Join Gabriel Corbett for an in-depth discussion in this video Accessing custom properties in BOM, part of Cert Prep: SOLIDWORKS Drawing Tools.
- [Tutor] In this video I'm going to be showing you how to add columns to a building material as well as access custom properties. Now you can see here we already have item number, we have part number, we have description, and we have quantity. Now if you were to double-click on each one of those columns, you'd see is choosing a part number and if you wanted to change that for instance over here to a custom property, you could easily choose that and then choose which custom property you want. Now I'm going to go ahead and choose part numbers. There are two different part numbers. I want to use the part number that's in the custom property, and as I do that it does change the part number.
Same thing over here - description - that's probably pretty good. It's already linked to a custom property name description. If you wanted to change it to something else, you could easily do that as well but we want to verify that we are accessing that custom property. Now down here - quantity - that looks pretty good. I'd like to now add a new column. So let's go ahead and just right-click on this column here and say Insert, Column, to the right. And a custom property and let's call this one Cost. And if it has a cost already established, it's going to show up right there, exactly how we have it.
Now we're missing a few items down here and those ones have not had a custom property added with a part number or description, or cost yet so if you wanted to change those, you can easily just click on that row, right-click, and click on open that part. Here it is. Let's go ahead and go up to custom properties here, let's add a description, let's go ahead and add a part number, and let's go ahead and add a cost. And if you don't see a cost, notice that we have Cost per Box, we have a couple of other ones here - we have Cost-Total Cost, Material Cost, and so on - I don't see one that says exactly cost, and that might be added somewhere else.
But you can just go ahead and just type it in; cost, C O S T no problem, and there it is. And let's go ahead and say this is going to be like $5.00. Part number, let's call it one, two, three, and description we're going to call this thing Washer. Okay, click on Okay, go ahead and save that part out, and then come over here back to the sheet and you can see here, because we didn't have a cost category from our dropdown but we were using cost, we can easily access that value right there, we can also give it a description, and we can give it a part number.
So very easily you can add that up and you can add that column. Now we can also do equations and we'll be getting into that in the next couple of videos; how you add an equation, how you can actually use some of these things like cost and quantity to figure out maybe totals and so on. That's how you add a column, that's how you assign the individual column properties where it's linking to a custom property or just regular sheet property and so on.
- Downloading the testing software
- Working with drawing views
- Accessing data in the bill of materials
- Using equations with BOM data
- Importing model items
- Creating complex views
- Sample exam questions and answers