SOLIDWORKS Custom Component Names in Assemblies and Design Tables

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Have you ever wanted your design table properties to reference component names instead of file names? Instead of saying $CONFIGURATION@123456789 have you wanted it to say $CONFIGURATION@BOX without changing your filename? Well I have some advice for you.

Let's say I have 2 Parts with 2 configurations each. The names of these files are the part numbers.
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I want to make an assembly with two configurations: Big and Small. "Big" has the configurations of the parts that are big. "Small" has the part configurations that are…you guessed it…small.

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Design table currently looks like this:

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See how our properties are referencing the filename? I don't want that.

Let's fix that. First we have to disable our component names from automatically updating.

Go to Tools->Options or just select Options for the main toolbar.

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Go to System Options->External References and uncheck the "Update component names when documents are replace" box. Click ok

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Now go to the component properties for each of your components.
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In the component name box enter the part's new name. Click ok.
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Components' names have now updated in feature tree.
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And they have been updated in the Design Table.

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Thanks,

Christian Maldonado, CSWE

Computer Aided Technology, Inc.

PS – If you have never been, you have to attend SOLIDWORKS WORLD next year in Dallas. Place is awesome! So many cool things and people.