Anybody using Smart Fasteners successfully? I'm seeing lots of people having trouble with them. Are they worth the trouble?
Every few months I think it would be good idea to try and set one up.. but then I always have so much trouble I give up.
It's the same with library features, anything with a slight complexity causes me such headaches and wasted time I right them off..
Following this... I'd love to see some examples of them being used.
I don't use them.
Mine are stupid ones from McMaster.
Same here. I only use the 3D models from the vendors which the company purchased the hardware
I am with Rob I would like to use them because when they work they are helpful. But they seem to seldom work right. Maybe I don't know the correct way to use them.
The company I work for quit using toolbox early on and get many of their fasteners from McMaster Carr so none of them are smart. I have tried to train a few of them but have failed miserably every time I have tried.
Great feedback. Thanks for chiming in. I'll of course try to mess with them, but will be hesitant to go too crazy implementing them until they are proven to work well. Maybe next upgrade.
I love them and use them all the time with no issues. Smart Fasteners and Toolbox are based off a library/db if you‘re seeing funny behavior, I would ask the following:
How many Solidworks users are there?
How many versions of Solidworks are in use? (It is version sensitive.)
Where exactly is each user/version pointed to for the Toolbox folder? (Everyone customizes their own local copy C:/Solidworks Data or network shared folder)
Are any users trying to copy files out of the Toolbox folder and trying to use them as regular part files?
If you have multiple users that regularly have manually insert/mate in dozens or mor of hardware AND the relative stacks OR spend a lot of time trying to match vendor/meta data to standard holes/hardware per assembly, it is definitely worth training the user base to use a shared Toolbox consistently.
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