Fasteners with Solidworks Personal Edition

Posted on 2004-11-12
Last Modified: 2012-08-13
With the personal edition of Solidworks is there any way to import fasteners?  Smart fasteners won't work and I can't load the correct add-in to make it work?  Is there any other parts library that you have access to with PE?  
Question by:kgerb
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    The "Smart Fasteners" in SolidWorks are typically imported from a "pay-for" addin of SolidWorks called the "SolidWorks Toolbox".  I'm not sure that if you download any "canned" fasteners from the web to work with in function either.

    We create all our fasteners one time, and drive the different sizes from a design table to create a configuration for each size required.  That way, should the hole for a fastener change size, all that is required is a configuration change for the fastener with no mating errors to correct.

    Similarly, if you take the SHCS you created, resave as a hex head, edit as little as possible in the sketch to turn the cap screw to the hex head, there will no loss of mates when changing bolt styles either.
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    Author Comment

    That's an excellent idea to make  configuration for each different length cap screw.  

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