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Suggestions on structuring drawings within Solidworks

Question asked by Jim Mongiardo on Jul 23, 2019
Latest reply on Jul 24, 2019 by Jim Mongiardo

While my current job is the wild-wild-west when it comes to standards and procedures, the silver lining is that I get to have a significant role in shaping these standards going forward.  Needless to say I've never been in quite this position before.  A couple of questions for the community:

1. When I first signed in, I read a back-and-forth discussion about multi-sheet drawings versus single-sheet drawings in Solidworks.  I can't find that thread.  So, at the risk of opening a can of worms, what are some thoughts on this?  I'll post a general idea of our usage case below for reference.

2. Can someone please point me to some good forum threads and/or online tutorials for drawing sheet formatting, titleblock editing and the like?  We have some non time sensitive projects at the moment so its a good opportunity to spend some time creating some templates and such.

3. What do you wish you knew about SW drawings that you know now that would change how you work?




General Usage:

Top Level Assembly - Can contain between 250 - 1000 components

1. General Layout for customer reference/use (sheet per each orthogonal view and an isometric).

2. Internal assembly documents

a. General Assembly Layout - Sheet for layout; additional sheets for job specific hardware details.

b. Piping Isometrics

c. Wiring Drawings - Sheets for single line and point to point

d. Control Panel - Various sheets (mechanical and electrical)

3. Component Details - Contain multiple sheets to fully define fabrication.

So we could easily have multiple sheets per actual SW part/assembly or we can create an individual drawing per sheet.

We disseminate drawings via pdf and have the ability to print on letter, legal and tabloid (aka B-size 11x17).