Creating eDrawings Files Using the SOLIDWORKS Task Scheduler

by Derrick Franklin

eDrawings and SOLIDWORKS Task Scheduler

One of the many capabilities of the SOLIDWORKS Task Scheduler is being able to convert SOLIDWORKS part, assembly, and drawing files to eDrawings files.  This can be very handy when you have a batch of files that you would like to convert as it would definitely save you time and effort.  The ‘Create eDrawings’ option in the task scheduler is used to schedule the tasks. You can export individual files or all files of a specified type within a folder.

*Note – You can specify one or more files or folders, however, you cannot specify both files and folders in the same task.

Let’s start by outlining the steps to create and schedule the task to convert your SOLIDWORKS documents to eDrawings files.  So, let’s see how this is done!

Creating the Task

Open the SOLIDWORKS Task Scheduler by going to Start>All Programs>SOLIDWORKS 20XX> SOLIDWORKS Tools.edrawings

Click ‘Create eDrawings’ on the sidebar, or click Tasks > Create eDrawings.edrawings-1

In the dialog box, type a title for the task in the ‘Task Title’ box. Select the files or folders you want to export as eDrawings files:

To select files:

a)  Under Task files or folders, click ‘Add File’.
b)  Browse to the file you want to export and then click ‘Open’.
c)  Repeat steps a and b to select additional files.

To select folders:

a)  Under Task files or folders, click ‘Add Folder’.
b)  Browse to the folder that contains the files to export and then click ‘OK’.
c)  Under File Name or Type, click in the row that contains the folder you just added, then select the type of file to export.
d)  Repeat steps a, b, and c to select additional folders.
e)  If you do not want to include subfolders, clear the check box for ‘Include subfolders’.

To delete a file or folder from the list, click its number in the leftmost column, and then click ‘Delete’.edrawings-2Under Task output folder, select one of the following to specify where to store the exported files:

    • Same as original file – this will save the export in the same folder location as the original source file.
    • This folder: – this allows you to select a folder where you would like to save the export.edrawings-3

Scheduling the Task

Under Task schedule, set:

  • Running mode – specifies how often the task runs. You can choose Once, Daily, Weekly, or Monthly.
  • Start time – time at which you would like to start the task.
  • Start date – date on which you would like to start the task.

edrawing-4Click ‘Options’ to set eDrawings export options.

Click ‘Advanced’ if you want to change task options such as backup file location and time-out duration.

Click ‘Finish’.

The task and its title, scheduled time, scheduled date, and status will appear in the Tasks panel. The status of the task is now set to ‘Scheduled’.

edrawing-5Once the task is complete, you will see the eDrawings files that were created in the folder location that you specified.

Important Notes 

  • To run a scheduled task, your computer must be on at the scheduled start time. The SOLIDWORKS Task Scheduler window does not need to be open. If your computer is off at the scheduled start time, the task will run when your computer is turned on.
  • After the task completes, double click ‘Completed’ to see the SOLIDWORKS Task Scheduler Report.
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About Derrick Franklin

Derrick is an Engineering Manager in Northern California. He assists in both pre-sales and post-sales capacities for the SOLIDWORKS software as well as serves as an Enterprise PDM Product Specialist. Derrick received his Bachelors degree in Biological Engineering from Mississippi State University and has a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Utah. He is also a Certified SolidWorks Expert and a Certified Enterprise PDM Professional.

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