Is it a Toolbox Part?

March 25, 2008 18 Comments »
Is it a Toolbox Part?

ToolboxicononIf you use PDMWorks Workgroup and SolidWorks Toolbox, you may have run into this issue. If you setup your PDMWorks Vault to NOT check in Toolbox parts, SolidWorks can recognize Toolbox parts in one of two ways. You can identify a directory which will direct PDMWorks to classify all files within that directory as Toolbox parts (set in the PDMWorks Workgroup VaultAdmin) or the part can be detected as a Toolbox part due to a marker that is set in the document properties. When a part is “marked” as a Toolbox part in this way the Toolbox icon appears next to the part when viewed inside a SolidWorks assembly.

So if you don’t check in Toolbox parts, then why would you care? A problem I have run into a few times occurs when I have made a COPY of a toolbox part (therefore separating control by the Toolbox database) AND wish to check it into PDMWorks Workgroup. The marker in the file will NOT allow you to check the part into the vault.

The document property marker is NOT visible in the custom properties or any other place that I have found. So how can you change it? The answer to this question lies within a utility that is provided with your installation of SolidWorks. You can turn the Toolbox part marker OFF with this utility. It can be found with your installation folder in the following subdirectory: SolidWorks\Toolbox\data utilities. The name of the utility is sldsetdocprop.exe

Setdocproputility_3When you run this utility you can set the “Property State” (marker) to Yes or No. You can apply this property setting change to specific files or entire directories. You can view the current status of a file by using the “Show Selected Property” button. The “Update Status” button at the bottom will apply the settings you have selected in the interface.

TooboxiconoffIf you want to copy a Toolbox part and check it into your vault, you pretty much have to use this utility. Adding or removing the marker also effects how the part is shown in the assembly. When the marker is turned off, the Toolbox Icon in the assembly is replaced by the normal icon for parts.

Stay tuned….more to come!

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  • Thank you! That will help me a lot.
    Kind Regards,
    Ralf

  • Thank you! That will help me a lot.
    Kind Regards,
    Ralf

  • Just exactly what I needed, thanks for the information, it really helped me a lot.. I couldn't figure this one out myself.

  • SUBHASISH MISHRA

    Hi,
    I have created several hardwares using solidworks 2008 toolbox. Then used sldsetdocprop.exe to change these to solidworks part file. I have named these hardwares as different part nos and used in an assembly. Earlier I have used only one folder where I have stored all part, asm and hardware files. Now I need to distinguish these in three different folders like part, asm and hardware. While opening the asm, it asks about the location of parts and hardwares. I have provided the links for part nos. But for hardwares when it asks about location, it names the configuration instead the hardware no I gave while creating. e.g. The Toolbox component (B27.1-NA1-100) referenced by this assembly was not found. I want to completely remove the Toolbox reference from the part and identify it as a part. Please Help.

    Regards
    Subhasish

  • subhasish

    Hi,
    I have created several hardwares using solidworks 2008 toolbox. Then used sldsetdocprop.exe to change these to solidworks part file. I have named these hardwares as different part nos and used in an assembly. Earlier I have used only one folder where I have stored all part, asm and hardware files. Now I need to distinguish these in three different folders like part, asm and hardware. While opening the asm, it asks about the location of parts and hardwares. I have provided the links for part nos. But for hardwares when it asks about location, it names the configuration instead the hardware no I gave while creating. e.g. The Toolbox component (B27.1-NA1-100) referenced by this assembly was not found. I want to completely remove the Toolbox reference from the part and identify it as a part. Please Help.

    Regards
    Subhasish

  • Oh Ricky you're a lifesaver! Learned so much about SolidWorks Toolbox in this very concise post of yours. Just bookmarked your page for other references that I can dig out an use. Thanks!

  • Then used sldsetdocprop.exe to change these to solidworks part file. I have named these hardwares as different part nos and used in an assembly.

  • Earlier I have used only one folder where I have stored all part, asm and hardware files. Now I need to distinguish these in three different folders like part, asm and hardware

  • Aryan57

    I made a blog using this tool. Its very easy to use this.

  • coldblood

    I've been searching for some help tips on using SolidWorks when I stumbled upon your website. Loved all your posts.. Really informative.. Thanks Ricky.

  • have named these hardwares as different part nos and used in an assembly. Earlier I have used only one folder where I have stored all part, asm and hardware files. Now I need to distinguish these in three different folders like part, asm and hardware. While opening the asm, it asks about the location of parts and hardwares.

  • zotrimtablets

    I have created several hardwares using solidworks 2008 toolbox. Then used sldsetdocprop.exe to change these to solidworks part file. I have named these hardwares as different part nos and used in an assembly. Earlier I have used only one folder where I have stored all part, asm and hardware files. Now I need to distinguish these in three different folders like part, asm and hardware. While opening the asm, it asks about the location of parts and hardwares

  • hen used sldsetdocprop.exe to change these to solidworks part file. I have named these hardwares as different part nos and used in an assembly. Earlier I have used only one folder where I have stored all part, asm and hardware files. Now I need to distinguish these in three different folders like part, asm and hardware. While opening the asm, it asks about the location of parts and hardwares.

  • john191

    Loved to read your blog. I would like to suggest you that traffic show most people read blogs on Mondays. So it should encourage bloggers to write new write ups over the weekend primarily.
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  • I have stored all part, asm and hardware files. Now I need to distinguish these in three different folders like part, asm and hardware. While opening the asm, it asks about the location of parts and hardwares. I have provided the links for part nos. But for hardwares when it asks about location, it names the configuration instead the hardware no I gave while creating.

  • brightondentist

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  • Then used sldsetdocprop.exe to change these to solidworks part file. I have named these hardwares as different part nos and used in an assembly. Earlier I have used only one folder where I have stored all part, asm and hardware files. Now I need to distinguish these in three different folders like part, asm and hardware. While opening the asm, it asks about the location of parts and hardwares. I have provided the links for part nos.

  • Brad

    i know this is an old post, but i have files like this and came across a ‘problem’.  when i check an assembly in with one of these files into EPDM, i get a message ‘Outside of Enterprise PDM’, which didn’t matter until someone wanted to change settings so that files can’t be checked into our vault unless all files were on the vault. 

    Do you know how i can fix this?