Learn how to edit the templates.
- [Instructor] Every time you start a drawing inside of SolidWorks, it uses a template. Now, you can create and modify your own templates and then save them to your file system, so every time you open up a brand new part, assembly or drawing, you can use the corresponding templates. In this video, we're going to show you how to create the drawing template. So, first thing's first, let's go ahead and fire up a brand new document. So click on new, I'ma go ahead and start from one of the existing templates that I already have. Now, I have a template here called LinkedInDrawing, right over here.
Click on that one there. And go ahead and click on open. It says right now that this font is not available. That's okay, we can select a new font, but we'll just actually use a temporary replacement font, doesn't really matter, 'cause we're going to be modifying this on the fly anyways. Alright, once you've got this document opened up, the next thing you want to do is right-click anywhere in the gray area. Actually, first we got to accept this, so click on OK. Exit out of the model view. Now, right-click and say edit sheet format.
Once you're editing the sheet format, you can see here, all the lines turn blue and we have the ability to grab things and move things around. So notice down here, we have this thing called your logo. Well, we don't want my logo, we want to put in your company's logo, for instance. So you can click on that, drag it anywhere you want, or you can even hit delete on your keyboard to get rid of it. So now we want to bring in a picture or a logo or something like that for your company graphics. To do that, it's pretty straightforward and easy to do. I'm going to head over here to sketch. Now if you don't have the sketch picture icon we can easily add that in, so normally it'd be showing up over here if we had it turned on so if you right click on sketch, come down here to customize command manager, come over here to commands and then come down here to sketch.
Alright so right there in the sketch toolbar you can see here is the sketch picture, and SolidWorks is a configurable environment so you can add or remove icons or tools from any one of the toolbars. So I happen to want to add this sketch picture right up here let's go ahead and just drag and drop it right there into that toolbar, and now we've got sketch picture added into our sketch ribbon toolbar. Alright, so once you're done with that click on OK, and now let's click on sketch picture. Alright so I'm going to be in chapter 15.
15 one, and you can see we've got this LOGO.png file so we can bring in these available file types, if you look at that entire list it's got to be one of those. Also in exercise files I've included a couple of other files you can play with if you'd like to as far as a DWG file as well as an Adobe Illustrator file. You can some modifications to the file and then save it out as one of these available file types, and you should be able to import that into your design. Alright, once you've got the sketch picture selected, go ahead and open that up and that's going to show up right here on your tool tip.
In this case its a little bit big, so let's go ahead and scale that back down, to size and then let's move it around on our screen. So once you've got it pretty much scaled the right size, I'm going to make it a little smaller than that, you can also change the transparency so if you look at the file itself, right now it says transparency none but this is a PNG file so you can actually choose from file and that should knock out the background. Let me go ahead and just place it where we need it. Now in this case we've got a little extra space here so I want to make this so it's going to fit in that area, so let's go ahead and just kind of put something right in there, and then just make it a little bit bigger so it fits.
Alright so, it doesn't have to be perfect we're just making this more of an example than actually making our company template. Once it's placed click on the green check mark now you've added that to your design, now you can come in here and double click in here and copy or type in your company information, your address, your phone number, your website and so on, make any modifications you want, go ahead and click anywhere outside of that, turns it off and then go ahead and just save the document. Now before we leave I do want to point out, over here notice these links. So this is a dollar prompt and this is actually a link to the material inside of your custom properties of your part.
So you can add these type of links to your design to your sheet so that information from the part will be automatically be imported into the drawing. Now most templates already have a lot of this set up for you and you can get into and modify these things as needed as well, and the other really easy way to do that is just click on annotation, click on note, click a note over here, and instead of actually typing something out, over here notice we've got a couple links. So we can link to a hyperlink, we can link over here to a property and that's the one we want to do so click to a property, and you can say current document or model found here so choose the document you're looking for, and then select the property name you want to find so down here you can link any one of these types of things inside of your document.
So if you wanted to link to a custom property or title, you can just like select that and it'll automatically add that in, like the date click okay and now that's been added into the date. So notice it replaces the actual date with this kind of cryptic text but whenever you use this sheet it will automatically pull in the long date format of today's current date. So pretty handy and cool to be able to use that. When you're happy click okay, and now that will automatically added into your sheet. When you exit out of the sheet notice you go back to the original format here and because we haven't actually added in the date or saved this file, it hasn't shown up but once you do, it'll actually show up right over here.
But anyways, those are the basics for creating or editing your template, now if you want to save it to the file system the next thing we need to do is do a file save as. So come up here to file, come down here to save as, now instead of saving this as a regular drawing, I want to save this as a drawing template. So click on the drop down here and come down here to drawing template, select that one there and then choose where you'd like to save it. So in this case I'm going to put it on my desktop, exercise files, chapter 15, 15 one which is the folder we're using right now, and then draw one template, name it whatever you'd like.
I would recommend actually saving this to, your file system like a company shared folder or some type of folder that you can easily access and other people who might be working with you can also access, that way you can save the template one time then everybody can use it and pull it into their drawing. Now in this case I'm just going to save it to the folder we happen to be working in but SolidWorks is not going to know where that is, so first things first let's go ahead and save this out so click on save. And now when you fire up and brand new document, it's going to say, hey I'm going to go ahead and look to the individual paths where the templates are residing on your file system, now if you haven't added these paths in there, SolidWorks is not going to know where to find them.
So cancel out, come up here under the gear icon come over here to system options, come down here to default templates. Actually sorry, file location. File location and then document templates. Alright so now we've got a couple things in here already, I want to add a new path. So that path I want to add is chapter 15, the folder we're in right now, so go to chapter 15, go to 15 underscore oh one and that folder right there has the template we just created. So go ahead and select that folder, notice it gets added over here, and then click on okay.
Once you do that, a lot of the times it's going to ask you if you're sure you want to make that change to the path. Say yes, say yes to do the SolidWorks elevation request as well, alright and then retry, and now we've added that path. So now we should be able to go up here and say new, and right here 15 one should show up and that's the drawing template we already created and saved, and I can use that to start a brand new drawing. Now if you didn't happen to have that font it might ask you this question as well, just go ahead and use a temporary font for right now, and now we're back into that drawing, we're ready to actually start bringing in our individual views and creating the drawing.
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