6 Replies Latest reply on Mar 9, 2017 3:33 PM by Victor Frauenfeld

    how to setup the “Hole Callout” feature to automatically dimension a threaded hole?

    Yan Peng

      Hi,

      Does anyone knows how to setup the “Hole Callout” feature to automatically dimension a threaded hole?

      The “Hole Callout” in my computer can automatically dimension all details of Counter bores and Countersinks, but not work well for threaded holes. It only shows depth of a hole for a threaded hole.

      Thanks!

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        • Re: how to setup the “Hole Callout” feature to automatically dimension a threaded hole?
          Steven Richmond

          Yan,

           

          In your model use the Hole Wizard to create the threaded hole (or any hole for that matter)

           

          This'll then bring the details through to the drawing when using the hole call out.

           

          Regards

           

          Stevie

          • Re: how to setup the “Hole Callout” feature to automatically dimension a threaded hole?
            Victor Frauenfeld

            Yan,

             

            Stevie is correct about using the Hole Wizard. However, if you did use that to create your threaded holes, then here is a little more information for you.

             

            The actual note for the "hole callout" is controlled by the "calloutformat.txt" file that is being referenced by SolidWorks. Each computer can be set to point to a specific "calloutformat.txt" file. This location is controlled in the System Options=>File Locations=>Hole Callout Format File.

             

            The "calloutformat.txt" file can be modified to give more or less information on a hole callout. Be careful though, this may give you more issues if you modify it incorrectly. I suggest that you investigate how to modify this file correctly. There is a lot of information about that on the Forums too.

             

            Also remember that if your SolidWorks installation is pointing to a location on your C: drive, only you will see the new way the hole callout is displayed. If someone else tries to show a hole callout, their "calloutformat.txt" file will show how it is set up. It might be different that yours. If you plan on modifying the "calloutformat.txt" file, I suggest you put it in a network folder and have all of your coworkers point to it too. That way everyone will be using the same file.

             

            Another note about this is that if you do move the file out to the network, any future upgrades of the SolidWorks software will not update that file. So any new holes that SolidWorks adds will not be a part of the "calloutformat.txt" file. Just be careful.