1 Reply Latest reply on Feb 11, 2019 7:00 AM by John Stoltzfus

    Cutting sheets for Factory

    Lucas Stanis


      I have a simple question but I wasn't sure which category I should allocate it to.


      When we send a production order to the shop floor, we usually attach so called 'cutting sheets'. It is a simple printout from Excel showing what lengths and dimensions are required for given job. That comes along with generic drawing as well.


      The downside of this is that customer specifies the required size, and then it is typed in manually to excel in order to get 'cutting-sheet' done. Production employee is working around dimensions given on the cutting-sheet and uses SW drawing as a reference.


      I was wondering if I could export these cutting sheets in solidworks and bypass excel.

      I know that I can use DriveWorks to export drawings of a given size automatically, however cutting sheet usually has more than 1 size. It is usually about 10 different sizes fitted onto one piece of paper. If I did it with DriveWorks I would have at least 10 drawings.


      Do you have any idea how to overcome that?

      Please advise me on suitable category of this query.

        • Re: Cutting sheets for Factory
          John Stoltzfus

          Lucas Stanis - You could add it in the Drawing Section of the forum.  I'm thinking all you need is to have a "Custom Bill Of Material", which is easy to set up.  You may need to add Custom Properties as well.  Could you share pictures of what you really need and someone will be able to assist you, sometimes things like this are a little difficult to diagnose without a good idea what you need....


          There is a macro that I use to have additional cover sheets in my drawing pack and this macro changes the value of Sheets included in the drawing pack, so that my first actual drawing reads Sheet 1 of ......  - otherwise if I have 5 or more cover sheets before the first drawing then the first drawing would read Sheet 6 of.....