This is what I see for missing hardware.
OK, first of all, you need to define "everyone". I am going to assume that you mean all the people that you work with.
The first question is: Is the toolbox that you re SUPPOSED to be part of on a network, or is it on a local drive.
Check with your co-workers and see where theirs is. If you see a network drive, then just change yours to the same one.
If theirs is local AND yours is local, then somehow yours was modified. See the links below on how to modify it.
How to Configure SolidWorks Toolbox and Hole Wizard – Part 1 | CATI Tech Notes
2015 SOLIDWORKS Help - SOLIDWORKS Toolbox Overview
it's unclear as to what you're wanting to know. I'm assuming you want to know why there is a difference between your toolbox and everyone elses (I'll assume you mean everyone within your working environment).
Firstly, have you just upgraded/re-installed? If so, get a colleague to run copy settings wizard and save their settings to a netweork location. then Run copy settings wizard on your machine and restore from the settings file they created.
Otherwise,on a colleagues machine, to go into System Options>Hole Wizard/Toolbox and take not of the folder location. Check this against you machine and change if neccessary.
Your most likely missing a file or a file is corrupted in your toolbox (assuming you have a local toolbox install). Easiest way to fix is to copy the toolbox files from a computer where it is working to your computer.
If all machines are running local toolboxes I'd recommend copying the one that works to a network drive and pointing them all at that.
Following up on what Dan mentioned, I would strongly encourage you to have the ToolBox on a network drive so that everyone is working from the same one. This way there are no surprises if someone creates a custom part or modifies an existing part. Rather than using ToolBox we take the toolbox parts, assign our own numbers and descriptions and save them in a Design Library located on the network drive.
all my co workers, the path is the same for every machine
Are you sure the hardware is actually missing or is it the thumbnail that is not showing correctly?
I had this exact same issue a while back, the hardware was available but the thumbnail image had gone missing on several items throughout the ToolBox, about 15 in total. I had to make the ToolBox part not Read Only, open the part in SolidWorks, Save it in it's default state which regenerated the thumbnail & then make the part Read Only again. After doing this for all parts & re-opening SolidWorks, all thumbnails showed correctly.
My ears started ringing at the shouting from the title. (Please edit it.)
This path is to your local hard drive and not to a common/shared location. Any customization that someone does to their TB will not be seen by anyone else. We have our TB on the network and everyone is pointed to it. We don't have the slightest problem with that.
If you want to keep your TB on your local drives then any customizations by anybody will require copying the large TB files to everyone's hard drive. That is a PITA and really unnecessary if you just put the TB on the network.
Ok, I've got to know what PITA is Dennis
sorry about the caps not yelling or frustrated
PITA = Pain In The Asssssss
Pain In The A$$
Brilliant! and quite accurate. I hope their templates aren't all local as well.
I understand what you saying but that path is to the local the toolbox is in the vault I believe that is on a network computer
This is interesting but the files are really not there. I checked
But then, are you all running local vaults?
That's a very good point.
Basically, if you are working with other people at your company and on a network (who isn't that isn't working alone?), then Toolbox and part, assembly, and drawing file templates and BOMs and sheet metal tables should be kept on the network.
Dennis is absolutely correct. If you are in a multi-user environment you will have trouble if your Toolbox is not in a shared location. Someone needs to be in charge of setup and maintenance of the Toolbox if you are using the Toolbox parts.
Also, if parts are not showing up, you can check that all of the relevant check boxes are checked (Start>Soldiworks>Solidworks Tools>Toolbox Settings).
If the check box isn't checked I don't think you will see the part in your Toolbox from within Solidworks:
In this case, the Roller Bearings wouldn't show up.
.Yes I completely understand that and agree and that is the way it is. The local the vault is on a PC called SPAY and the way I understand that it works is what we are seeing is the local copy not a local on every machine.
Make sense ill try that
I don't use PDM so I'd have to defer to someone that does, but if your TB has been working properly and now isn't then I would suspect that somehow your local vault is not syncing with the master. Your VAR should be able to help with this if you don't have a skilled CAD/PDM administrator there.
I may have misinterpreted what is going on above.
You may have a corrupted database. The suggestions above about copying a known good copy of the Toolbox and mapping to that may fix your problem. Toolbox uses a Microsoft Access database, and if you tinker too much with it, it gets corrupted. I wasted a lot of time trying to customize the Toolbox parts and every time it would get corrupted. This was in Solidworks 2014 but I don't know if it has been fixed.
But, it will definitely save you some trouble by having the Toolbox in a networked location (public drive or vault).
(what I thought when I read the Header) - It's only the kid at Walmart on the floor writhing with - "Because brother got it and I don't"
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