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Automatically create drawing views with Task Scheduler

Tuesday December 1, 2015 at 4:51pm

SOLIDWORKS Task Scheduler is a great tool to automatically do the work for us, available in all seats of Professional and Premium, we can set up the Scheduler to carry out mundane and monotonous tasks ahead of time.

In this blog we are going to look at how the Task Scheduler can be used to generate a drawing with views for us.

First we need to create a drawing template with a series of pre-defined views. Create a blank drawing and select Insert>Drawing Views>Predefined. Place your first view on the drawing view and use the Projected View command to insert the remaining views that you want SOLIDWORKS to pull through for you. Here I have placed a Front view (Top Left) and going clockwise, a Right, Isometric and Bottom view.

SOLIDWORKS Task Scheduler

We now need to save out the Drawing Template with the pre-defined views on them. Be sure to select the Save as type to be ‘Drawing Templates (*.drwdot)’ and to save into your usual template folder location.

SOLIDWORKS Task Scheduler

With our Drawing Template now saved out, we need to set up the Task Scheduler to create our drawing. To find it, from your Start menu, navigate to All Programs>SOLIDWORKS>SOLIDWORKS Tools>SOLIDWORKS Task Scheduler.

The Task Scheduler will look like the below image:

SOLIDWORKS Task Scheduler

We want to look to the tab on the left hand side, here are the series of tasks that we can set the Scheduler to run, and in this instance we want the Create Drawings option.

The dialogue box to set up the drawing creation will appear, we need to give the task a name under Task Title, then select the drawing template we created with the pre-defined views on them under Please input a drawing template with predefined views: (use the Browse button and navigate to were the template is saved). Next we need to select the part or assembly files that we want to create drawings for, under the Task files of folders section we have 2 options, Add File… where we can select individual files or Add Folder… where we can select an entire folder at once. There are now 2 more optional steps to go over before we are finished, the first is Task Schedule, here we can define when we want the Task Scheduler to carry out this task, by default it is set to immediately but we can define it to a certain time as needed. We then need to define the Task output folder, this will be the location in which the drawings will be saved to.

SOLIDWORKS Task Scheduler

If we then click Finish the Schedule set up will be complete, if we asked the Scheduler to run immediately SOLIDWORKS will then begin automatically creating the drawings for us. Once finished (this might take a few minutes if we have asked it to create a fair few drawings), we can then navigate to the folder that we asked the drawings to be saved out to and have a look at what has been created.

SOLIDWORKS Task Scheduler

We now have a drawing with some simple views that we can use to add annotations and dimensions to as needed.

Hopefully this shows the Task Scheduler as a useful tool to set up to run at the end of each day after you have created your part so can get a nifty head start the following morning when you’re creating the drawing.

Fin Jackson

Applications Engineer

 Fin Jackson


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