A question that pops up from time to time with our customers is how to create a Title Block. More specifically, the description field. Many times, a description for a part on the drawing will not fit on one line of text. This is in many cases rectified by adding another field for the second line or third line. While this serves it’s purpose of producing a drawing that can be printed and sent out for manufacturing, a sinister problem surfaces. The custom property field for description is no longer one field that is easily searched for in a a PDM or ERP system. So if you set up your SolidWorks properties to be synchronized with your ERP system’s item Master or even on your BOM on the assembly drawing, the note for description is truncated.
To solve this issue, the flexible and stretchable annotation field comes to the rescue. To enable this, double-click the note and a border appears around the note. Drag the handles surrounding the note to fit to your description box in your title block. To make filling out the title block even more seamless, use the “Title Block Area” functionality to edit the description without having to go back to the part model The YouTube video below will show how to accomplish this.