6 Replies Latest reply on Jul 16, 2015 12:38 PM by Glenn Schroeder

    Need help with drawing reference please

    Noah Thomlison

      Hello everyone,


      I am having one issue that I would like some help with and another thing I would like some advice on please.


      First the issue, right now at work I am making a series of drawings for our shop. These involve different configurations of flytes and chains, don't know if flytes are a common thing they pretty much just attach to the chain to pull logs or material along. There is numerous different configurations of these flytes and chains for example I will have a drawing that is of a chain of 50 links and 25 flytes, so they are connected every second link, and another with 52 links and 26 flytes and so on. I started by making the first 2 chain links mating the flyte and linear patterning it to get the desired length and number of flytes. Once this was done I proceeded to make the drawing for this. Once I had that down I was planning on using the same files, with a new name, and modifying the pattern and layout as needed but hoped to keep my drawings the same so that only minor adjustments would be needed. To do this I was opening up the solid works explorer and changing the reference on the drawing to the new assembly. I thought I had it down until I got to like the tenth drawing but then looked at the previous and the references had just changed for all of the other drawings as well. So instead of the references being like this







      it is






      If anyone knows how to make the reference changes stop changing the other folders and drawings that would be helpful.


      Second thing I wanted to ask, in my drawing right now I have a bottom up broken view of the chains, as they are long, a side view that is broken as well and then a detailed view to show weld detail. I was requiring a second detailed view from above to show more weld detail but was unsure how to go about this. at the moment I am using an assembly of just a single link and flyte to get this top down view. would it be better for me to just make a top down broken view, get the detail off this and then hide it?


      Thanks for the help guys. Hope my issues are clear and look forward to hearing from you.


      Noah T

        • Re: Need help with drawing reference please
          John Stoltzfus

          Would it be possible to post pictures or parts or drawings??

          • Re: Need help with drawing reference please
            Glenn Schroeder



            I'll try to help.  For your first issue, instead of the process you're using, I'd like to suggest you take advantage of the Pack and Go feature when you want to create new, but similar files.  This will save a copy of the drawing and all referenced files to a new location and/or to different names.  It won't affect the parent files, and all new files will reference the new drawing.  With your drawing open, go to File > Pack and Go.  That will bring up the Pack and Go dialog box containing, among other things, a list of files.  The drawing will be at the top of the list, and all model files referenced by the drawing below it.  One column is labeled "Save To Name".  Double-click on the file name in this column to re-name.  There is a Browse button near the bottom where you can select the folder location for the new files.  I use this feature regularly with no problems.  I would like to remind you to close out the drawing after the process and then open the new one.  I've accidentally edited the wrong files by accident due to forgetting to do that.


            For your second issue, there is no point in creating a detail view and then hiding the parent.  Instead, insert a view, increase the scale to what you want, and Crop the view (Insert > Drawing View > Crop) to show the area you want.