Is it required to set-up a folder for reference file location under tools?
what kind of files are put into this folder?
will this effect how a job is pack & go?
Do you have a Top Level folder above job#-swx? If so, put that folder in your Reference Documents path.
No, you don't have to set up reference file locations. When Solidworks is loaded
the default file locations are show using the default Solidworks setup files.
Now if you have specific locations for items such as Blocks, Formats, Material files,
Favorites, etc.. then it is a good idea to setup the file locations to point to the locations
you have setup for these items. That way when you select the browse button for these items
your selected folder will show up.
Pack and go starts from your working directory and you can point to another location if desired.
Hope this helps.
Obviously, you're having problems with SolidWorks Explorer not finding all your in-context external references, therefore, I highly recommend you compile a list of all the path names to your SolidWorks files and use all the settings I showed you in the other thread.
I also recommend flat folder structure management.
When configured correctly, SolidWorks Explorer always finds the references.
The reference paths are critical for ensuring that SolidWorks finds all the file references properly, especially if you store your files in multiple windows folders.
You should have a reference path to each folder location where you store SolidWorks part, assembly and drawing files. This goes for both SolidWorks and SW Explorer as they both use the same tool for locating references to parts and drawings such as through file open and pack and go.
To do that, I would have to reset this folder every time I start a new job?
that doesn't make much sense?
every time i have a sub folder I will need to add it to this list?
Why? You should only have 3 or 4 places where models are stored.
For my company we have the following top level folders;
Products = Custom or standard manufactured products
Common = Manufactured parts which are common to various products
Library = Purchased Parts
Custom = Any customization of the contents listed in File Locations
Sub-folders are included automatically
Every time I start a new job my folder structure chages
we always keep the entire job under a job #
we have as follow: job#-swx
inside that folder we have a folder "swx" for our parts we design
then have a folder "part" for our customer geometry
we also have many sub-folders inside our "swx" folder for any sub-assemblies we copy in or draw
I'm sure were not the only one who's using a custom folder structure for there designs
So use the folder the Job # folders are stored in ... or do you store everything under the root directory?
If you are talking about locations for your parts, assemblies and drawings
our structure is pretty simple
Non Released>Project folder # (all three go in here)
there might be quite a few project folders
Then, Released where there are no sub folders and EVERYTHING related goes in here.
Yes, hardware and purchased parts go in appropriate sub folders under a directory called "Hardware"
But what ever file folder you choose put the main folders in here
ok, we do have a jobs folder we keep them all in
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