Learn how to create the folder that contains your Design Library elements.
- [Narrator] So, we're going to start by setting up our own custom library. You may recall that I said that you want to keep your library away from SOLIDWORKS so that if you run updates, reinstall SOLIDWORKS. Create a new installation of SOLIDWORKS that doesn't blow away all your hard work. I want to bring your attention to where the library is again. It's on this resource bar. And it's where the stack of books it. So you want to press on that tab that's going to open up that resource bar, so you can see the design library.
And you can see SOLIDWORKS comes with a design library. And it's got a bunch of stuff in it. And if you've never gone in and looked at it, you can see there's already some cool stuff that comes inside of SOLIDWORKS. And you can kind of go through and look at what SOLIDWORKS has in their design library. And get ideas for your own library. So you can see they've got some whole patterns and linear patterns too. But were going to work on creating our own custom library, because every company's different.
And every company has their own features and special way they work. And you want to be able to reuse the stuff that you do, in your work, all the time. So we start by creating our own custom library. And notice right here, we can add a file location. And we add library. And we can create a new folder. We want to add a file location because we're basically going to point to a place on our server or local drive, where we are going to create our design library.
So we start by opening up file explorer. Now, if you've never opened up file explorer, it's pretty easy. You can just right click and select file explorer here. Or you can type in file explorer. And that'll bring you the file explorer up. So, comes up, gives you a little window here. I'm going to put it on my local drive. And I'm going to create a new folder. So I'm going to say, "New folder." And I'm going to call it, My Awesome Company Library.
So you want to give it a name, that is distinctive. So that you know that it's your custom library. And again, you want to keep it away from SOLIDWORKS. So you don't want to put it anywhere near wherever the SOLIDWORKS files are. And you want to put it somewhere where other people on the team can access it. So here I am. And I'm going to add that file location. So I'm going to go over to the D drive. And look at My Awesome Company Library.
And I'm going to say, "okay." And notice, here's My Awesome Company Library, all ready to go. So I can start adding folders and organizing my files.
- 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