Tech Tips, SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD

Creating and Finding Custom Weldment Profiles in SOLIDWORKS

By Stephen Petrock on November 1, 2018

I’m often asked by students and tech support why custom weldment profiles don’t work. It turns out that 90% of the time the issue isn’t with the profile itself, but with the location the profile is saved. We’ll walk through not only the steps to create a weldment profile but the common practice of saving to a location that SOLIDWORKS isn’t able to find.

 

The first step to creating a weldment profile is to build a simple 2D sketch. This sketch should be fully defined and it will act as the cross-section of the structural member you’re using as your weldment. Once your sketch is created, simply click on it, go to File > Save As >Library Feature Part.

The tricky part here is where to save the file. By default, SOLIDWORKS uses a folder called weldment profiles as a top-level folder. If you’d like to save here you're able to skip a step, but many people like to save to a network drive to share profiles across workstations. You’ll notice that when you create that structural member, there are three drop-down options. The first is the standard you’ll be using, then the type of structural member, and finally the size. These first two drop-downs are actually folder locations that need to be established in order for SOLIDWORKS to recognize your library feature part as a weldment profile.

Once you’ve created these two folders, drop your library feature part (or save it to) the lowest level folder (inside the type folder). This is a workaround to using the standards provided by SOLIDWORKS that allows you to create profiles that are workplace specific, not necessarily tied to any standard or type.  

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