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Smart Fasteners PropertyManager

Use the Smart Fasteners PropertyManager to insert fasteners and associated hardware into assemblies. Smart Fasteners are fully parameterized SOLIDWORKS parts from the Toolbox library.

To open this PropertyManager, do one of the following:

  • Add a new Smart Fastener to an assembly. Click Smart Fasteners (Assembly toolbar) or Insert > Smart Fasteners.
  • Edit an existing Smart Fastener. Right-click Smart Fastener in the FeatureManager design tree and select Edit Smart Fastener.


Populate All Adds fasteners to all holes in the assembly.
Add Adds fasteners to selected holes. You can select holes, faces, or components. If you select a face, Smart Fasteners finds all available holes that pass through the surface. If you select a component, Smart Fasteners finds all available holes in that component.

When you click Populate All or Add, new fasteners are added to the assembly. The length of a new fastener is the next smallest national standard length for a blind hole, and the next longest national standard length for a through hole. When holes are deeper than the longest fastener length, the longest one is used.

  • For a Hole Wizard hole, the fastener type matches the type of hole, and the diameter is the appropriate size.
  • For a Simple Hole or cylindrical cut, you can specify a default fastener type. The fastener diameter is the next smallest national standard size.


Lists groups of fasteners you are adding or editing. Select a group to make changes to its fastener type and properties under Series Components and Properties below.

Edit Grouping Displays a fastener tree. You can:
  • Expand the tree to show holes and hole series belonging to each group.
  • Combine two Series by dragging one into the same Group as another.
  • Split a Series by dragging a hole to a different Group.
  • Right-click a Series and select:

    Change fastener type



    (Available for through holes only.) Flips the heads of the fasteners to the other side of the joint.


    Displays fastener properties in the lower portion of the PropertyManager.

Edit Fasteners Returns to the list of groups of fasteners.

Series Components

Displays the fastener type for the item that you select in the Results list.

Fastener Right-click to change fastener type or to revert to the default fastener type.
  Add to Top StackAdd to Bottom Stack Select items from Add to Top Stack and Add to Bottom Stack to add hardware to the top and bottom stacks:

Top Stack

Washers under the head of the fastener.

Bottom Stack

(Available for through holes only.) Washers and nuts at the end of the fastener.

  Auto size to hole diameter Automatically updates the hardware size whenever the hole diameter changes. In the FeatureManager design tree, fasteners and their associated mates are identified with a star if they have this option applied. For example: fastener and concentric mate .


Displays the properties of the hardware selected under Series Components. Available properties vary depending on the hardware type. You can edit properties such as size and length.

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