SOLIDWORKS Toolbox

SOLIDWORKS Smart Components are a Big Time Saver for Repetitive Assemblies

If you have to assemble many clamps to your base plate, or if you have some custom parts to be bolted or riveted into place in your SOLIDWORKS assembly, then this SOLIDWORKS Smart Components article is for you. In SOLIDWORKS you can make your part files act smart upon inserting them into your assembly files….

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 Import and Export Hole Wizard Data with Excel

You can now import and export Hole Wizard data with Excel files in the Configuration tool with SOLIDWORKS 2018.  Previously this could only be done with SOLIDWORKS Toolbox Hardware.  This provides an easier way to add custom Hole Wizard sizes within the Excel interface. The Hole Wizard/Toolbox Configuration tool is found under Tools > Options…

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 Hexalobular (Torx) Toolbox Hardware

SOLIDWORKS 2018 adds SOLIDWORKS Toolbox hexalobular fasteners, commonly known as Torx.  The 6-point star shaped drive can be found in automobiles, power equipment, computers, electronicsm, etc .  As the hexalobular profile has been standardized under ISO 10664, you can find these fasteners under the ISO standard in the Toolbox. Within the ‘Bolts and Screws’ directory…

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Experiencing problems when you load the SOLIDWORKS Toolbox add-in?

Sometimes when you launch SOLIDWORKS and try to load SOLIDWORKS Toolbox Library or Utilities add-in, SOLIDWORKS delivers a message stating “You appear to have experienced problems the last time you loaded the SOLIDWORKS Toolbox add-in”. Two options at this point: If you pick yes, continue to load Toolbox, SOLIDWORKS stops responding?! However, if you pick…

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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,…

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How to change the default SOLIDWORKS Smart Fastener

SOLIDWORKS Smart fasteners have their own page in the SOLIDWORKS Toolbox Settings: Step 5 – Configure Smart Fasteners.  This is where washer size and fastener length are set and a default fastener is specified for the holes created without Hole Wizard.   The option to change the default SOLIDWORKS Smart Fastener type for Hole Wizard holes can be…

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Create Custom Part from SOLIDWORKS Toolbox

Have you ever wondered how SOLIDWORKS knows which part belongs to Toolbox and which one does not? Or did you ever want to take a Toolbox part and modify it to create a custom part? When you save a SOLIDWORKS Toolbox part as a copy, it will still have a Toolbox flag icon? Indicating it’s still…

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Manually Updating SOLIDWORKS Toolbox files to 2015

After manually updating an earlier version of Toolbox, as described in my blog article, Manually Updating SOLIDWORKS Toolbox Files, the swbrowser.mdb used by earlier versions, must be updated to the swbrowser.sldedb used by SOLIDWORKS 2015. In the Data Utilities folder, located in the SolidWorks installation directory (e.g. C:\Program Files\SolidWorks Corp\SolidWorks\Toolbox\data utilities), double-click the DatabaseConverter.exe file. Select the swbrowser.mdb that requires…

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