3 Replies Latest reply on May 18, 2016 8:40 PM by Oboe Wu

    Huge issues with MBD setup and Use

    Jason Lackey

      First off, I am a huge proponent of moving to MBD based on what I've seen in presentations, downloaded examples, and research.


      However, after receiving a copy from my VAR, I can't get this setup at all.  I have attempted to adjust the provided templates, but unless I start a new one, I can not adjust the size of the boundary boxes to fit my company logo, so then I have to create my own from scratch.  This wouldn't be that big of a deal, except after creating table templates for adding them into the new pdf template, it crashes.  Secondly, without adding anything at all to the new template, and just printing to it, the entire thing is black except for the model view parts.  Hitting the back ground button opens a dialogue to find a new image for the background.  I don't want an image, I just want a white background.  The few resources I have found for creating a template have only showed how to make changes with the provided template.


      Template creation aside, just printing into the standard templates is not proving much better.  When I print to the PDF, the feature control frame text is messed up.  When there is a hole count, the X is not an x, just a series of lines.  There is no period in from of the diameter value.  The M in the max material condition is larger than all of the text and overlaps the value to the left, it is not in the circle.  Dimensions that are not assigned to the view still show up.  I have been seeing sketch dimensions of weldment profiles.


      In regards to weldments, the ability to have a cutlist as opposed to a BOM does not seem to be possible.  Is there a setting to make this possible.  About 80-90% of what we design is weldments, so if this is not possible, then the 3D pdf option is not possible for us.


      There seems to be pretty much no real documentation for setting up or even using the MBD add-in at this point, which is very surprising that SWx would be behind pushing such a huge paradigm shift without providing any documentation to support it at all.  The help section is useless.  This is very frustrating and disappointing.


      Also, there is supposedly a new STP format available that ill contain the PMI like the native file, but that option is not available.


      Can someone point me to something that would be of actual help on setting up and effectively using this add-in, because at this point, regardless of what I have found in research, I am starting to believe that all of the presentations from companies that supposedly have switched to MBD have posted presentations they generated based on the promise of what MBD can do, and not actually having used it and then generating the reports afterwards.



      Jason Lackey

      SWx premium 2016 x64 edition

      SP 3.0

      Windows 7 Enterprise SP 1

      Intel Xeon E31225 3.10 GHz

      12 GB RAM

        • Re: Huge issues with MBD setup and Use
          Alessandro Tornincasa

          Hi Jason,

          I would start here:

          SOLIDWORKS MBD | MySolidWorks Training


          It's a very well made prep course with valuable material tackling some of your questions.



          • Re: Huge issues with MBD setup and Use
            Casey Gorman



            I agree with Alex, start with the My.SolidWorks training.


            The way themes (templates) work in MBD is that you have a folder that contains all of the necessary items needed to pull the theme together when you publish your PDF.


            With the above in mind, I have found that SOLIDWORKS will crash upon exiting of the Theme Editor if that is all that you have open. If you open a model prior to editing your theme, then open the Theme Editor, everything works fine.


            A little workflow to create the type of theme I think you are after would be like this:

            1. Copy an existing theme folder (and all the contents) (It is best to start from an existing as opposed to starting from scratch)
            2. Rename the copied folder to a useful name
            3. Create your Page using SOLIDWORKS Drawings (you should have at least a border of some type on your page) and 'Save As' a jpeg. Save this into the newly renamed folder. This will become your background that you use in the Theme Editor.
            4. In SOLIDWORKS (with a model open), open the PDF Theme Editor
            5. Locate the Theme you wish to change/update (your newly created one) and open it
            6. Select the 'Background' icon and then select the jpg file you saved
            7. Save Theme


            The above is a light workflow to help hopefully with your issues.


            • Re: Huge issues with MBD setup and Use
              Oboe Wu

              Thank you Jason.

              Here are more resources:

              1. Quick animations of tips and tricks.
              2. MBD general blogs and technical blogs.

              We are also working on more tutorials built into the product.