We are all familiar with the need to grab an entire top level SOLIDWORKS design with all its referenced files in order to share with a partner such as an outside vendor. The question is, what is the easiest way to make sure we get everything within the assembly whether it be 5 parts or 500 parts? The answer is to use the Pack and Go tool. This tool gives an easy to understand interface to quickly grab an assembly or drawing and all its referenced components and package them up for easy upload, transfer, or email.
Pack and Go interface
To use Pack and Go you simply need to have your SOLIDWORKS model open and then follow the below steps.
- Navigate to the File pull-down and choose the Pack and Go option
- Specify the Save to folder or Save to zip file location by clicking the browse button
- Click the Save Button
Pack and Go has many other options to selectively choose which items are packaged up and how they are structured. Some of the options include the ability to attach associated drawings, Simulation results and any decals used in the models. Additionally you can append a suffix or prefix to each file or even choose to not include some files. Pack and Go will then make a copy of each file, insert it into the new saved location, and reattach references of the copies to documents within the new folder or zip file. In addition to launching Pack and Go from inside of SOLIDWORKS, right-clicking on the same top level assembly in Windows Explorer and selecting Pack and Go from under the SolidWorks context menu will also launch this utility.
Pack and Go makes it extremely easy to distribute design files to the appropriate groups while avoiding the headache of manually locating the appropriate files to copy. This also happens to be one of the preferred methods for sharing your models with your SOLIDWORKS tech support representative.