When I used Inventor it had a great library of standard steel shapes. Does SolidWorks have this?
Yes. On the Task Pane, select the Design Library tab, select SOLIDWORKS Content and then select Weldments. CTRL-click the standard name for the standard you want to download.
I downloaded the zip file. How do I put the content into SolidWorks?
Find the weldment profiles directory (or directories) here:
Unzip it into one of them:
You should probably go through the built-in Weldments Tutorial.
I attached my notes for the tutorial that includes a link to video covering some areas where students have the most difficulty.
Thank you very much!
If you are a student, you get access to the my.solidworks.com training material for Weldments. It's pretty good, and should get you up to speed pretty quickly. There are a lot of nuances to Weldments that are not intuitive. But, once you figure them out, you can do quite a lot with it.
Here's a link to the training Training | MySolidWorks
Ignore any of the training regarding Structure Systems. That's new functionality that's not fully developed yet.
Try this link to solidworks shapes.
Free CAD Designs, Files & 3D Models | The GrabCAD Community Library
I have not used them but they appear to be one sldflp file for each shape , so may be ok to be used for configured shapes.
You might like to have a look at this. It runs through the basics of the weldment profile setup along with creating custom profiles
Weldments – Where do I put those Custom Profiles – Now with Configurations #SOLIDWORKS | Michael Lord
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