SOLIDWORKS: Tips for Creating Organized Title Blocks

SOLIDWORKS: Tips for Creating Organized Title Blocks
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There’s a lot that goes into creating SOLIDWORKS drawing templates – sheet formats, linked custom properties, document properties, and more. With all of this, one topic that often gets overlooked is how to keep your title blocks neat and organized. Here are some tips to help.

Organized Tile Blocks

A good place to start is setting up your border. The Automatic Border tool makes this process pretty painless. Check out this post for more on this.

Organized Tile Blocks

Next, you’ll want to get the lines of your title block in place. If you’re starting with one of the default SOLIDWORKS sheet formats, you’ll notice that the lines of the title block are under defined. While you don’t absolutely need to fully define these lines, small adjustments can cause things to fall apart pretty quickly when there aren’t any relations.

Organized Tile Blocks

Some Horizontal, Vertical, and Coincident relations can go a long way toward keeping things neat.

Organized Tile Blocks

You can take things a step further by using Equal relations to create scalable title block sections. The Scan Equal tool (Tools -> Relations -> Scan Equal) is great for this.

Organized Tile Blocks

As for actually locking the lines in place, some like to add Fix relations to their lines. I prefer to add dimensions. This can be done using the Smart Dimension tool like you usually would in a sketch.

Organized Tile Blocks

However, because we don’t actually want these dimensions on our drawings, we need to take an additional step and use the Hide/Show Annotations tool (View -> Hide/Show -> Annotations) to hide the dimensions.

Organized Tile Blocks

Once you’ve got your lines in place, you can start to add and organize your notes. To locate notes precisely, you’ll want to use the x and y coordinates in the Parameters section of the PropertyManager. Checking the box displays the coordinates on the screen for easy access.

Organized Tile Blocks

Another way to organize notes is to center them within a box. Right-click on the note and select Snap to Rectangle Center.

Organized Tile Blocks

Then select 4 lines which make a rectangle (the order in which you click them doesn’t matter) and the note will be perfectly centered.

Organized Tile Blocks

One last tip I’ll mention here is setting anchor points. Anchor points predefine locations for tables that will be inserted on the drawing. To set an anchor point, right-click on a vertex and select Set as Anchor for the appropriate type of table. When you insert tables, you’ll be able to choose which corner of the table should be attached to the anchor point.

Organized Tile Blocks

I hope you find these tips for organizing title blocks helpful. For more information request a SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD quote or contact us at Hawk Ridge Systems today. Thanks for reading!

December 27, 2017
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Richard Allen
March 30, 2019
Hi Terence, Needed to review setting anchor points for a new sheet format., and looking at the video it shows setting anchor points for a specific table in the drop down menu. What if you as an example have more than one table of a particular kind like general table. Then both tables would snap to the same anchor point. Is there a way around this. Thanks
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Terence Woo
April 1, 2019
Richard, thanks for the question. Unfortunately, I don't know of a way to set multiple anchor points for the same type of table. It looks like this functionality has already been requested so hopefully we'll see it added in a new version soon. For now, you'll only be able to anchor the first of each type of table and the second/third/nth will need to be placed manually.
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