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HOW TO CREATE A SYMBOL IN SOLDWORKS?

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SIRS,
I WOULD LIKE TO CREATE CUSTOM SYMBOL IN DRAWING MODULE,OTHER THAN THE STANDARD SYMBOLS AVAILABE IN SW.
ALSO THE EXISTING SYMBOLS,I WOULD LIKE TO ORGANISE THOSE WHICH I USE REGULARLY IN MY OWN FOLDER.
TNX

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Lukasz Siwiec
Answered on 12 May, 2013 12:20 PM

Hi,
All symbol is one file: C:\Program Files\SolidWorks Corp\SolidWorks\lang\english\Gtol.sym
You can opened and modified with the notepad text editor.
1. A backup copy of the file should be made before attempting to modify it. If the syntax used in the symbols code (co-ordinates) is incorrect, SW may not open correctly (or at all) and the backup copy may have to be used till the problem code is fixed.
2. The following symbols may not conform to a recognised standard ... or if they do it is pure luck.
3. The symbol codes, can be added to whichever category (of the gtol.sym file) makes the most sense to you, but I recommend keeping them in the separate Custom Symbols category as shown. That way, when a new version of SW is installed it is much easier to re-add the symbols into the new file. If you just replace the new Gtol.sym file with the old customised one, you could miss out on new symbols SW may have added.
4. To simplify the creation of the symbols, draw a square & sub-divide it into as many squares as you fnd suitable. The units of the squares are immaterial. The square represents the size of a single character.

Units:
All x, y, and radius values are in the symbols grid space (0.0 to 1.0),
where 0,0 is the lower left corner and 1,1 is the upper right corner.
The grid space is considered to be the height of a character squared.

- Draw the symbol required inside the square, then record the x-y co-ordinates of the ends of the geometry used, expressed as a decimal portion of the square.
- The co-ordinates can be negative and greater than 1. They are actually relative "ratios" to a single character size.
- They will be sized to match the font size being used, but can be re-sized individually using the font manager.
- Regular keyboard characters can be used in the creation of the symbols.

Some symbol you can find here: http://solidworks.cad.de/lib_gtol.htm

 
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