SOLIDWORKS Design Library

SOLIDWORKS 2019 Preview Blocks in the Design Library

The SOLIDWORKS Design Library is a great tool to keep all of your common parts, features, tools, etc.  This also provides access to your blocks for a quick drag and drop.  A SOLIDWORKS 2019 enhancement provides thumbnail previews of blocks in the Design Library.  This makes it easier to find the block you need. The following formats are supported for SOLIDWORKS Design Library Preview Blocks: .sldnotestl .sldsffvt .sldsfstl .sldsym .sldweldfvt .sldweldstl .dwg files .dxffiles .sldblk .sldnotefvt .sldgtolfvt .sldgtolstl In past versions you needed to hover your cursor over the block to see the preview.  The icon was the same for all blocks of similar type.

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Save SOLIDWORKS Simulation Fixtures and Loads to the Design Library

A time saving tip for SOLIDWORKS Simulation Fixtures and Loads (which are defined for a specific simulation case) is to save them to the Design Library so they can be easily reused in other models. For instance, in the following image a simple cantilever model is shown where one fixture and one load/force are applied to the simulation settings. These types of fixtures and loads are very common in simulation problems. Therefore, we can save them in a folder in our design library to quickly apply them to our future models. Adding Fixtures or Loads to the Design Library To copy the settings, just pick them from the Simulation settings list on the left, then drag and drop them into the design library. A simulation folder is created automatically in the design library. Obviously this folder could be renamed as required. As explained, both fixtures and loads shown here are…

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Show File Names and Descriptions in the SOLIDWORKS 2018 Design Library

SOLIDWORKS 2018 Design Library

The Design Library in the SOLIDWORKS Task Pane provides quick access to some default features, hardware, annotations, etc. This is also where you have access to SOLIDWORKS Toolbox, 3DContentCentral and SOLIDWORKS Content. Additionally  folder locations can be added in the design library for quick access to your parts and assemblies. Most often customers ask if they could show the description and file name for the parts, assemblies and drawings listed in the lower design library panel which makes it very easy for them to open particular files. The answer is yes. With the SOLIDWORKS 2018 Design Library you can display file names or descriptions of reusable elements (such as features, sketches,parts or assemblies) in the lower panel. To show file names and descriptions, Right-click in the lower panel of the Design Library, and click Show File Name or Show Description. Previously, commands in this shortcut menu were limited to displaying Large Icons, Small…

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Using the ALT Key while Routing in SOLIDWORKS 2017 will speed up your workflow

The ALT key has been a staple of SOLIDWORKS functionality for a very long time now. It is one of our primary modifiers to intact various functionality, or cancel automated functionality. The ability to cancel functionality has been extended into the SOLIDWORKS 2017 Routing Add-in! When using the Drag & Drop functionality to pull a routing component from the Design Library — pressing the ALT Key will allow you to place a fitting and avoid the creation of a Route based upon placing the component.  This means less trips to the cancel button to cancel the route properties setup after it auto-starts.   Stay tuned to the Javelin Blog for additional tips that may speed up your own workflow using SOLIDWORKS 2017!

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How to create a SOLIDWORKS Notes Library [VIDEO]

One question that often comes up in SOLIDWORKS training courses is “How do I create a SOLIDWORKS Notes Library for my drawings?”.  A catalog of commonly used annotations, including notes, can be created in the SOLIDWORKS Design Library. Step 1:  Create a folder in the Design Library by right-clicking on the Design Library folder and selecting New Folder. Step 2:  Create a note to be added to the Library, select the note and click the Add to Library button in the Design Library tab of the Task Manager. Step 3:  Once the Annotation is added to the Library, it can be drag and dropped into any drawing. The notes can also be merged together directly during the drag and drop process if the option to Disable note merging when dragging (found under Tools > Options > System Options > Drawings) is turned off (the option is turned on by default when SOLIDWORKS is installed)….

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Marble Roller Coaster Create a Library Start Part (Part 4 of many) [VIDEO]

To read the previous article of this series, CLICK HERE. Option 2 save a library part To avoid confusion, either use different file names or delete the files you created in the previous steps. This is the method I will be using is to create a library part.  This option maintains the relationship to the original connector, but it requires discipline and knowledge to use correctly.  When I want to create a new roller coaster segment I will open the library part, save a copy, close the library part and open the copy.  If I make changes to the master part it will affect the next part I try to make from it.  The only way to lock this down is to set the folder to read only or use Enterprise PDM.  To create the library part I will use the feature Save Bodies.  Before inserting this feature I will…

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Filetypes in your Design Library Folders

If you’ve added your working directories to the design library (see the post “Using the Design Library for Quick Access to Files“), you may have noticed that it shows all parts and assemblies in alphabetical order.  It can sometimes be difficult to determine what files are parts and what files are assemblies.  One method to determine the filetype is to hover over the file and wait for the preview to pop up.  This will give the file name along with the extension (.sldprt or .sldasm).

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Using the SOLIDWORKS Design Library for Quick Access to Files

The SOLIDWORKS Design Library in the SOLIDWORKS Task Pane provides quick access to some default features, hardware, annotations, etc. This is also where you have access to: SOLIDWORKS Toolbox 3DContentCentral Other SOLIDWORKS Content But you can add additional library folders for quick access to your parts and assemblies. This can be handy if you have a folder of standard parts or just to add the folder of your active project.  You can drag the components into your assemblies, or double-click to open the files. Here is an example of adding the folder of your active project to save you from browsing through the directories to find it. You can right-click in the preview window to change the view options.  The file locations are stored in the System Options.  You can add and delete these references through this interface as well.  This will only remove the reference.  It will not delete the files or folder…

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