My 2016 student edition does have the "Design Library" as near as I can tell. I've been looking all over for it.
Anybody know where it's hiding ?
You have to tell SOLIDWORKS that the files in the design library are forming tools:
Design library is merely a file location for stored parts. you can create custom models/tools and bring them into the SW environment by adding the new folder location to the library. You have a few form tools buried in with the SW install, they are basic.
look for a path in your computer to the SW install folder and navigate into the tutorial folder similar to below:
Plenty of helpful tutorials online to help you create your own tools.
Well I don't know what all that means. "Path" ? "Tools buried in with the SW install" ?
I'm going to need more specific's then that, that is if I have them somewhere.
I've watched several video's the the author tells the viewer to "go to your design library and look for this part or tool".
Default location: C:\ProgramData\SOLIDWORKS\SOLIDWORKS 2016\design library\forming tools\
Be carefull - ProgramData folder is a "system folder" and by default is hided.
I'm a computer dumbie. But I found the folder. So do I just double click on the "Design library" and it loads everything in to SW ?
and after that:
you could also add your own locations, add and edit parts in this folders etc.
I hope you are able to use design library now!
My OS is Won10Pro. Different then yours. I found the file but it won't load into the slot as yours with the "OK" button.
I tried double clicking but that didn't work either. So close but so far. Like I said, I'm a dumb-e.
Could you download TeamViewer client (http://solidexpert.com/se_helpdesk.exe) and send me your ID? I need to go sleep, but you have 15 minutes to do this.
I will connect to your PC and add this location. I'm also use Win10Pro.
I did find the right file didn't I ?
Who can tell me the procedures to get the file to open ?
I dont like the idea of letting strangers on my PC.
Why don't you tell us what you're trying to accomplish so we can help you better. Are you trying to make use of a particular tool, smart component, or what?
Open Solidworks, go to the tools options dialog box. Under systems options, it will open up with this selected at the top, look down the right side and select "File Locations". In the drop-down that says "Show folders for", select "Design Library". The path there should match the location that you found on your computer. Use the add button to browse to that location if it isn't showing up here.
F. Leatin wrote: My 2016 student edition does have the "Design Library" as near as I can tell. I've been looking all over for it. Anybody know where it's hiding ?Thank you.
F. Leatin wrote:
Are you looking for the Design Library in the user interface or are you looking for where the files for it are stored. If you are looking for the files where they are stored, see other replies in this thread. If you are looking for where it is in the interface, it is in the task pane which is, by default, a set of icons on the right side of the graphics area.
Here are related help topics:
2016 SOLIDWORKS Help - User Interface Overview
2016 SOLIDWORKS Help - Task Pane
2016 SOLIDWORKS Help - Design Library http://help.solidworks.com/2016/english/solidworks/sldworks/r_design_library.htm
I hope this helps,
No it's not in the task pane. It's not installed yet. That's what this thread is about. Getting it installed so it is in the task pane. Thank you.
I watched that video. It from 2011. It does not match completely step for step to my Win 10 pro. It's close. but not exact. Thanks
After further research I found I do have the Design library in the task pane but the forming tools are not there. So with the help of the other members I was able to get the forming tools in the task pane but something is still not right.
After I open the design library and drag a louver to the part, I get this error message and I never get the "Form Tool Feature" property manager tree.
Read the SW tutorial about forming tools in the help file. It tells you exactly how to add the forming tools to the design library and how to tell SW that they are actually forming tools. Until you do that, SW with show the 'derived part' message.
"Read the SW tutorial about forming tools in the help file. It tells you exactly how to add the forming tools to the design library and how to tell SW that they are actually forming tools. Until you do that, SW with show the 'derived part' message."
Where will I find this "Tutorial - forming tools - help file" ? Thank you
You can access the tutorials from inside SOLIDWORKS:
A window will open with the tutorial categories listed. Select 'All SOLIDWORKS Tutorials' and then click on 'Sheet Metal: Forming Tools'.
I found the file as you instructed, but still having the same problem. Error: Are you trying to make a derived part ?
I did what you said. I don't understand what I did but it's working now. Very confusing.
Should I expect the same problem with other parts in this folder ?
Thank you for the help.
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