Every year, we update our resource center with technical support documents and quick guides for customers seeking additional help with SOLIDWORKS. Our SOLIDWORKS Toolbox Guide Packet is now available with the latest guides to many different common user actions and their best practices.
This 4-part guide covers administration, customization, access or display, and a permission setting overview of SOLIDWORKS Toolbox.
Here is an overview of what is included:
Section 1: SOLIDWORKS Toolbox Administration
This runs through the steps necessary to manually update the Toolbox to the current version under a non-PDM Pro environment. It contains two parts: one to update the database of the Toolbox and secondly to update the Toolbox content itself.
Some users will prefer to use the default toolbox settings when there is less need for custom part numbers and part descriptions. This guide will illustrate the setup needed for the non-custom environment.
Section 2: SOLIDWORKS Toolbox Customization
Adding a Part
This guide shows the steps involved in adding a custom or downloaded part to your toolbox for quick access during modeling and assembly.
Adding or Removing a Flag (Toolbox Part ID)
This guide shows the steps involved in changing the Document Property (Flag) of a Toolbox part so that it is recognized as preferred as either a Toolbox part or a Standard part. For example, this may be done after editing a standard Toolbox part and wanting it recognized as regular.
This guide shows the steps involved in creating a custom hardware property in the Toolbox (ex. Material) with multiple fasteners of the same size, but different material. The same process is used to add other properties (ex. Density or Weight).
Adding Part Descriptions
This guide shows how to create custom part numbers and add descriptions to parts that are used by the Toolbox. The user can choose to do this individually or many at once, when a more descriptive nature is needed.
This guide includes copying and customizing a hole standard
and deleting a custom standard.
Section 3: SOLIDWORKS Toolbox Access or Display
For different preferences with performance in SOLIDWORKS, users may choose to limit certain visual attributes. This guide will show how to adjust the threads that are displayed graphically.
Disallowing an Entire Hardware Standard
This guide shows how to disable certain hardware standards. This will simplify the interface for the SOLIDWORKS users and it will ensure they only use hardware available for purchasing.
Disallowing a Fastener
This guide shows how to disable certain fastener types and eliminate them from appearing during use in SOLIDWORKS.
Disallowing a Hole Size
This guide shows how to disable certain hole sizes and eliminate them from appearing during use in SOLIDWORKS.
Section 4: SOLIDWORKS Toolbox Permission Settings Overview
This section will explain the various options available to limit users' permissions in the Toolbox. These settings will help ensure that changes are not accidentally made by the end users.
Written by The Alignex Team
The Alignex Team of application engineers combined their depth of experience and industry knowledge to bring you the contents of this article.