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SolidWorks® Administration Bible by Matt Lombard

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Chapter 10. Implementing Toolbox

If you as a SolidWorks Administrator are new to SolidWorks Toolbox, you need to read this chapter. In fact, I recommend all potential SolidWorks customers read this chapter before buying the SolidWorks software. Toolbox is an add-in for automating tasks related to inserting and managing commonly used library type parts; and you will get the most out of it if you understand and configure its options early on.

The promise is automation, and the implication is that it works automatically right out of the box. However, the default installation is very far from the configuration in which it actually works best. Both SolidWorks and Toolbox are very complex. This chapter guides you through all of the options and setup parameters available with Toolbox.

Before I discuss how best to implement Toolbox, I cover exactly what Toolbox is, how it works, and why it is as complex as it is. Only then will you be ready to work through various scenarios to see which Toolbox configuration works best for you.

If you only look at Toolbox's individual options, you may never understand everything it does because you are not aware of the big picture. As Administrator, you need to know the capabilities and the limitations of the tool, as well as understand how flexible it is and where its weaknesses lie.

All this goes much deeper than the simple button-push tutorials you will get from most ...

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