Learn how to change the sheet properties.
- [Instructor] In this movie, we're going to be further modifying our drawing template using some options and adding a DXF file and a few other things. So first thing before we get started is go ahead an open up that template. Come up here to open, right here, and in the 15_02 folder, we should see the draw1 template, and this is the same template that I saved out in 15 dash 01, and I just copied it over to this folder here so we can make further modifications.
Go ahead and click on that template, click on open, and it should open right up. Now in the last movie we added the icon here, and some information, now instead of adding a color icon, you might actually want to import a DXF file or a block, and to do that it's pretty straight forward and easy. I need to first turn on the blocks toolbar, so come up here, click anywhere in the gray area, right click, and then say blocks, and that's going to go ahead and turn this little toolbar on over here on the far right, and I'm going to go ahead and say insert block.
The block I want to bring in, if you click on browse, is going to be in that same exact folder, so it's going to be on the desktop, exercise files, chapter 15, 15 two, and then instead of a SolidWorks block, notice nothing shows up here, instead of a SolidWorks block I want to click on the little dropdown and choose either a DWG, or a DFX file. So here's that DFX file right there, click on open, and that brings in that block to my current drawing. Now the only problem is it's really big. So the nice thing about blocks is you scale them.
So over here as far as the scale, I know the default scale I need to have is point zero one. Click on that, and that makes it pretty small, and now I can go ahead and just kind of place that in my drawing. When you're done placing it hit escape to turn that command off. This is just another way that you can port something like a block or some little sketch element into your drawing template. Once you've got that in your template, you can continue editing the template. Now keep in mind, there's two different ways to do this. One is, I brought this block in actually on the drawing itself.
Now you could have also right clicked and said edit sheet format, and added that block on this level as well. So it depends if you want to have it actually part of your template, or you just want to bring it in to illustrate something in your drawing. So either way, you can bring in the template or that block the same exact way either way. Once you've made those modifications, go ahead and exit out. So now I'm back in the editing mode, and now I can go ahead and change some options. So come up here to this little gear, click on the options tab, and now I want to show you all the available things that go on behind the scenes.
So first thing is general, up here just kind of read through the different things, you have options for changing, and anything you change in the system options tab, which is this one up here at the top will be system wide and it doesn't specifically apply to this drawing you're doing. Alright so you can come down here and look at the drawings. You can look at colors, like the backgrounds for your display. All this information here is changeable for SolidWorks. External references, document templates or default templates. The default templates are accessible here, you can link to them to whatever you want them to be.
As far as file locations, you have a whole listing of things you can look and select from, and you can establish or modify the path to where those things are found on your file system from here. Come down here to feature manager, you've got options for this. You can show or hide things you might want to see in your feature manager, and so on. If you just kind of click through all these boxes, there's a ton of information that you can look at and modify for your SolidWorks installation. Now if you go over here to the document properties, these apply specifically to the document you're working in.
So in this case we're changing a template, so anything you change in the template will always be used anytime you're selecting that template, and that's very important. So if I come down here to like, for instance, units. If I want to have a three place decimal, you could select it here so any time you start a new drawing using this template, you'll always be using that three place decimal. If you wanted a four place decimal, select it there and you've got a four place decimal no matter what. If you want to be in the millimeter, gram, second unit, versus the inch, pound, second, go ahead and select it there. You can easily switch between the two, but in this case, let's go ahead to inch, pound, second, and choose a three place decimal, to keep that looking pretty good.
Those are the units we're going to be needing in the future. Up here under annotations, you can choose the way each one of these annotations is shown, or you can even come over here, the drafting standard at the very top, and actually just select a drafting standard and all these modifications will be applied based upon the standard you choose. So I happen to like this ANSI modified one, but it really depends on your company and what type of work you're doing. So definitely take a look at all the available information and modifications you can make to this template, and make sure you save those out, 'cause anything you save here will automatically always show up in any drawings you use this template to create.
Once you've made the modifications you want, click on the okay button and then let's go ahead and save this template out one more time. Now there's two files that we can actually save. The first one is the template itself, so go up here to file, come down to save as, choose the drawing template. Notice we've already got this template here so we can overwrite that template. So I'm going to call this one drawing1_fin. Alright so that's the finished version of our template. Go ahead and save that out. Now we can also save out this sheet format that we've been working on.
So to do that, same thing, file, come down here to save sheet format, in this folder here which is 15_02. Go ahead and, linkedindrawingtemplate, that looks pretty good. So this name down here, let's go ahead and overwrite that, and I'm going to change that to 15_02, and that is going to be our sheet format. Go ahead and save, and now we've saved out the sheet format that we're actually using in this drawing template, and if in fact if you want to link them together, you can do that fairly easily by right clicking anywhere on the sheet itself, click on edit sheet format, make any modifications here, go back over here, right click, come down here to properties, there's properties, and make sure we turn that on, and then come down here to properties, select that one there, and right over here are the sheet formats.
So we're using this sheet format right now, now you could change that to browse, you could come over here to where we're working right now. Which is going to be the desktop, exercise files, chapter 15, 15_02, which is that sheet form we just selected, click on that one there, and click on open, and now we're using the latest and greatest sheet format we just saved out. Go ahead and apply those changes, and then back over here, let's go ahead and save that document template one more time. So come down here to file, save as, drawing template, let's go ahead and overwrite the existing one, click on save, replace it, and now we've got our latest and greatest document template using our latest sheet format, to be all set up and ready to go for the next time we start a document.
Do remember to add that path to where we happen to be saving this file in the future.
First, see how to how to use the sketch tools to create two-dimensional sketches that become the foundation for 3D objects. Next, look at extruding and revolving 3D features; creating complex objects using the Sweep, Loft, and Surface tools; and modifying parts. Learn how to create uniform holes with the Hole Wizard, and explore more advanced modeling techniques using equations, mirroring, and pattern tools. Then review best practices for putting parts together in assemblies and building robust structures. The course wraps up tips for creating detailed drawings that relate the final parts and assemblies to a manufacturer, complete with an itemized bill of materials and drawing notes.
- Working with templates
- Creating sketches
- Extruding and revolving features
- Applying materials
- Sketching lines, shapes, and polygons
- Trimming, extending, and transforming geometry
- Adding fillets and chamfers
- Working with planes and coordinates
- Creating patterns
- Modeling advanced parts
- Making holes
- Designing with blocks
- Building assemblies
- Mating parts
- Linking sketches
- Using design tables
- Creating part and assembly drawings
- Creating dimensions
- Adding annotations