SOLIDWORKS Tech Tip – Sheet Format vs Drawing Sheet

SOLIDWORKS Tech Tip – Sheet Format vs Drawing Sheet


Drawings contain extremely important
information about a design such as model dimensions, a Bill of Materials, or
tolerance standards for example. All of the information in the drawing is stored
either at the drawing sheet level or within the sheet format. To distinguish
them you can think of the sheet format as a kind of base layer that contains
reference information about the model. With the sheet format set, the direct
model information can be added on top of the sheet in the drawing sheet including
different drawing views, dimensions, etc. I’ll walk through the differences between
them by adding model information into a blank drawing. Whenever a blank drawing is created, the
sheet format is shown and no model information has been added to the
drawing sheet. Before I add any model views or dimensions, I’d like to adjust the sheet format,
which currently includes the title block shown here in the bottom right corner,
and the border around the sheet. To edit the base layer that contains all
of this information, I can edit the sheet format by either
going to the “Edit” drop-down menu at the top and selecting “Sheet Format” or by right-clicking on the sheet itself
and selecting “Edit Sheet Format”. The title block and border change colors
and I can begin making modifications. I can add static text such as a standard
tolerance value, or a custom property that will link to
the model when it’s inserted into the drawing sheet, or at a company logo to identify the
company that created the drawing. Now that changes have been made to the
sheet format, which acts as a base layer, I can click the icon in the confirmation
corner to exit and I can begin adding model views and
other information on the drawing sheet, rather than the sheet format. I’ll expand
the task pane and add a couple of views of the pocket knife model and notice that this information can be
added anywhere on the sheet and the information in the sheet format is
unaffected. From here, I can add other model info
like a Bill of Materials. I could continue adding any more model
information if needed, and if I need to adjust the sheet format, I can right-click and select “Edit Sheet Format” at any time to make changes to this
information shown here.

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