4 Replies Latest reply on Jul 14, 2010 1:32 PM by Wayne Tiffany

    Making a SolidWorks drawing template

      I am new to solidworks and I would like to make a generic drawing template.  I know that you can load a solidworks drawing template that includes the title block and border but I wanted to know how to start from scratch.  I noticed that the border in the template is made up of actual lines that can be moved and dimensioned.  Is that how a border is created, drawn on a blank sheet, or is there a way to add a border of a certain size like from a dialog or properties.  I also noticed that the title block is made up of lines as well, is that how a custom title block is created, justed sketched out.  The other question I have is shown in the attached picture of a drawing sheet.  The sheet has a alpahnumeric coordinate grid like a map (not sure what the correct name for this is) to locate things on large drawings.  Does solidworks have a way to generate this or is it just drawn with added notes for the numbers and letters.


      Thank You

        • Re: Making a SolidWorks drawing template
          Dwight Livingston

          Yes, just sketch the whole thing. Use dimensions or snap to grid. I've had trouble with printing a bitmap logo, so I sketched that too.

          • Re: Making a SolidWorks drawing template
            Scott McFadden

            Hi Derek,

            This might require a few back and forths but I am willing to help you along the way.

            I started at my new job about 8 months ago and prior to that I was in charge  of developing

            and maintaining the formats.  I have assemed the same in this new job as well.


            I would start by creating your formats using lines and text per ASME Y14.1-2005.  This is the

            way I started.

            Remember in drawing mode you have 2 different modes:  "Edit Sheet Format" and "Edit Sheet"


            "Edit Sheet Format" contains all of your border lines, grid text, title block lines and text.  I would suggest

            with each drawing created using this format that the drawing notes go on the level as well or they could

            attach themselves to a view and get dragged around the drawing sas the view moves.


            "Edit Sheet" will contain all of your views, dimensions and tables.


            Once you get to this point (and I hope this helps you), you can then implement custom properties

            into your title block so you have a drawing that is auto populated.

            Let me know if you would like help with that as well.


            Good luck!!!

            • Re: Making a SolidWorks drawing template
              Wayne Tiffany

              You can also go to http://www.solidworkstemplates.com/.  Kevin has lots of good info there.



              • Re: Making a SolidWorks drawing template
                Scott McFadden

                Sorry Derek,

                One more thing.  You are going to want to save this obviously.

                Make sure you save it as a template (.slddrt)


                Once you have the template to the point of using it go to "File-Save Sheet Format"

                This will give you a ".drwdot"


                What this allows to happen is once you have your format pathing set up through system tools under options,

                is when you start a new drawing, your formats to show up to be selected.

                Hope this makes sense.