Sort of a recent history SOLIDWORKS Symbols Library

Making of a symbol

Since SOLIDWORK 2012, new symbols were added to the SOLIDWORKS Symbol Library with each release. This is not intentional. This fact is an artifact of an increased focus on Drawing functionality in SOLIDWORKS since that time. So, just as a curiosity, I’m going back to see what was added, and roughly when. It’s not going to be precise in some cases because not every addition to the library showed up in the What’s New.

Note that this list does not include symbols created as part of new annotation tools, such as Location Label, Flag Notes or Movable Datum Targets.

2012-2014

There is an older article that covers symbols which were added from 2012 to 2014 called New stuff in SolidWorks 2014 (not mentioned in “What’s New”): Symbols. It covers the introduction of inspection symbols, functional symbols (such as Rho and center of mass) and introduction of drawing view symbols.

2014

Additionally, in 2014, several JIS weld symbols were added and supported in the Weld Symbol annotation for JIS drawing standard.

  • Edge
  • Keyhole
  • Scarf
  • Stud
  • Penetration
  • Backing
  • Chadding (following figure)
JIS Weld symbols

Finally, an updated version of the JIS Chadding symbol was added

JIS Chadding symbol

2015

Spotface symbol for hole callouts was replaced. The previous version of the symbol relied in the current font of the document, so text within the symbol only lined up properly for one specific font. This new version simply followed ASME specifications and ignores the document font.

Spotface

2016

Though not in the What’s New, several Inspection Symbols where added.

  • Left Filled Circle
  • Right Filled Circle
  • Top Filled Circle
  • Bottom Filled Circle
  • Full Filled Circle
Inspection circles

2017

A lot of new symbols where added to support ISO drawing standards, plus one new ASME symbol.

ISO Tolerencing symbols

ASME symbol called Conical Taper, which can be found in Modifying Symbols category:

Conical Taper symbol

2018

Draft symbols were introduced.

  • Plus Draft
  • Minus Draft
  • Parting Line Diamond
  • Parting Line
  • Tolerance Draft
Draft symbols, including one symbol that does not appear in the standards, but used by some customers

2019

More ISO Tolerencing symbols were added.

Additional ISO Tolerencing symbols

Your own customizations to the Symbol Library

SOLIDWORKS has a file called GTOL.SYM from which the Symbol Library is derived. This file is an editable text file. Here’s a couple of sources on how to edit this file to create your own symbols:

Do you need one or more symbols added to the SOLIDWORKS Symbol Library?

Although there is no guarantee of implementation, you are welcome to submit requests for new symbols via the Enhancement Request link within your Customer Portal. Make sure your submission includes any standards or other specifications to which your symbol must comply, the purpose of the symbol, and other information about the symbol to help us understand its use.

More information about submitting Enhancement Requests may be found at SOLIDWORKS corporate blog.

Author: fcsuper

As a drafter, mechanical designer and CAD engineer, I've been in the mechanical design field since 1991. For the first 8 years of my career, I was an AutoCAD professional. I utilized AutoLISP and many other AutoCAD customization features to streamline drafting activities for 6+ drafters and designers. I authored several custom functions, one of which was published in the March 1997 issue of Cadalyst Magazine. Since 1998, I've been used SolidWorks non-stop. I've worked to utilize the SolidWorks' user environment to simplify drafting and design activities for 20+ engineers. I've created this website to provide current information about SolidWorks from a variety of contributors. More recently, I am now employed by Dassault Systemes as SOLIDWORKS Sr. Product Definition Manager to improve drawing, annotation and MBD related areas.

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