A few years ago Bill mentioned how you could use “sldsetdocprop” to take a Toolbox part and make it behave like a normal part. However you can use this tool to do the exact opposite – take a normal part and make it a Toolbox part.
SolidWorks Enterprise PDM users all across the land think this is cool -here is why:
Checkout this screen shot from EPDM’s “Copy Tree” command:
See the part cleverly named: “I want this part to work like a toolbox part.sldprt”? This part is just a simple part like all of the others except I changed it into a Toolbox part with the sldsetdocprop command. Now, by default “Copy Tree” does not try to copy this file! I don’t have to dig through my copy list trying to figure out which are my standard/toolbox parts that I don’t want to copy, Copy Tree does this for me now!
Sldsetdocprop can work on an entire directory, so if you have a directory of commercial parts, it may be worth your while to change all the parts in that directory to become a “toolbox” part.