In EPDM, our model and  drawing variables are set such that  when you create a drawing from a model the variables from the model are carried over to the drawing.

 

But it only, automatically populates "@" tab on the data card of the drawing. The sheet 1 Tab gets only the file name and other variables are empty.

 

The "update all configurations" is checked for each of these variables.

 

 

SW 2012 sp3 and EPDM 2012

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Categories: Data Management, SOLIDWORKS PDM∕Enterprise PDM

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Last comment By: Tom Helsley   Tue, 14 Nov 2017 19:41:52 GMT
Re: Data card variables not populating on Sheet 1 tab on drawing data card

The variables in the sheet tabs will only be populated if you enter the information in the data card itself. Unlike SolidWorks parts and assemblies which have custom (shown on the "@" tab) and configuration properties, SolidWorks drawings only have custom properties.

By: Michael Dekoning  Wed, 26 Sep 2012 17:28:01 GMT
Re: Data card variables not populating on Sheet 1 tab on drawing data card

Michael is correct (again)

If you open a drawing in SolidWorks and you look at the properties it only has the facility to enter Custom properties.

Looking at a part, you will see that it has the facility to enter Custom or Configuration specific properties.

 

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By: Joy Garon  Thu, 27 Sep 2012 10:09:47 GMT
Re: Data card variables not populating on Sheet 1 tab on drawing data card

Thanks Joy and Michael for clarifying this.

By: Krishna Kamath  Thu, 27 Sep 2012 12:37:51 GMT
Re: Data card variables not populating on Sheet 1 tab on drawing data card

I've been going through the initial configuration that my VAR setup for me and I noticed that data can be entered differently on each sheet vs. the @ tab.  So what is the point of entering data on the sheet tabs?  All I really care about is entering the general custom property data (on the @ tab), but I don't seem to have a choice or a way to prevent users from entering data on each of the sheet tabs.

By: Tom Helsley  Fri, 28 Sep 2012 07:14:54 GMT
Re: Data card variables not populating on Sheet 1 tab on drawing data card

Tom,

 

Your choices are-

 

  • Tell your users that they are wasting their time entering anything on the sheet tabs.
  • Set up all of the card controls to update all "configurations." This will only help if they are entering all of the information in the data card which is not usually the case for drawings.
  • Hide all of the controls on the sheet tabs.
By: Michael Dekoning  Fri, 28 Sep 2012 12:23:57 GMT
Re: Data card variables not populating on Sheet 1 tab on drawing data card

Michael,

 

I can't count on users to do the right thing here.  Sure, 89-90% of the time they will, but it requires extra training and discipline.  I have a hard enough time trying to get them to simple little things correctly in drawings. 

 

Setting the controls to update all "configurations" conflicts with how my model files are done.  I would have to have a separate workflow for drawings and models, so that's not an option.  Plus, I think it just too much of a chance of something going out of sync.

 

I was exploring the options to either hide or disable the controls, but I couldn't find a solid way of referencing some property in the drawing file that would be different from custom properties and the sheet tabs.  I'm looking for something that is inherently in the SolidWorks files, without user custom properties.  Currently, I have a checkbox tied to a variable that controls the visibility of tabs, but it requires the user to set that variable.  Again, it relies on user training & discipline.  I also tried setting default values and ommitting the @ config.  That kind of works for models, but not at all for drawings.

 

There must have been some reason for different data on each sheet and the @ tab of a drawing.  I also wonder why the same is true for models.

By: Tom Helsley  Fri, 28 Sep 2012 19:59:47 GMT
Re: Data card variables not populating on Sheet 1 tab on drawing data card

Your explanation is just that.  It is not the answer.  The answer is for SW to make the needed changes so that the sheet tabs DO get populated from the "@" tab.

By: David Heverin  Tue, 14 Nov 2017 13:41:38 GMT
Re: Data card variables not populating on Sheet 1 tab on drawing data card

David,

It is the best "answer" I could give since I do not work for SolidWorks . If you want to see this implemented, then put in an enhancement request with SW.

By: Michael Dekoning  Tue, 14 Nov 2017 14:06:36 GMT
Re: Data card variables not populating on Sheet 1 tab on drawing data card

Michael,

 

I know.  But I find it frustrating that we don't have an answer and neither does SW at this time.  There is an existing SPR in place related to this problem and also several records in the knowledge base but it still lingers.

By: David Heverin  Tue, 14 Nov 2017 14:32:00 GMT
Re: Data card variables not populating on Sheet 1 tab on drawing data card

David,

Why do you want to populate the sheet tabs?  Even if it is automatic, all you are doing is duplicating the data input effort and creating more opportunities for more errors or inconsistent data.

By: Tom Helsley  Tue, 14 Nov 2017 19:41:52 GMT
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