How to Create a Custom Weldment Profile in SOLIDWORKS

Within SOLIDWORKS you have the ability to create your own custom weldment profiles, which can then be used to create structural members and later a cut list. This video shows how to create the library feature part, where to store it and how to then use it to create your model.

Additional weldment profiles are available on the Design Library tab tab_Design_Library.gif. Under SOLIDWORKS Content Open_in_SW.gif, in the Weldments folder, Ctrl + click items to download .zip files.

To create a weldment profile:

  1. Open a new part.
  2. Sketch a profile. Keep in mind that when you create a weldment structural member using the profile:
    1. The origin of the sketch becomes the default pierce point.
    2. You can select any vertex or sketch point in the sketch as an alternate pierce point.
  3. Close the sketch.
  4. In the FeatureManager design tree, select Sketch1.
  5. Click File > Save As.
  6. In the dialog box:
    1. In Save in, browse to install_dir\lang\language\weldment profiles and select or create appropriate <standard> and <type> subfolders. See Weldments – File Location for Custom Profiles.
    2. In Save as type, select Lib Feat Part (*.sldlfp).
    3. Type a name for Filename.
    4. Click Save.
      The name that you give to the library feature part appears in the Size list in the Structural Member PropertyManager when you create a weldment structural member. For example, if you name the profile 1x1x.125.sldlfp, then 1x1x.125 appears in Size. If you name the part big.sldlfp, then big appears in Size.


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