets > Multi-sheet custom property source. SOLIDWORKS custom properties linked to all sheets If the option ‘Use Custom Property values from this sheet on all sheets’ is selected, the source of custom properties in the specified sheet will apply to all sheets.   At the same time, the option ‘Same as sheet specified in Document Properties’ is selected in the sheet properties.  If it is deselected, the source of custom property values can be changed for the active sheet.  The option remains selected in other sheets unless deselected manually. SOLIDWORKS custom properties NOT Linked to all sheets If the option ‘Use Custom Property values from this sheet on all sheets’ is NOT selected in…

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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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