SOLIDWORKS: Can't add forming tool to a part. WHY?

I tried adding a forming tool (louver) to a sheet metal part by drag and drop technique. When I released it on the face, it asked if I wanted to make a derived part. I'm like what the what.

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When I select yes, I get the property manager to insert a part in a part. Again, what the what.

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When I select no, it opens the forming tool .sldprt file. Say it with me, what the what.

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What I found out is. I need to designate the folder as a forming tool folder in order for it to work properly.

Right click on the forming tools folder in the Design Library and select the option so it has a check next to it.

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Once you have selected it, a message will appear. Click yes to mark all subfolders.

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Right click the folder again. Now we're cooking, see the check mark?

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Now when you drag and drop that louver on the face, you will get the preview and the Form Tool Feature property manager.

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There you go, now your cooking in peanut oil.

Roger Ruffin

Application Engineer

Computer Aided Technology, Inc

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