Join Elise Moss for an in-depth discussion in this video Next steps, part of SOLIDWORKS: Managing the Design Library.
- [Instructor] You have gotten a really good overview of the SOLIDWORKS Design Library and how to use it. Let's look at what we've learned and what are some of the next steps you can take moving forward. Custom design libraries allow users to save features, blocks, forming tools, and annotations so they can easily be inserted into parts. You want to make sure that you follow the basic steps to save a feature or annotation, or whatever it is you want to reuse.
First, you want to create the element you wish to save, or locate the element in an existing part. And then you want to ask yourself if it needs locating dimensions. If it does, you want to add it. If it doesn't, you want to test the element. Then you don't and then after you create it, always make sure you test it to make sure it works the way you expect. Going forward, go through your current designs. Look for common elements which can be used across designs. Review your drawings, save general notes, symbols, and other annotations to the Design Library for easy reuse.
And look for ways to standardize your designs using your custom Design Library. That way, it's easier to fabricate your parts and you can benefit from the economy of scale by using the same emboss over and over. And your drawings look more standardized if you're using the same notes across the drawings. So, design libraries is a great way to add professionalism to the results of your designs.
Thanks very much for listening and watching.
- 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