Chapter 12. Writing a SolidWorks Standard

If you are trying to find SolidWorks standards information, you may not be meeting with much success. Standards information for general drawings is plentiful enough, and for AutoCAD you can find a lot, although it is usually proprietary. However, if you are looking for SolidWorks standards and more specifically SolidWorks 3D standards, you are probably drawing a blank. One reason companies do not share this information is that it is often proprietary. Beyond that, most companies probably have not written a 3D portion to their SolidWorks standard because it is not clear what it would contain in the first place.

The first step in figuring out how to write a standard for SolidWorks is figuring out what a SolidWorks standard should standardize. Chapter 14 covers this in terms of exploring best practices, but it turns out standards and best practice concepts have a fair amount in common.

However, 2D standards are readily used. They tend to address layers, colors, arrow sizes and styles, and line weights and types; how dimensions, annotations, and charts should be laid out; and maybe specify a drawing border. In addition, they might detail sheet order for complex projects like architecture or piping. This is expected. A SolidWorks standard has to cover all this as well, because for most people, 2D drawings are still the way to communicate with manufacturing, or part of the legal ...

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