SOLIDWORKS Toolbox

SOLIDWORKS Toolbox Resources including technical tips and tutorials

How to resolve the ‘Toolbox is currently in use’ issue when installing SOLIDWORKS

The ‘Toolbox is currently in use’ issue can occur if users are accessing Toolbox during a SOLIDWORKS installation, but it can also be the result of a file that normally gets deleted, not being deleted. The file is called SWBrowser.ldb and by default resides in the lang\english sub-folder of…

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Creating Configuration Specific Properties in SOLIDWORKS Toolbox Parts [VIDEO]

SOLIDWORKS Toolbox Properties

When configuring the SOLIDWORKS Toolbox Properties, you can enter “Description” and “Comment” values for each fastener’s size. These values are populated to configuration specific custom properties in the SOLIDWORKS part files. But what if you wanted to enter more property information than just these two…

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation Convert Toolbox Fasteners to Bolt Connectors

SOLIDWORKS Smart Fasteners

Imagine receiving an assembly from a customer with a few hundred bolt connectors in it. You have to run a simulation on this. Obviously you have to suppress all the bolts in the assembly or exclude the bolts in the simulation study. And then, you…

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Moving a Standalone Toolbox to a Network Location [Video]

In a multi-user environment with a customized toolbox, you will want to store your toolbox on a network location so all users have access to the same database.  The process is straight forward but there are a few steps you need to take to ensure that all toolbox references will be updated to the network and not your local drive.  The following video explains the process.  Also, be aware that once the toolbox is on the network, upgrading client machines will no longer upgrade the toolbox.  This will need to be done manually as explained in this blog post.

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SOLIDWORKS Database is Missing! Complete functionality will not be available?

Have you ever seen these messages before when launching SOLIDWORKS? SolidWorks Database Missing. Complete functionality will not be available. Or what about this SOLIDWORKS error message? Failed to initialize Toolbox Library Not to worry!  This only means that the Hole Wizard/Toolbox functionality has failed to find an…

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Create a New Standard in the SOLIDWORKS Hole Wizard and Toolbox

M5x.5 Tapped Hole

These instructions are intended to create a New Standard in the SolidWorks Hole Wizard and Toolbox for additional tapped holes.  The following instructions show the steps for adding a Metric Fine Tapped Hole Standard.  These Metric Fine Threads can be found on Festo Sensors for…

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How can Toolbox Parts that has been checked into PDM as Revision Managed be Changed to Non-Revision Managed?

If a Toolbox part was checked into a Workgroup PDM vault with option ‘allow check-in of documents’ checked under the Standard Libraries tab of the VaultAdmin Tool. That part will remain revision controlled even if the option is cleared later on. If you want to…

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How to avoid lost references to custom SOLIDWORKS Toolbox files

Starting in SOLIDWORKS 2011, a new option was introduced to help avoid SOLIDWORKS Toolbox lost references. Under Tools > Options > System Options tab > Hole Wizard/Toolbox, there is now a check box “Make this folder the default search location for Toolbox components“. When is…

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Removing the SOLIDWORKS Toolbox Internal Flag

SOLIDWORKS Toolbox Flag

All SOLIDWORKS Toolbox parts have an internal file flag that sets them apart from regular SOLIDWORKS parts.  This flag enables SolidWorks to recognize them as standard parts and places a Toolbox icon beside them in the FeatureManager Design Tree.  If you have created custom fasteners…

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