Solidworks Design Checker – Keeping all your drawings up to standard!

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Solidworks Design Checker – Keeping all your drawings up to standard!

by David

Solidworks Design Checker allows you to quickly check if your Solidworks part, assembly or drawings follows a particular standard or requirement that your company has set or a particular industry standard. Just as how NASA has its own set of rules to follow when it comes to their detailed drawings, you now have the option to create your own rules or to follow international standards such as ISO, ANSI, etc.

And it is easy to use! First use Design Checker to create a design profile for which to compare your files to, and let Solidworks make the comparison. On the general document check, Design Checker will help you check:

  • Dimensioning Standard
  • Arrow Style – Document Check
  • Custom Property
  • Units Setting
  • References Up to Date
  • Note Font
  • Detail Font
  • Detail View Label Font
  • Section Font
  • Section View Label Font
  • View Arrow Font
  • Surface Finish Font
  • Weld Symbol Font
  • Table Font
  • Balloon Font
  • Dimension Font
  • Overridden Mass Check
  • Custom Check
  • Virtual Sharp
  • File Location Check

Document Check

On the Drawing Level (such as your DWG file), you can check for:

  • Standard Template Check
  • Layer
  • Overlapping Views
  • Title Block
  • BOM Balloon
  • View Display Style
  • Dangling Dimension / Annotation
  • Extension Line Visible Gap

DWG Check

For the Parts, Assembly and even Feature level, you can check for:

  • Material Check – Makes sure all parts have material assigned
  • Bend Table – A bend table with the right format is used
  • Component Material – Makes sure all parts in the assembly has a material assigned
  • Mate Error Warnings – A check to see no mate error is found
  • Fixed Parts – A check to see if all parts is fixed or vice versa
  • Suppressed Components – A check to see if all parts are not suppressed
  • Inteference Volumes – A check to see if interference is allowed for a particular limit
  • Fully Defined Sketch –  A check to see if the sketches are fully defined
  • Standard Hole Size –  A check to see if all holes are defined by size type and machined type

To start using Design Checker, we would first need to start a new Standard Comparison file (.swstd) for which all the rules are assigned on Design Checker (This is a feature found in Solidworks Professional and Solidworks Premium). Once this is done, close design checker and open the file to be checked. This could be a part, assembly or drawing files with the following format:

  • DWG files (*.dwg)
  • Part (*.sldprt, *.prt)
  • Assembly (*.asm, *.sldasm)
  • Drawing (*.drw, *.slddrw)
  • Template (*.prtdot, *.asmdot, *.drwdot)
  • Drafting Standard (*.sldstd)

Once the file is opened, go to Tools >> Design Checker >> Check Active Document. A side pane will open and list down the usual standards available. Click on the Green Arrow to open the Design Checker file that you recently created. Once open, there will be an option to select the new standard you created. Once checked, click on Check Document and Voila!


Solidworks will then list all the items that does not pass the check, and gives an Auto-Correct option to correct it for you. Talk about easy!