Batch create drawings

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Drew is a drawing automation add-in for SOLIDWORKS. We have two ways to start ten new drawings with one click:

  1. For all files in a folder
  2. For all components in an assembly

Make drawings for all models in a folder

  1. Close all files
  2. Click Select a folder in the Drew task pane
  3. Browse for a folder
  4. Drew finds all SOLIDWORKS models that need a drawing or already have a drawing
  5. You can now import models or create drawings for those models
  6. You can do this one at a time or for ten at once

solidworks batch import - create drawings for files in folder

solidworks create drawings for files in folder - batch import

With the buttons next to the filenames, you can:

Import a single file

 Start a new drawing

View an existing drawing in Quick View (way faster than opening a drawing in edit mode)

Edit an existing drawing

To batch create drawings, click Start 10 drawings. Drew then finds the next ten models that need a drawing (the files that have the button) and starts ten new drawings. You can make quick changes, like adding a view, adding outer dimensions or create a sheet for each unique (weldment) body in one click.

Available options

  • If you check the Save drawings checkbox, we save the drawing using the same filename as the original part/assembly file.
  • When you also check the Close drawings checkbox, we will also close the created drawing after saving. This option is only available when you enable saving.
  • You get to choose which Blueprint is used for all the drawings.

Make drawings for all assembly components

This tool is very similar, the major difference is that the source is an assembly. Open an assembly and click Find drawings. This interface will pop up:

assembly component drawings

Models that do have a drawing yet get a button, which lets you start a new drawing. You can open existing drawings in view-only mode (very fast!) or edit mode .

For more details, check out this article on how to batch create drawings for assembly components.