TUTORIAL: How to specify new profiles of welding structural members in SolidWorks?

This is very easy to do, please follow me...

  1. Step 1:

    1. Create your profile in 'Part Design".

  2. Step 2:

    2. Select the sketch from the list as shown on the picture (this is important step, if you don't your profile " will be empty").
    3. Go to FILE -> SAVE AS -> Lib Feat Part

  3. Step 3:

    4. Go to the SolidWorks installation folder:
    SolidWorks Corp -> SolidWorks -> data -> weldment profiles
    5. Create the folder for ex. "Tubes"
    6. Name the sketch file to be easily recognized for ex. 42,4_3,25

  4. Step 4:

    7. In created folder in step 3 -> create subfolder for ex. CrNi and save your profile file in this subfolder

  5. Step 5:

    8. To check if everything is ok... create the path, go to Insert -> Weldments -> Structural Member

  6. Step 6:

    9. Select for standard: "Tubes"
    - for Type: "CrNi"
    - for Size: "42,4_3,25"
    Then select your profile as "Groups"

  7. Step 7:

    Success! :)

  8. Step 8:

    Now do some weldment design and use your just created profile...

  9. Step 9:

    BTW, it is important to remember that "center of the coordinate axes", from your profile sketch, will follow the path...

  10. Step 10:

    as shown on below picture...

  11. Step 11:

    Now we edit our profile and change the position of the center of the coordinate axes..

  12. Step 12:

    ... now this point follow the path.

    Hope it will be usefull.