Creating a Multi-Sheet Drawing Template in SOLIDWORKS

Article by GoEngineer on Oct 06, 2013

In many cases, it is desirable to have a SOLIDWORKS Drawing Template with one Sheet Format for the first page and another Sheet Format for all additional sheets added to the drawing. To accomplish this, one must take advantage of the fact that the Drawing Template brings in the first sheet’s Sheet Format without looking up the .slddrt format file referenced by that template. 

For this example the format for Sheet 1 will be called “Format A.slddrt” and the format for Sheet 2 will be called “Format B.slddrt”. Both of these Sheet format files are saved in a folder called “Templatefolder”. 

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Step 1.) In Windows Explorer, move “Format B.slddrt” to a location outside of “Templatefolder” such as the Desktop. 

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Step 2.) Rename “Format A.slddrt” to “Format B.slddrt” and keep it in “Templatefolder”.

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Step 3.) Start a new drawing in SOLIDWORKS, right-click Sheet1, and pick “Properties”. Change the Sheet Format to “Format B.slddrt” from the “Templatefolder” folder. Note that this is the sheet 1 format at this time. 

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Step 4.) Save the Document Template (Do not add a second sheet). Go to File > Save As, change the type to “Drawing Templates (.drwdot)”, give it a name like “MultisheetDrawing”.

Step 5.) In Windows Explorer, rename “Format B.slddrt” in “Templatefolder” (the original sheet 1 format) back to “Format A.slddrt”.

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Step 6.) Bring “Format B.slddrt” back from the desktop and place it in “Templatefolder”. 

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Step 7) Test. Open a new drawing using the “MultisheetDrawing” template. It will originally have just a single sheet with the original sheet 1 format. Click ‘Add Sheet’. The second sheet format will come in. Every additional sheet will also have the “Format B” second sheet format.

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