Contents• Current Weldment folder location • To Change the Folder Location • Additional Standards • Creating Custom Profiles • File Structure
Current Folder Location To find the Current Weldment Profile Location: 1. Open Solidworks 2. Go to the Tools menu, and then Options(Or click the Options button) 3. Then in System Options, click on FileLocations
Current Folder LocationTo find the Current Weldment Profile Location: 4. Click the arrow to open the Show Folders For dropdown, and scroll down to Weldment Profiles 5. The default folder is as shown Default location - C:Program FilesSolidWorks Corp 2012SolidWorkslangenglishweldment profiles
To Change the Folder LocationTo Change the Weldment Profile Location: 1. Using the same options dialogue used to find the current Location, Click Add 2. Then browse to the New Location, and click Ok
To Change the Folder LocationTo Change the Weldment Profile Location: 3. It is not recommended to use more than one location, and so best practice is to move any additional profiles to the new location if you choose to change from the default. 4. Then delete the unused folder, by selecting it in the same Options Dialogue and then clicking Delete 5. Then click Ok to save the changes, and exit the dialogue. If you have made any changes, Solidworks will ask you to confirm the changes, by clicking Yes.
Additional StandardsAdding Standards from Solidworks Contents: 1. Open Solidworks 2. Open the Design Library 3. Expand Solidworks Content 4. Click on the Weldments Folder *Quick Tip: To stop this panel from closing when you Click out of it, you can use the Auto Show Pin to hold it in place. This is located at the top right corner of the Design Library
Additional StandardsAdding Standards from Solidworks Contents: 5. Hold down the Ctrl key on your keyboard, while left clicking on the standard you wish to download 6. Choose where you wish to save the files, Select the folder, and click Ok.*Quick Tip: Usually this folder is the same location as your weldment profiles, however you may choose where you like. Shown is the default weldment location. 7. Wait for the download to complete 8. Then Browse to the folder you just downloaded to, you should see a zip (compressed) file (shown with a zipper on the folder symbol)
Additional StandardsAdding Standards from Solidworks Contents: 9. Double click on the folder to open it 10. You should see a single folder of the same name, Right click on that folder, and select Copy 11. Browse to the fold you downloaded to (default is weldment profiles). Right click in that folder and select Paste, Windows will copy the files, Wait for the process to complete 9. When it has finished, you should have two folders by the same name (the zip and the standard folder you just added) 13. Double click the new folder to open it, and you should see a number of folders, labelled according to Type of profile 14. Double Clicking on any of those folders, to open it, you should see a number of SLDLFP files, each of which is a Size of that Type of that Standard of Weldment Profile/S At this point, a new Standard will show in Solidworks, and you are ready to use these profiles
Creating Custom ProfilesTo Create your own Weldment Profiles: 1. Open a new part 2. Create a sketch of the profile you want, so for a circular pipe, 100mm diam, 8mm wall thickness, you would sketch the profile as shown. • The origin will become the default pierce (contact) point for the structural member • You can add sketch points, which can then be used as alternate pierce points (using the Locate Profile button. 3. To save the profile, Exit the sketch, select it in the feature tree, go to the File menu and select Save As 4. From the Save as Type drop-down menu, choose Lib Feat Part (*.sldlfp), and then save to the related folder see the section on File Structure 5. Close the part, no need to save it as a sldprt as it has been saved as above method.
File Structure How the File Structure is set up:When adding a Structural Member in Solidworks (using weldment profiles), You cansee that there are three drop-down menus to choose the profile. 1. Standard 2. Type 3. SizeSolidworks looks for the File Structure to look like this: File LocationStandardTypeSize.sldlfp Or in the example shown on the right
File Structure To set up your own File Structure: 1. As with the default location, your custom profiles must be stored in the correct file structure. 2. The first folder is the File Location specified in Solidworks of where to look 3. The Second folder(s) are what you will see in the Standards drop-down menu 4. The Third folder(s) are what you will see in the Type drop-down menu 5. The Size comes from the file name of the Profile. 6. The profile will show up in Solidworks, asweldment profilesCustom StandardCustom TypeCustom_Size_100_8
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