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Introducing how CUSTOMTOOLS will assist you during your design process

Batch processing

Batch printing

Print all the drawings related to an assembly at once. Always print to the right size, printer and orientation.

Batch conversion

Convert all the drawings/parts/assemblies related to an assembly in multiple file formats at once.

Solid Edge migration

Moving from Solid Edge to SOLIDWORKS, make sure to convert your Solid Edge files.

Main features

  BASIC PROFESSIONAL
Batch print/convert drawings and models x x
Define print settings per sheet format or paper size x x
Convert to multiple formats at the same time x x
25 file formats available x x
Define file naming and storing rules x x
Merge assembly drawings into one PDF x x
Insert BOM quantities x x
Manage print order x x
Print-time custom properties   x x
Reload or change sheet formats x x
Manage layers visibility x x
Filter based on property value x x
Write properties at run-time   x
Translate properties and title blocks   x
Import Solid Edge models to SOLIDWORKS files   x
Convert Solid Edge drawings to PDF/DXF/DWG   x

 

Benefits

Challenges faced in SOLIDWORKS

To print or convert in SOLIDWORKS you have to open each file individually which can be extremely time consuming and prone to mistakes.

Solutions in CUSTOMTOOLS

Printing and file conversion are fully automated, as they are managed via pre-defined settings. Multiple tasks can be combined into a single operation to process all files belonging to a BOM

Company: Paroc

Why did they need CUSTOMTOOLS?

  • Printing and conversion were done manually
  • No way to generate a list of drawings per assembly
  • Printing order could not be managed in SOLIDWORKS PDM

What solution did we provide to solve their problem?

  • Printing and conversion have been fully automated
  • Printing follows BOM order
  • Excel report to generate drawing list

How the solution helped them to solve their problem?

  • Designers don't waste their time in printing or converting documents
  • Drawings are always printed with correct settings and in BOM order
  • Multiple profiles to choose from which settings to use

Sheet metal tools

DXF automation

Automate the creation of your DXF files from parts, multi-body parts and drawings.

Cut-list property management

Write additional custom properties values to your cut list items properties.

Main Features

  Basic Professional
Property pane for cut list items x x
Write additional cut list properties x x
Auto-create DXF drawing sheet   x
Auto-create DXF from parts   x
Auto-create DXF for multi-body parts   x
Merge DXF based on material & thickness   x
Insert customized property notes in DXF/DWG   x

 

Benefits

Challenges faced in SOLIDWORKS

Creating DXF files, even from a single SOLIDWORKS file, requires typically multiple steps. To manage cut list items properties you are limited to very basic user interface and functionalities.

Solutions in CUSTOMTOOLS

Creating DXF from all types of sheet metal parts in your assemblies is now just a few clicks away. CUSTOMTOOLS offers a fully integrated and extended property pane to manage your cut list items.

Company: HRS A/S

Why did they need CUSTOMTOOLS?

  • Spend a lot of time to create DXF manually
  • Work extensively with sheet metal in SOLIDWORKS
  • Too often DXF files were missing or in wrong scale

What solution did we provide to solve their problem?

  • By using the CNC tool they create flat representation of the sheet metal
  • Full automation of the creation of DXF files
  • DXF files are saved to different folders based on property values

How the solution helped them to solve their problem?

  • Eliminated errors
  • Huge time savings
  • DXF files are always stored to the right place

Reporting

Excel report

Generate BOM structured reports with custom properties and embedded preview images.

Main features

  BASIC PROFESSIONAL
Generate custom Excel reports   x
Generate custom BOM listing   x
Insert SOLIDWORKS attributes and custom property values   x
Insert preview image   x
Run file conversion rules   x
Insert link to converted files (req. CT Apps)   x
Bi-Directional Excel report (req. CT Apps)   x

 

Benefits

Challenges faced in SOLIDWORKS

In SOLIDWORKS you are limited to saving current BOM view to a basic report. Often to fulfill company standards those reports needs to be manually formatted.

Solutions in CUSTOMTOOLS

Based on pre-defined Excel templates you can effortlessly produce reports ready to be published with embedded preview image, accumulated quantities and much more. Further extend reports with data from your ERP.

Company: Paroc

Why did they need CUSTOMTOOLS?

  • Excel reports were created manually
  • Time spent to create those reports
  • Missing reporting features in SOLIDWORKS PDM

What solution did we provide to solve their problem?

  • Used for drawing and spare part listings
  • Automatically stored into SOLIDWORKS PDM
  • Automatically revise existing reports

How the solution helped them to solve their problem?

  • Important time and error savings
  • Easier to keep reports up to date
  • Excel reporting fully automated

Property management

Custom property

Extend and optimize the management of your custom properties in SOLIDWORKS.

Bounding box

Generate a bounding box for parts and assemblies with additional dimension properties.

Main features

  BASIC PROFESSIONAL
Compulsory values x x
RAL Colors/Colors x x
Force CAPS x x
Link dimensions, mass and material x x
Combine custom properties x x
Hierarchical dropdown list x x
Manage properties based on configuration x x
Propagate property values to models and drawings x x
Pre-defined note templates with custom properties x x
Customize sheet formats with custom properties x x
Copy cut list item property as model/drawing property   x
Copy model property as drawing property   x
Custom dictionaries   x
Bounding box for parts and assemblies   x
Insert coordinates points in drawing   x
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Benefits

Challenges faced in SOLIDWORKS

The SOLIDWORKS Tab Builder offers entry level tools to manage your custom properties, good enough for basic usage. Furthermore, the usage of the bounding box is limited to cut list items only.

Solutions in CUSTOMTOOLS

This core functionality of CUSTOMTOOLS extends SOLIDWORKS property management by allowing you to define properties with consistency and ensuring that all needed properties are always filled properly.

Company: STX Europe

Why did they need CUSTOMTOOLS?

  • To easily copy existing cabin assemblies as new cabins
  • To efficiently manage tens of properties related to individual parts
  • To export design data from SOLIDWORKS to other systems

What solution did we provide to solve their problem?

  • Automatic file naming, copy assemblies and project management
  • Bi-directional link between SOLIDWORKS files and external systems
  • Automatic feature recognition to fill properties

How the solution helped them to solve their problem?

  • Structural design hours were cut down by 30 %
  • Really fast to make cabin variants with copy tool
  • Avoid manual typing when transferring data between different systems

File management

Automatic file naming

Automate and unify your file naming and storing rules.

Project

Manage your SOLIDWORKS files based on projects and sub-projects.

Main features

  BASIC PROFESSIONAL
Define file naming rules x x
Number sequencing x x
Shared sequences between users x x
Part and assembly specific naming x x
Combine custom properties x x
Generate sequence based on property value x x
Load default custom property values x x
Project specific sequencing   x
Auto-save to project folder   x
Define projects and sub-projects   x

 

Benefits

Challenges faced in SOLIDWORKS

You need to be consistent in naming your files to avoid duplicate names. To guarantee this, you need to use a running number shared between designers. In addition, you need to determine the right save location.

Solutions in CUSTOMTOOLS

File naming can fully be automated so that sequence numbers are automatically shared between the different users and files are always saved to the right location per selected project.

Company: Pinomatic Ltd

Why did they need CUSTOMTOOLS?

  • Designers used an Excel file to share document codes
  • Required a lot of manual work to name a file
  • Many files were not named correctly

What solution did we provide to solve their problem?

  • Automated their file naming convention
  • Sequence code generated based on project
  • Projects are automatically coming from their ERP

How the solution helped them to solve their problem?

  • Document codes are automatically generated/shared
  • File naming errors were eliminated
  • Files are always saved to the correct project folder

ERP connection

ERP import

Search and link corresponding ERP items with your SOLIDWORKS custom properties.

ERP export

Ready with your project, make sure that BOMs and items are created or updated into your ERP.

Main features

  BASIC PROFESSIONAL
Live ERP search in property pane   x
Link ERP data to properties   x
Export BOM to ERP (req. customization)   x
Automate the creation of new items in ERP (req. customization)   x
Export BOM to XML, HTML, CSV, TXT   x
Export preview image   x

 

Benefits

Challenges faced in SOLIDWORKS

To work with ERP and SOLIDWORKS you need to jump between applications constantly. In addition, exchanging data is a complete manual and error prone process, requiring knowledge in ERP.

Solutions in CUSTOMTOOLS

ERP is fully integrated with SOLIDWORKS. You can fill custom properties in SOLIDWORKS by using information available in ERP eventually enabling you to create and update items and item BOMs in ERP.

Company: JOMET

Why did they need CUSTOMTOOLS?

  • Missing link between SW and their ERP system
  • Time spent to manually enter data into the ERP
  • Lack of data consistency

What solution did we provide to solve their problem?

  • Bidirectional link between SW and their ERP system
  • Automate the import/export of data to the ERP
  • Data is written once and in one place

How the solution helped them to solve their problem?

  • Length of projects reduced from 5-7 weeks to 3-4 weeks
  • 90% of the time dedicated to design and modeling
  • Data errors and mistakes are eliminated

Advanced searching

Search

Search files based on custom property, project, file type or use the free search.

Explore

Quickly locate a SOLIDWORKS file in Windows Explorer.

Open drawings

Locate your drawings regardless of naming and storing conventions.

Main features

  BASIC PROFESSIONAL
Search files based on custom property values x x
Drag & drop from search results x x
Configurable search pane x x
Free search x x
Support configuration specific drawings x x
Search based on BOM part number x x
Identify all drawings made for a model x x
Locate a file in Windows Explorer x x

 

Benefits

Challenges faced in SOLIDWORKS

It is critical to be able to search for existing files efficiently in order to avoid making duplicate models and to identify or locate them. Furthermore, to find a drawing you have to name it after its model.

Solutions in CUSTOMTOOLS

All files are indexed, enabling you to quickly search or locate them afterwards based on project or properties. Drawing name can differ from its model, allowing you to create configuration specific drawings.

Company: Palmse Trailer

Why did they need CUSTOMTOOLS?

  • Time spent to search for files
  • Duplicate files were sometimes created
  • Difficulties to locate SOLIDWORKS files

What solution did we provide to solve their problem?

  • Search files based on custom property value
  • Access other CUSTOMTOOLS functionalities from the search results
  • Search for files using specific material or by cutting technology

How the solution helped them to solve their problem?

  • There are no more duplicate files
  • Productivity has increased
  • Easier to reuse existing files in new projects

Design reuse

Copy

Copy and rename assembly and all referenced documents at once.

Where used

Find in which assemblies a part is being used

Copy referenced drawings

Copy and rename drawings when the referred part/assembly is copied

Main features

  BASIC PROFESSIONAL
Locate where a model is being used x x
Copy referenced drawings   x
Copy and rename assemblies   x
Move and rename assemblies   x
Exclude Design Library files   x
Keep folder structure under the main assembly   x
Modify properties and update drawings with changes   x
Define destination folder for Models/Drawings   x

 

Benefits

Challenges faced in SOLIDWORKS

To safely modify an existing model, you must identify where it is being used. To copy assemblies, you need to control file naming and update properties. When you copy a model, there is not an easy way to reuse existing drawing.

Solutions in CUSTOMTOOLS

Having files indexed, allows you to verify where parts are used and automatically copy drawings along with its model. When copying assemblies, you can apply your own file naming rules and update properties accordingly.

Company: VAK Oy

Why did they need CUSTOMTOOLS?

  • Effort spent to manually copy and rename SW files
  • Custom properties were modified manually afterwards
  • Pack & Go was not adapted for their needs

What solution did we provide to solve their problem?

  • Files are renamed based on project
  • New SW files follow VAK’s naming convention
  • Properties can easily be modified

How the solution helped them to solve their problem?

  • Copying document is now an effortless process
  • Easier and faster to start a new project
  • No need to open every file individually