Course info
July 8, 2016
1h 18m

Misplacing files can be a very time consuming and costly problem to have. In this course, SOLIDWORKS - File Management, you'll see some best practices for keeping everything connected. You'll start with file structure and references going over the basics of how the files interact with each other and what happens when we open and save parts, assemblies, and drawings. You will also see some real world tasks required for normal workflows such as renaming, moving, and changing files. By the end of this course, you'll be ready to maintain good habits with all of your SOLIDWORKS files. Software required: SOLIDWORKS 2016.

About the author
About the author

Tony Riggs is an Elite Applications Engineer at GoEngineer, which delivers software, technology, and expertise that enable companies to unlock design innovation and deliver better products faster. He received a BSME from the University of Tulsa and has been using SOLIDWORKS for over 18 years.

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Hi everyone, my name is Tony Riggs and welcome to my course on Solidworks File Management.

I am a Elite Applications Engineer at Go Engineer. A Solidworks reseller that sells and supports solidworks in south central and western united states. I’m a mechanical Engineer, certified solidworks instructor, and certified solidworks expert with about 18 years solidworks experience.

As an application engineer Ive been responsible for training, technical support and product demonstration of solidworks and several other products that we carry.

The different files that solidworks uses are very powerful. The ability for changes at the part assembly and drawing level to effect and update each other is the main reason that we use solidworks. Knowing how these files interact and stay connected can help keep us from misplacing files and causing problems.

In this course we're going to look at file references and structures and different options that can change how solidworks behaves. Plus we'll be looking at some common tasks to see how we can save and rename files as well as some replacing and reloading options. There are tools to help us make the most out of our solidworks files.

Some of the major topics we're going to cover include:

  • How files interact with each other
  • How to deal with in-context and virtual parts
  • Renaming and replacing components
  • nd tools like solidworks Explorer and solidworks Treehouse
By the end of this course you should have some ideas about how to treat and control your files better. While going through this course think about your current workflow and know how you can make it better with some of these techniques. From here you should feel comfortable diving into some more complicated solidworks courses on in-context part design or assembly modeling. I hope you'll join me on this journey to learn solidworks with a solidworks file management course at Pluralsight.