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01
August
2017

Wish You Could Go Back? Learn the Key to CAD File Management

Written by: Andy Rammer, Application Engineer

Wish You Could Go Back? Learn the Key to CAD File Management

Have you ever done anything you wish you could go back in time and redo? I worked construction growing up, and most of the time in residential HVAC and I can still remember installing my first heat run. I spent a decent amount of time thinking about the best way to route it. When I finally decided, and put it all together it looked… well ok, but the real problem was when I needed to do the rest of them. Let's just say it could've been better. Has this ever happened to you designing in SOLIDWORKS?

Categories: SOLIDWORKS PDM, SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips

10
July
2017

Top 4 Reasons Why You Need SOLIDWORKS Data Management in Your Life

Written by: Jennifer Bahnsen, PDM Application Engineer

Top 4 Reasons Why You Need SOLIDWORKS Data Management in Your Life

What business doesn’t want to be more efficient and in turn make more money? I certainly cannot think of one and I am pretty sure such a business does not exist. That is why I am going to share with you the secret to improving your design and engineering efficiencies so that your company will be more innovative throughout the product lifecycle. Let me introduce to you SOLIDWORKS PDM.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS News, SOLIDWORKS PDM

01
December
2015

SOLIDWORKS PDM Recycle Bin

Written by: Jennifer Bahnsen, PDM Application Engineer

SOLIDWORKS PDM Recycle Bin

Have you ever deleted a file from the SOLIDWORKS PDM vault and wish you had it back? Do you share files and when you’ve removed the last shared instance the icon still shows that it is shared? Hint: the deleted files needs to be destroyed.

If so, then you need to know about the SOLIDWORKS PDM vault recycle bin.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS PDM, SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips

22
November
2015

Set Revision Tool New in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional 2016

Written by: Clark Honzik, PDM Application Engineer

Set Revision Tool New in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional 2016

SOLIDWORKS has finally added functionality that we have been providing to our customers over the years with the “Symmetry Rev Set Tool” in the form of an PDM Add-in.  This functionality has now been added to the core product of “SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional 2016” formally known as SOLIDWORKS "Enterprise" PDM.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS PDM, SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips

07
October
2015

SOLIDWORKS Product Data Management Collecting Log Files

Written by: Jonathan Weisz, Application Engineer

SOLIDWORKS Product Data Management Collecting Log Files

At times in SOLIDWORKS Product Data Management you will have an error message that is limited in detail.  For example, the message below.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS PDM, SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips

04
September
2015

Exporting & Importing Folder Cards in SOLIDWORKS Product Data Management

Written by: Jonathan Weisz, Application Engineer

Exporting & Importing Folder Cards in SOLIDWORKS Product Data Management

In SOLIDWORKS PDM there are often multiple ways to accomplish the same task.  In this case, we desire to take an existing folder card from one vault and place it in another vault (a test vault in this case.)  The terms here come up as import and export, but there is an even easier way to duplicate the folder card into another vault.  This is where we get to use drag and drop technology.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS PDM, SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips

14
August
2015

SOLIDWORKS Product Data Management for Small Design Teams

Written by: Michael Sande, Elite Application Engineer

SOLIDWORKS Product Data Management for Small Design Teams

Small design teams face a tough choice for managing their product data. Should they implement a simple document management solution? A CAD-only data management solution? Or go for something fancy that manages the BOM through to manufacturing?

Categories: SOLIDWORKS PDM

13
August
2015

SOLIDWORKS PDM Search Shortcuts for Your Desktop

Written by: Clark Honzik, PDM Application Engineer

SOLIDWORKS PDM Search Shortcuts for Your Desktop

Many times we have users of SOLIDWORKS PDM that have simple requirements when working with PDM, like on a shared shop computer for example.  On a shop computer, its main purpose may be to quickly call up drawings in the vault for reference.  For these users, we can simply place a shortcut icon on the computer's desktop to make it easy for users to get to there drawings, fast.  This blog demonstrates how to accomplish this.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS PDM, SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips

26
July
2015

Use Transition Conditions to Control the Workflow in SOLIDWORKS PDM

Written by: Jennifer Bahnsen, PDM Application Engineer

Use Transition Conditions to Control the Workflow in SOLIDWORKS PDM

Workflow transitions in SOLIDWORKS PDM are the “behind the scenes” workhorses. In admin training we learned that they increment revisions, wrote the revision variable, sent notifications, and ran convert tasks. Somebody should write a book about all the things they can do!

I’m not up to writing a whole book but thought I would share some information about conditions for transitions and how they can be used to do different things depending on the value of a variable or a filename.

Did you know you can have multiple transitions with the same name between two states? Each transition can have different actions and different users can have permission to run them.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS PDM, SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips

21
July
2015

Connecting Microsoft Excel to SOLIDWORKS PDM

Written by: Clark Honzik, PDM Application Engineer

Connecting Microsoft Excel to SOLIDWORKS PDM

Connecting Excel to PDM!

Take the confusion out of who checked out what, when and where for example!

Just follow these simple steps:

Categories: SOLIDWORKS PDM, SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips

21
July
2015

SOLIDWORKS PDM SQL Lists

Written by: Clark Honzik, PDM Application Engineer

SOLIDWORKS PDM SQL Lists

SOLIDWORKS PDM contains list functionality where you can built lists of metadata to be reused on files in your PDM.  Many times this is an on going list that grows over time.  The list is displayed back to the user in the order that it was entered by the admin.  What if you could make it so the list was returned in alphabetic order regardless of how it was entered by the administrator!  

Categories: SOLIDWORKS PDM, SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips

26
June
2015

SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM Future

Written by: Dave Padelford, MCAD Application Engineer

SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM Future

Important Information Regarding SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM Future Availability

After many years of helping our customers manage their SOLIDWORKS files, we are changing the future availability of SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM (WGPDM).  The product has reached the limit of what it can do with its architecture and we feel our customers will be better served by migrating to either SOLIDWOKS PDM or to the new 2016 data management product called SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard. SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard will be available with each SOLIDWORKS 2016 Professional and Premium CAD license.  SOLIDWORKS WGPDM will be phased out over the next few years and there will be plenty of time to plan for your future data management solution.  Here is the current timeline and what will take place over the next three SOLIDWORKS releases:

Categories: SOLIDWORKS News, SOLIDWORKS PDM

02
June
2015

Demystifying SOLIDWORKS PDM API - Part 2

Written by: Clark Honzik, PDM Application Engineer

Demystifying SOLIDWORKS PDM API - Part 2
Take a live look at writing a simple SOLIDWORKS PDM standalone application.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS PDM, SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips

26
May
2015

Is This SOLIDWORKS Drawing Released?

Written by: Jennifer Bahnsen, PDM Application Engineer

Is This SOLIDWORKS Drawing Released?

Have you ever had a part manufactured from a drawing that wasn’t released yet? If so, was there any way to tell by just looking at the drawing? If you’re using SOLIDWORKS PDM, I have a simple solution to prevent this situation.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS PDM, SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips

24
February
2015

Demystifying SOLIDWORKS PDM API - Part 1

Written by: Clark Honzik, PDM Application Engineer

Demystifying SOLIDWORKS PDM API - Part 1

What is an API?

API Stands for “Application Programming Interface”.  The PDM API allows a programmer to hook directly into PDM to automate just about anything you can dream up. It is possible to create the perception of new functionality into the software that does not exist today.  For example, let’s say we want to rename a file in PDM but we realize that we have a field on the data card that is linked to the file name when the file was originally created.  If we renamed the file, we would then need to check out the file and update that new name in the data card field.  One could use the API to automatically update the field in the file data card so the user is able to do this in one operation.   Either method gets the job done, but automating it via the API makes sure the data card gets updated and also reduces the chance of human error.

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