I'm trying to do the same thing. Can anyone help with this?
There are many threads that talk about this. For starters look to the right in "more like this" section or do a search.
Lots of tutorials on YouTube
See also http://rocksolidperspective.com/2010/07/20/add-a-new-hole-type-to-the-hole-wizard/
Go to Tools>Options then
This was a real pain in the a$$ to figure out but eventually I finally got SolidWorks to work for me instead of like other people and just modify the thread note.
Here is how to get an 8-40 hole to work for you!
First of all you neet to go up to the pull down menu and select 'Tools' and then scroll down and select 'Options'
This dialog box will come up.
Select Hole Wizard/Tool Box and then select the 'Configure' button.
This Toolbox dialog box will pop up. Clic on 'Select your hardware' from the menu in the middle.
This page will come up. I have a custom company folder 'CVI'
You'll have to make one in order to add custom stuff.
So click on the 'Ansi Inch' Folder
You'll be at this menu. Just above the 'Bearing' folder is a double folder icon.
Clic on it to create your own custom folder.
Enter a name for your new standards. In this case I'm calling it 'Jeff' in your honor. Click the green check mark.
A little box will come up telling you it's creating a new standard. This can take a few minutes.
One 'Jeff' is created it'll be on the bottom of the left menu. High light it and deselect any standards you will not use.
Also make sure 'Hole Wizard Holes' is check marked.
At the top of the menu is a number '2'. Click on it and you'll get the 'Customize hardware' menu.
Highlight the 'Jeff' folder and you should see you're standards that you selected.
I only did Hole Wizard Holes to keep it simpified.
Click Hole Wizard Holes
Next click the Tapped Holes folder
And finally the Tapped Holes Icon
At this menu click on 'Thread Data' in the Standard Properties menu.
This is the meat and potatoes of customizing threads.
It's a copy of the ANSI inch folder so it will not affect anything that comes with SW.
Take some time to scroll back and forth on the information just to become familiar.
Okay, now on the left of the word 'Size' is a plus (+) icon. Click on it and a data box will appear.
Enter in the values i calculated for #8-40
Make sure to include the zero's in front of the decimals to stay consistent with the rest of the data.
Then click 'OK'
Now in the Standards menu click 'Sizes' which should be just above Thread data.
Click on the plus(+) icon.
This data box will appear.
This will add the new thread to the Tapped Holes Folder.
Enter in the data as seen and click 'OK'
This dialog box will appear. If all data is entered in correctly the hole will work.
Save the changes by clicking the save icon - it's the blue 3 1/2 inch floppy icon next to the house at the top.
Exit out of the Toolbox menu.
OK out of the Systems Options
Test out the hole in Hole Wizard.
You'll find your custom thread in the 'Jeff' Standard.
Apparently I entered in all the information correct. Haha!
Enjoy the #8-40 threaded hole for years to come!
I wanted to thank everyone for their help with this problem! With the help provided I was able to add the threads I needed. I ended up having to go all the way up to a #8-80 thread to get a thread that did not cut through the tube I was working on!
So when i creat a new copy standard (yours was 'jeff') nothing apperes at the bottom left
under 'Superior' after it is done loading. Any idea as to why this is happening.
Try restarting your machine and check if the standard you made appears magically else try making new one.
Not sure what is going on but i tried restarting my computer twice and making a new file and the file is still not showing up. Ill try calling tech support and see if they have any ideas.
I'm using solidworks 2010. I haven't loaded 2011 yet, so there might be somethings that are different.
I am using 2010 as well.
SW2011 is the same as your detailed post above.
Any insight into why the customer folder wont appear. Having the same issue. Im good up until the folder is done being created then...nothing..Great write up BTW..
I just completed writing a step-by-step instruction for adding a new standard in the Hole Wizard. I can post it here when I get to work. tomorrow
Ill be paitiently waiting
Sorry for the delay. Here is the step-by-step instruction for adding a New Standard in the SolidWorks Hole Wizard.
I tried to write it so that someone just starting with SolidWorks could complete it with no problems. Again, I'm sorry the delay.
Your feedback would be appreciated.
That's excellent, Ralph. You should ask an OSWUG leader to upload that as a forum Document for future reference.
That is some awesome work. Thank you for not only preparing that,
but sharing it as well.
That's a nice piece of work.
Thanks for your time and effort to put it in PDF and share.
This will help all SW beginners to use and modify hole wizard.
Excellent write up, unfortunately my "new" folder goes through the motions like its being created then nothing. Everything works as expected until step 6...no new folder is shown
This happens when you do not have permission to create a new standard in the Hole Wizard/Toolbox. You would not be able to create a new thread in the SolidWorks Hole Wizard Standards that come with the software also. I have seen this where I work, some people have their hole wizard information from network and it is read only.
Please check under Hole Wizard/Toolbox section, there is a file location box at the top, the configure button is at the bottom.
Kelvin, Scott, and John
Thank you for your kind words. I'm thinking about creating some other instructions but, not sure what is needed.
I will contact Chris White about your suggestion. Thanks.
There have been a few "Custom Property Tab Builder" questions recently, so that might be a good subject.
Other area is drawing template and linking properties between drawing, part and assemblies.
SW starters can get a basic knowledge of these functions.
Thank you once again for your time and effort.
This is how I have my templates set up. I go to Properties and type the information in the Model and information is connected to the Assemblies and Drawings. Plus, I have the file location on the bottom the Drawing. I can do something like how to set up templates using the Custom Properties.
I do like Kevlin's idea of the Custom Property Tab Builder. It is something I wanted to learn more about too. I would have to investigate that subject a little more before writing something.
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