Learn about a design example that demonstrates how to create annotations which can be added to the Design Library.
- [Instructor] Create a grain annotation for sheet metal. This is something that I actually use a lot when I'm doing sheet metal design, because a lot of times the sheet metal machinist wants to know how I want to orient the sheet metal. Sometimes it's for cosmetics, and sometimes it's for structural reasons. But regardless, you might want to put a sheet grain annotation on your sheet metal. Let me show you how to create one. This would also work for any kind of embossing or engraving you want done on sheet metal where you might want to reuse that embossing or engraving.
You're going to open the Chapter Five Begin Exercise and locate the features you want to use for your Design Library component. And then you're going to highlight the folder where you're going to store the feature and select Add to Library. You want to note that the features should be highlighted in the window as selected. Make sure that you're double-checking yourself as you go along, just to make sure that you're adding what you want to have included in your annotation and you're storing it in the correct locations. And always give your features a file name that will make sense to make it easy later on when you want to reuse it.
And then Green Check. The saved feature is going to be shown in your Design Library pane. And note that it's going to display the description when you mouse over it. And you're going to see this dialog box which might scare you a little bit, and it just means that only the selected features are being saved, not the base extrude that's used on the sheet metal, okay. You're going to want to add locating dimensions to the symbol so that when you place it on your new part, you can locate it correctly.
And I've created equations to make it easy to set up and create the location of the symbol. Then you want to save and close. Let's go through how I created this feature, how I created the equations, and basically how everything got set up. So I like using my rollback bar, 'cause that kind of tells you what's going on. So I'm going to turn off shadows, 'cause a lot of people don't like the shadows.
So here I've got a piece of sheet metal, just a basic piece of sheet metal, right? I just added some thickness to it. And I just wanted it enough size that I could create this annotation. And then I created my Grain Direction Arrow. And as you can see, it's just a sketch but I've added a lot of stuff to it. I've got an Xdistance and a Ydistance and a rotation. These are all equations.
To access your equation, you know you go to Tools, Equations, and then you give them the values that you want. Okay, the distances don't matter so much. Neither does the rotation, really, because you might want to rotate it a different way, depending on how you want your grain direction to go. But I want those there so that when I place it on sheet metal, I can control how it looks and what the placement is. All right, additionally if you look at it, I've added a bunch of perpendicular and parallel constraints.
That way the shape is going to maintain, even when it gets rotated. And you can test it. You can add different rotations, right, to see if it maintains the shape. And if it does, you're good. So I've got that sketch set up. Then I'm going to go to the Grain Text. Now, the Grain Text, I want it also to use the rotation, okay, and I've set up a size and I've got a spacing to the origin, okay.
I don't necessarily have it anywhere in relationship to the arrow. I have it a little bit above the arrow and a little bit centered on the arrow. And those are the things that I'm concerned about, okay. So I've got this annotation, and I'm ready, and these are the two features that I want to be able to add, the Grain Direction Arrow and the Grain Text. Those are the two things that I care about for adding it to the Design Library.
- Adding a custom library to SOLIDWORKS
- Designing library folder locations
- Creating custom annotations for drawings
- Creating a grain direction annotation
- Modifying an existing forming tool
- Adding a forming tool to the Design Library
- Creating a hole pattern for a circuit board component
- Creating a feature to be reused
- Saving a feature to the Design Library
- Saving a block to the Design Library