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Improving Your Performance with Custom Part and Assembly Templates

James Nelson on May 2, 2019 at 11:30 AM

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Anytime I have to repeat the same tasks or steps over and over again, I’m always looking for a way to streamline that process and make it easier moving forward.  One great way to save time in SOLIDWORKS is to create custom part, assembly and drawing templates.  In this post, we will go through the basic steps of creating templates for parts and assemblies so  you can streamline your workflow and save time as well. 

  1. To begin just open up SOLIDWORKS and click new.

 Improving Your Performance with Custom Part and Assembly Templates

  1. Select a new part or assembly depending on which template type you want to create and click OK to open a blank part or assembly file.

 Improving Your Performance with Custom Part and Assembly Templates

  1. Open your document properties by selecting the gear icon. 

    Improving Your Performance with Custom Part and Assembly Templates


  2. Select the document properties tab. Here you can change your drafting standard, annotations, dimensions, units and so much more!

Improving Your Performance with Custom Part and Assembly Templates

Figure 1: Drafting Standard settings

Improving Your Performance with Custom Part and Assembly Templates

Figure 2: Annotation settings

Improving Your Performance with Custom Part and Assembly Templates

Figure 3: Dimension settings

 Improving Your Performance with Custom Part and Assembly Templates

Figure 4: Unit settings

 

  1. In addition to Document Properties, we can include custom properties that can be populated when the files are created. Now properties like PartNo, Description or a custom property will ALWAYS be added to our new parts or assemblies.

    Improving Your Performance with Custom Part and Assembly Templates

  2. Finally, if desired we can add features or parts, and set the visibility of items like the reference planes and origins as a starting point for future files.
  3. Once you have everything customized that you want to have set. The next step is to click save.

 Improving Your Performance with Custom Part and Assembly Templates

  1. In the save dialog box you will want to select the correct file extension.
    1. Part Templates end in .prtdot
    2. Assembly Templates end in .asmdot
  2. Then save the new template in the templates folder or wherever you want the template to be saved at.

 Improving Your Performance with Custom Part and Assembly Templates

  1. Once saved, you can close out of SOLIDWORKS and going forward whenever you click on a new file, you will be able to select that template to begin building your part or assembly and have the customizations you selected pull in every time.

 

Drawing templates can be considerably more complicated when referencing part/assembly properties, customized title blocks and more.  This requires not only a drawing template but a sheet format.  If you are interested in creating your own drawing templates, we suggest taking the SOLIDWORKS drawings class, which goes into great detail covering templates, formats and even talks about the custom property tab builder to help populate your file properties!

Happy designing and I hope you enjoyed this quick guide on how to create a custom part or assembly!



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