I am starting to investigate whether Smart Fasteners could be of value to us. As of now, the answer is a definitive 'No!', but that may be my fault.
I have an assembly with a circular pattern of Hole Wizard holes which I want to populate with screws and washers.
When I click Smart Fasteners and select one of the hole faces, sure enough, Solidworks adds screws into each hole:
Oops! They are all the wrong way up. I imagine this is because the hole wizard feature was created on the face where the head of the screw has gone.
That's OK, I can edit the Smart Fastener feature to change the mates.
Oops! Only one of the fasteners has changed. Can it really mean that I have to edit each set of mates? Or is there a way to reset the orientation of the whole set of fasteners in one go?
Then there's the type of fastener.
SHCS is all very well, but I decided I wanted Hex Heads.
When I select the Fastener type, only Hex Socket Head ISO 4762 is available.
What happened to the other types that are available in my toolbox?
Never mind, I'll stick a washer in under the screw head.
I select 'Add to Top Stack', but nothing is available to add.
My guess is that I have something configured incorrectly. The feature can't really be that useless, so I must have something wrong.
Do you have any idea what setting(s) may be causing this unhelpful behaviour?
Toolbox lives in the vault
Dragging and dropping toolbox components works as expected