Customize Your Hole Wizard in SOLIDWORKS

By Chris Joren on

One of the best things about SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD is the holes types and styles included with the Hole Wizard. If your shop only uses three, four or even a few dozen fasteners, having a larger variety can lead to a decrease in modeling speed. In this Video Tech Tip, you will learn how to customize your Hole Wizard options to a shop-specific format.


The first step to creating your own shop standard is to copy one that already exists. Then,  you can select which standards to include in the drop-down menu within Hole Wizard. Wouldn’t it be great to only have one option or if that option had every fastener on your shop floor? With your copied standard, you can choose which types of holes you need and uncheck the ones you don’t. 

Creating a custom standard is as simple as adding one or two fasteners. To do this, you will need to add a hole size and thread for each fastener. For example, ANSI Metric, ANSI Inch and ISO fasteners can be combined into one. You can also export the entire list as an Excel file, personalized to your needs. The possibilities are limitless, just don’t forget to upload the Excel file back into the standard and share it so your team is on the same page!

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