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Drawing Templates (.slddot) and Sheet Format Templates (.slddrt)

When working with drawing templates there are two files that have to be accounted for

The first one is .slddot which is the document properties and the sheet format (title block) for the first page.

The second one is .slddrt which is the sheet format (title block) for all other pages

Best way to get both set up is to open a drawing get everything the way you want it; including document properties.
(“Tools” menu > “Options” > anything on the “Document Properties” Tab)

Make sure to remove any drawing views, Bills of Materials (BOM) from the drawing or anything else that you would not want showing up on every new drawing.

Get the title block the way you want it.
TIP: Right click over a blank spot over the drawing sheet and “Edit Sheet Format

Make sure to exit the sheet format before saving. (Right clicking again and “edit sheet”)

RECOMMENDATION: Create a new folders save in My Documents or on a network folder for all of your sheet formats and drawing templates.  A network folder is good if many people are going to use the same templates. just If need be, have IT create the folder and limit who can change the templates once they are created and saved there.

Making the .slddot
“File” menu > “Save As”
Change save as type to “Drawing Template”
Change to directory where SolidWorks looks for your templates

TIP Check “Tools” menu > “Options” > “System Options” tab > “File Locations” group > show folders for “Document Templates” to set where SolidWorks is currently pointing and change/update if needed.

Name your drawing template with something about size and what is on it and Save

Making the .slddrt
“File” menu > “Save Sheet Format”
Change to directory where SolidWorks looks for your sheet formats

TIP: Check “Tools” menu > “Options” > “System Options” tab > “File Locations” group > show folder for “Sheet Formats” to set where SolidWorks is currently pointing and change/update if needed.

 

Name your sheet format & save

Now point SolidWorks to the correct directory
“Tools” menu > “Options” > “System Options” tab > “File Locations” group > show folders for “Document Templates” & also for “Sheet Formats”

 

For further information watch DDi’s SolidWorks Drawings: Foundation webcast video at:
http://webcasts.ddicad.com/index.php?post_id=377170

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