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Create Custom Part From Toolbox

Posted by Keith Vittitoe on December 20, 2013 at 8:27 AM

Post By John Hall


Some Customers have been asking how to take a Toolbox part and modify it to create a custom part. When you save a Toolbox part as a copy, it will still have a Toolbox flag icon, indicating it’s still going to be treated as a Toolbox file in PDM systems and file references. You can remove this flag very easily to have the part be treated as a normal SolidWorks part by running a utility that is installed with SolidWorks.

Browse into the SolidWorks installation folder which is usually:

C:\Program Files\SolidWorks Corp\SolidWorks

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Then, inside the Toolbox\Data Utilities folder you’ll see a program called "sldsetdocprop.exe". Run that program and you’ll be able to add any files that have a Toolbox flag – simply add the files, set the Property State to "No", and click Apply. This will remove the Toolbox flag and the part will now behave like a normal SolidWorks part.

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Just a word of warning – only set this on Toolbox parts that you’ve created copies of, and not on the out of the box Toolbox parts, as this can severely effect the way Toolbox files are managed in the software.

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