Structural Member PropertyManager

To open the Structural Member PropertyManager:

  • Add or edit a structural member in a weldment part.
You can set the default color for Structural Member features in Model Display Options.


Specify the profile of the structural member by selecting a standard, type, and size.

Standard Select iso, ansi inch, or a custom standard that you previously defined.
Type Select a Profile Type, such as angle iron or square tube.
Sample profile types:

angle iron

rectangular tube


c channel
Size Select a Profile, such as 20 x 20 x 3.

The size list is sorted alphanumerically from the smallest size to the largest to make it easier to work with a library that contains a large number of standard size components.

In addition, the two sizes you have most recently used appear at the top of the menu so you can locate them easily.

Additional weldment profiles are available on the Design Library tab . Under SOLIDWORKS Content , in the Weldments folder, Ctrl + click items to download .zip files.
Merge arc segment bodies (For curved entities only.) Select to merge arc segment bodies with adjacent bodies in the structural member. Clear to create a separate body for each curved entity. The arc segment and adjacent bodies must be tangent in order to merge.

One structural member, one solid body.


One structural member, five solid bodies.

Transfer Material from Profile Transfers the material properties of the selected library profile if the library profile has a material assigned.

This option is unavailable if you select a library profile that does not have a material assigned.

Groups Select a group to configure under Settings.

The SOLIDWORKS software shows the group you select in a different color. In the graphics area, when you pause the pointer over a group member, a tooltip identifies the group.

New Group Creates a new group in this structural member.


Configure the selected group:

  Path segments Lists the segments in the group.
  Apply corner treatment (Available for contiguous groups only.) Defines how to trim segments of the group when they intersect at corners. You can clear Apply corner treatment and specify a corner treatment later (for example, when you trim the structural members). You can also modify the corner treatment, allowing you to specify multiple corner treatments per group.
End Miter End Butt1 End Butt2
  Merge miter trimmed bodies (Available when you select Apply corner treatment and click End Miter .) Combines weld member bodies so that the length of the resulting weld member body in the weldment cut list is equal to the sum of the maximum lengths of the uncut weld member bodies.
Gap between Connected Segments in Same Group (Available for contiguous groups only.) Specify the weld gap at the corners of segments in the same group.
Gap between Different Group Segments Specify the weld gap where the ends of this group's segments abut segments in another group.
Specifying a weld gap shortens segment lengths, as reflected in the cut list, and retains the overall extent of each segment.
  Allow protrusion Allows the structural member to extend the length of the sketch. This is helpful when one structural member (A) is used to trim another member (B), but A does not fully cut B. It allows the portion of B that is not cut by A to extend to the length of the sketch.
  Mirror Profile Flips the profile of the group about its Horizontal Axis or Vertical Axis.
  Alignment Aligns an axis of the group profile to any selected vector (edge, construction line, etc.). Select which axis of the profile to align:
  • Horizontal axis
  • Vertical axis
Rotation Angle Rotates the structural member by a set number of degrees.
  Locate Profile Zooms to the profile so you can change its pierce point relative to the sketch segment. The default pierce point is the sketch origin.


Select the configurations to apply to the structural member:
  • This configuration
  • All configurations
  • Specify configurations