Discover how to increase your SOLIDWORKS productivity by storing commonly used elements in the Design Library.
- So, welcome to Managing the Design Library in SOLIDWORKS. My name is Elise Moss. I am a certified SOLIDWORKS educator and a certified SOLIDWORKS professional. I am about halfway through my Certified SOLIDWORKS Expert. I'm a mechanical engineer, I work in Silicon Valley, mostly designing electromechanical packaging. I also teach SOLIDWORKS at Laney College, so I use SOLIDWORKS everyday. The Design Library is one of my favorite tools within SOLIDWORKS and I think it's probably one of the most underutilized and underappreciated tools inside SOLIDWORKS.
Once you start using it, you're going to see a huge boost in your productivity and your ability to get the job done. It's located right here on the SOLIDWORKS Resource bar and you can identify it by the stack of books on the tab. You can use it to manage features, patterns, sketches, annotations, sheet metal stamp, and forming tools, and blocks, and I use it for all those things and more. Any element that you think you will use more than once is a candidate for 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