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Custom Column Dialog Box

You can sort components using custom and configuration-specific properties defined in the component files. You can create equations involving those properties, and use the results to sort components.

To access the Custom Column dialog box:

In the Assembly Visualization panel, click the arrow to the right of the column headers and click More.

Properties Sets which component property to list in the Assembly Visualization panel. Available properties include:

SW-Calculated Cost

Reports the cost of the component, calculated by the Costing tool.


Reports the density of the component, calculated based on the material properties.


Reports the mass of the component, calculated based on model geometry and material properties.


Reports the material of the component, assigned to the part from the Materials dialog box or the favorites list.

SW-Rebuild Time

Reports the time to rebuild the component.


Reports the surface area of the component, calculated based on model geometry.


Reports the volume of the component, calculated based on model geometry.

Converted to Current Version

Reports whether or not the component has been saved in the current version of SOLIDWORKS.

Excluded from BOM

(Instance-specific.) Reports whether or not the component is set to Exclude from bill of materials in the Component Properties dialog box.

External Reference

Reports whether or not the component is dependent on another model for its solution.

Flexible Assembly

(Instance-specific.) Reports whether or not the component is set to Flexible in the Component Properties dialog box.

Fully Mated

(Instance-specific.) Reports whether or not the position of the component is fully constrained.


Reports the number of tessellation triangles used to display a component. For a given component, as you increase the image quality setting, the triangle count increases and performance slows down. If graphics performance is slow in a very large assembly, you can sort components by Graphics-Triangles. Then consider hiding components with high triangle counts.


Reports the number of instances of the component in the assembly.

Custom and configuration-specific properties defined in the component files are also available. If SOLIDWORKS Sustainability is installed, its properties are also available.
Instance-specific properties, such as Fully Mated, can have different values for different instances of the component. Properties that are not instance-specific, such as SW-Mass, have the same value for all instances of the component.
Column header Sets the name that appears at the top of the column. Type a name or use the default that appears for the selected property.
Use Formula Activates the equation field.
Sets the equation that calculates the values listed in the Assembly Visualization panel. To create an equation, select numerical items from Properties and type operators and numbers. Available operators:






Example equations:



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