There is a reason you cannot download fresh SOLIDWORKS templates.
Because you don’t need to.
You can create them yourself in seconds.
This post is about three types of SOLIDWORKS templates:
A quick reminder: a drawing template (*.drwdot) is not the same as a sheet format (*.slddrt).
You use a drawing template to create a new drawing file and set drawing properties. A sheet format however only determines the size, border and title block of one sheet in that drawing.
You can use multiple sheet formats in a drawing, but only one drawing template.
A drawing template can contain links to two sheet formats: for the first sheet and for the rest of the sheets.
Check Settings > Document Properties > Drawing sheets > Sheet format for new sheets. If you get a popup when you add a sheet, the file set here might be missing.
The trick is: SOLIDWORKS will create a new template when it cannot find one.
So to make this happen, follow these steps:
There will now be one (or multiple, one for each file type) new template file in the first file location set in File Locations > Document templates.
If you haven’t changed this folder, it is set to:
Replace 20xx with your SOLIDWORKS version year.
When you click File and New, SOLIDWORKS will create all missing templates as well.
This one might just come in handy when you are looking for sheet format files. The default location for sheet formats is:
If a template file cannot be found, SOLIDWORKS might display them as Blank.
I say might, because I have actually set up two folders here. The second folder does not show up, even though it contains an assembly and drawing template.
In the image below, the assembly template and drawing template are missing:
You can just create a new file with any of these templates. SOLIDWORKS will create the missing ones when needed.
Editing a template is very simple. It’s basically this:
Congratulations. Because you know this trick, you are one step closer to becoming the SOLIDWORKS guru at your company!