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How To Download SOLIDWORKS Weldment Profiles for Free

By John Hall on September 14, 2018

For those of you who have used Weldments for frame design and extrusions in SOLIDWORKS, you're probably aware of how easy they are to work with and create. However, you may not be aware that there are literally thousands of profiles that you can download for free directly in the software. 

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SOLIDWORKS Weldment structural member

How to Download the Weldment Profiles

Almost all of the standard weldment profiles are available, such as ANSI, BSI, DIN and Unistrut. To download the files, simply start SOLIDWORKS, launch the Design Library, then click on SOLIDWORKS Content > Weldments. 

Free SOLIDWORKS Weldments can be found in the Design Library

Other Available Files for Free Download

You’ll notice plenty of components for Blocks, CircuitWorks and Routing in the Design Library, as well. To download the other files, simply hold CTRL + click on the standard you want, and they will download into a zip file. Once downloaded, extract your zip file to your weldment profile directory and you’ll be all set. To change, move or set your directory to a specific Windows folder location, simply go to Tools > Options > File Locations > Weldment Profiles, as shown:

Download other components for Blocks, CircuitWorks and Routing for free

You’ll then see a lot of weldment profiles available to you when creating new structural members or editing existing designs.

More welment profiles will appear when creating or editing designs

More Profiles Available for Free

SOLIDWORKS isn't the only place where you can find free downloads! Many suppliers actually provide their profiles on 3D Content Central. This is a free service for locating, configuring, downloading and requesting 2D and 3D parts and assemblies, 2D blocks, library features and macros - many specifically for SOLIDWORKS.

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