when a model is saved to a certain location then added to the design library are they still linked?
Deepak is correct. Adding a component to the design library through the interface you're showing make a copy of it in that location-A copy with no association between it and the file presumably created in the drawing folder.The only way to ensure that a drawing file will find a model file saved in a different folder is to turn on Search File Locations for external references in the Options dialog and then add the model folder to the search path in File Locations.
If you're managing files in Windows Explorer I urge you to use a simple category system to store files and use tags (you can add them in SolidWorks and Windows Explorer) to associate files with a particular project. Otherwise, you'll waste a lot of time searching for files, sorting out duplicates and deliberating over where to save things. Windows uses a pretty primitive hierarchical file system and it support multiple schemes or references very well.
This is the reason most CAD vendors offer pdm packages for setting up document storage and control. Workgroup PDM-which comes with SolidWorks Professional and Premium-is a good, entry-level document managment system.
How are you adding it to the library? OR are you just saving the feature in the design library?
In either case they should not be linked.
I use the add to library then add it to the designated folder.
Each job gets its own folder everything that is related to it is saved there.
Theses model are used in different assemblies we would like to have these common model in a general location but the drawing to stay with the folder it was created in. I wanted to know if I updated that model would all these be updated or do I have to do each one (from original job and the one in library)
As said earlier they should not be linked.
Why can't you make configurations for them instead and just keep one file. This way you would have to update only one file.
I have never used tags. How do I add it? How do they work?
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