Calculating the Cost of Custom Operations for Selected Materials

You can define Material class for custom operations for selected materials or all materials in the Custom tab of the Costing Template Editor.

To calculate the cost of custom operations for selected materials:

  1. Open a sheet metal or machined part.
  2. Click Costing (Evaluate tab on the CommandManager) or Tools > SOLIDWORKS Applications > Costing.
  3. Click Begin Cost Estimation.
  4. In the Costing Task Pane, click Launch Template Editor.
  5. On the Custom tab of the Costing Template Editor, for the Painting custom operation:
    1. Click All to display the drop-down list.
    2. Click Selected.
    3. In the dialog box, under Available Material class, select Steel.
    4. Click Add.
    5. Click OK.
  6. Click Save As .
  7. In the dialog box:
    1. Navigate to system_dir:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp\SOLIDWORKS\lang\english\Costing templates if it is not your default location.
    2. For File name, type SteelTemplate.
    3. For Save as type, select Template database files(*.sldctm) for machined parts, and Template database files(*.sldcts) for sheet metal parts.
    4. Click Save.
    5. Click .
  8. In the Costing Task Pane:
    1. Under Template, select SteelTemplate.
    2. Under Material, select Steel for Class.
    When you select Always Include, the calculated cost for the Painting custom operation is always included in the CostingManager for SteelTemplate.