Solidworks like many other CAD software has an extensive design library with many of the standard parts like Nuts, Bolts, Studs, Screws and Keys, just to mention a few. These standard parts are meant to help the designer especially in the assembly phase to create these parts simply and easily. The designer simply just has to drag the parts from the Content center and place them into the existing assembly.
To do this therefore, the user has to first create an assembly.
In the above image we can clearly see the on the right hand side we can see the design library with the extensive parts the likes of bolts and nuts.
If you are starting Solidworks for the first time, to access the Solidworks Toolbox you first need to enable the Solidworks Toolbox add-in present within the Solidworks add-ins folder.
Once this is done, the toolbox is now accessible.
By selecting and dragging the required parts to the Solidworks sketch window you can easily place the parts you require to complete your assembly.
The figure above is a hex head self-tapping screw. From the window on the left you can make adjustments on the part depending on your design considerations. Adjustments that can be made on the screw include adjusting the size, length and also thread length.
Besides standard parts like bolts and nuts the design library the designer has options of inserting gears, bearings and keys to his or her assembly. The only thing the designer has to do is specify dimensions to suit the design. The types of gears that can be inserted from the Solidworks design library include spur gears (both helical and straight gears), Bevel gears (both straight and helical gears). The procedure for inserting these gears is similar to that for inserting the standard parts.
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