Changing the Default Template in SolidWorks
Are you tired of starting a new project in SolidWorks and having to modify the same settings over and over again? Well, you’re in luck! In this tutorial, we will learn how to change the default template in SolidWorks, so every time you start a new project, it will automatically load with your preferred settings.
Step 1: Opening SolidWorks Options
To begin, launch SolidWorks and navigate to the “Tools” menu located at the top of the screen. Click on “Options” from the dropdown menu.
Step 2: Accessing System Options
Once you are in the Options dialog box, click on “System Options” from the left-hand panel. This will open up a list of various settings for SolidWorks.
Step 3: Changing Document Templates
In the System Options window, locate and click on “Default Templates” from the list on the left-hand side. This will display options related to document templates.
Creating Custom Templates
If you have already created custom templates that you want to set as your default, click on “Browse” next to each document type (Part, Assembly, and Drawing) and select your desired template file from your computer’s file explorer. Make sure to select a template file with all your preferred settings already configured.
- Note: If you haven’t created custom templates yet, continue reading below for instructions on how to create them.
Creating Part Templates
To create a custom part template:
- Create a new part document by clicking on “File” > “New” > “Part” from the menu.
- Modify the part document to your desired settings, such as units, sketch planes, and default features.
- Once the modifications are complete, click on “File” > “Save As” from the menu.
- In the Save As dialog box, choose a location to save your template file and provide a name for it. Make sure to select “Part Templates (.prtdot)” as the file type.
- Click “Save” to save your part template file.
Creating Assembly Templates
To create a custom assembly template:
- Create a new assembly document by clicking on “File” > “New” > “Assembly” from the menu.
- Add components, define mates, and set up any other desired settings for your assembly template.
- Click on “File” > “Save As” from the menu. Make sure to select “Assembly Templates (.asmdot)” as the file type.
- Click “Save” to save your assembly template file.
Creating Drawing Templates
To create a custom drawing template:
- Create a new drawing document by clicking on “File” > “New” > “Drawing”.....
- Set up the desired sheet format, drawing views, annotations, and any other preferences for your drawing template....
- Click on “File” > “Save As” from the menu.
- In the Save As dialog box, choose a location to save your template file and provide a name for it. Make sure to select “Drawing Templates (.drwdot)” as the file type..
- Click “Save” to save your drawing template file.