Learn how to use this Design Library element in a real-world scenario.
- [Narrator] Okay, we've created our grain direction, design library element. And now it's time to test it out. So I've opened up our little test part which is just a base flange. And I've got my grain direction, annotation right here. I'm going to bring it, drag it and drop it onto the face. It's going to ask me for the configuration. So I'm going to select default. Then it asks me for two edges and a point.
So notice, it tells me what the edges are going to be. So it's asking for this edge first. So I'm going to select that edge first. Then it says, "Do you want this edge?" So I'm going to select that edge. Then is asks me for point. I'm going to just select the origin. And notice, it placed the grain text far away from the arrows. So we're going to need to fix that. So you see the grain direction here in the browser. You can see the grain direction arrow here.
And the grain text here. Notice when I highlight it, it shows me the dimensions here and here. So I'm going to change those dimensions. I'm going to change this one to two. And I'm going to change this one to five. And I'm going to hit rebuild. And notice it located it up. Notice how it changed. So I went a little bit too high up. So, the two is fine, the five is a little too tall. So I'm going to come down, I'm going to say one point five.
And that moved it back down. Okay, the grain's still off. Remember when we defined it, we defined the grain separately from the arrows. So they're moving independently. So I'm going to come over to the grain text and I'm going to look at it. So we have this point two and this point one. But we don't have anything oriented at two here. So I'm going to select, I'm going to select this endpoint here.
And I'm going to select this edge right here. I've got a point right here. And that's what's locating it. I think is this point o three point. So let's see if I can use that to dimension it. No, so I'm just going to see how the move tools work with it.
I wanted to delete that dimension. Because it wasn't really doing anything. And I'm going to look at these dimensions to kind of see where they're going. So, I've got this distance dimension, this distance dimension, angle dimension. It almost looks like this needs their locating dimension. So this dimension's conflicting with the point two dimension. That's what I want to know.
Okay, so that's the dimension that's going to move it over. Okay, so the point two dimension's coming from the origin. So that's good to know. And that located it. And that placed it where it needed to go. So, in the future, I might want to go in. And I might want to give that point two dimension a name. Because I have this dimension, and this dimension.
But my locating dimension's aren't anywhere here. So I might want to move those, here, so it's easy for me to figure out where things are. So I've got the X distance for the arrow. The Y distance for the arrow. And the rotation and the rotation. I need to look at the grain text. And I'm going to change this point two, to equation for the S two.
So it can be used as locating dimensions. So I'm going to add an equation. And link that. To the text x direction. And then add that as a locating dimension. I wanted it to go into the locating dimensions, not the text directions. That's the x distance for the arrow.
That's the y distance for the arrow rotation. Here's the text x direction. And here's the rotation direction. I'm going to save it. I'm going to retest it and see if that makes it a little bit easier to use. So once again I'm going to select the default. I'm going to select that edge, and that edge. And the origin.
So it placed it. And you can see these dimensions. I'm going to change that to o point five to get it down a little bit. And then I'm going to select the grain text. And here's my point two. This is one point four. So I'm going to say this is one point four. Do a rebuild. Okay, that moved it a little bit.
And I could also, because this is coming from the origin, I could also do a measure, from the origin to the mid point. That gives me what I'd like that dimension to be. And then do a rebuild. It got a little bit closer. And that centered it exactly. Why did I have to use two point four? Because this is point four long. So I had to do two point two, plus 1/2 of two point four.
And that placed it. And one of the reasons why this is shifting off is because this is dimensioning to the origin, whereas this is dimensioning to edges. So you have two items that are basically being placed using two different reference places. So that's why it's behaving that way. All right, so moving on, we're going to be working with forming tools.
- 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