By Holly Cheek
SolidWorks Weldments has added an excellent enhancement for the 2014 release. The weldment profiles of structural members are now configurable! Previously, weldment profiles were managed on a file-by-file basis.
So, why would you want to configure SolidWorks weldment profiles? Some benefits include:
- When creating a custom property to for the profile, you only need to add it in one location for the profile, and all variations of the profile now have that custom property.
- When adding location points onto the weldment profile when inserting a Structural Member, all sizes get this location point as well. So if you need to change the size of the weldment profile later on, the reference is not broken.
- You can use design tables to create the various sizes, this is a good solution for managing all of those sizes.
These benefits are a huge time saver in creating and using weldment profiles.
The picture below shows a screenshot of a weldment using the new Configurable Profiles.
A configuration in SolidWorks is variations of one part maintained in one part document. Below is a screenshot of a square profile, and the Configuration Manager showing just a portion of the various sizes available.
The new PropertyManager has not changed at all with this enhancement; we just need to choose a configuration instead of a type file.
You do need to point SolidWorks to the correct file location of those weldment profiles. This is done in the System Options (1) > File Locations (2) > Weldment Profiles (3). You will want to save this somewhere outside of a SolidWorks file, so create a new file on your C:// drive for this. The reason you want to do this is because if you uninstall/reinstall SolidWorks, it will write over documents and delete the files.
Did you know that SolidWorks comes with weldment profiles right out-of-the-box? From the SolidWorks Content in the Task Pane you can download the standard you require. Just Ctrl+click on the standard you want. However, these out-of-the-box weldment profiles don't include the new, configured profile set, so save some time and use the link below to download the profiles from Hawk Ridge Systems.
This is a .zip file, and will automatically begin to download when you click the link.
Want more info? Here's a quick video from our YouTube channel that I made about SolidWorks Weldment Profiles.
Will the new configurable SolidWorks weldment profiles save you time in your day-to-day design work? Let us know what you think in the comments.