With each year’s rollout of SOLIDWORKS, what’s new in the API often gets overlooked or relegated to footnotes. It’s about time there are blog posts on what is new in the API for the SOLIDWORKS product line. Here are two of our favorites. Add custom tabs to a PDM vault view in Windows Explorer This is an exciting new feature that allows you to customize your vault view to add custom user interface tabs built right into your vault view.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
9 days ago
SOLIDWORKS PDM Tech Tip Written by: Bryce Hooper, Application Engineer, DASI Solutions SOLIDWORKS PDM - Select Vault - Missing Some of us might have seen this screen before and been a little confused. We should be seeing our vault so why aren’t we?
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
11 days ago
Author: Justin Williams, Javelin Technologies SOLIDWORKS PDM Duplicate file name can be a problem, but there are a few options for handling duplicates, all of which are accessible via: Administration Tool > [Vault Name] > File Types > [Right-Click]
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 month ago
The Options File can be used to return a license back to the pool when the SolidNetwork License manager (SNL) sees inactivity on a client machine. This is especially helpful when administering PDM, giving a company a tremendous amount of flexibility on how licensing is handled. This guide will show you the steps to create your own Options File using the SolidNetwork License Manager. Launch the SolidNetwork License Manager STEP 1: Select Modify.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
3 months ago
Software updates, accidental deletion, hardware failures, and viruses are just a few things that can damage or completely destroy your business-critical vault data. So, it’s incredibly important to perform a SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard backup as part of a regular, structured process. Here’s our best practice guide for performing your PDM Standard backup
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
4 months ago
SOLIDWORKS PDM Tech Tip Written by: Bryce Hooper, Application Engineer at DASI Solutions In case you missed the earlier parts, check out Part 1 on Excel and Part 2 on Word. To conclude the series on PDM and EC forms, we’ll discuss something that not everyone is familiar with and most aren’t quite sure what it does. XML, or the Extensible Markup Language, can be used to store data. What does XML do exactly?
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
5 months ago
SOLIDWORKS PDM Tech Tip Written by: Bryce Hooper, Application Engineer, DASI Solutions Continuing our series on automating forms inside of SOLIDWORKS PDM, we’ll move along with an example in Microsoft Word. (See Part 1 on Excel docs as forms here.) Here is our example of an Engineering Change Notice form: Engineering Change Notice Now, to map these properties to our file and our data card, we will need to start with the variable setup. For Microsoft Office documents, the setup is pretty simple.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
6 months ago
SOLIDWORKS PDM Tech Tip Written by: Bryce Hooper, Application Engineer at DASI Solutions Filling out forms is always a drag. Automating those forms with data cards and transition updates is a great way to alleviate that burden. There are many forms we see around the industry, so we’ll start with an example in Microsoft Excel. Here we have an example of an Engineering Change Notice form.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
7 months ago
Are you looking to upgrade to SOLIDWORKS PDM 2017? Wondering what new features it has? Well, look no further. We’re going to cover what I think are the top 5 new features that were added to SOLIDWORKS PDM* for the 2017 release.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
7 months ago
March Madness is upon us. And, like any good Indiana boy born with a basketball in hand, I like to keep an eye on the tournament. It’s fun to hear about the amazing plays and the Cinderella stories, but more often than not, team success is grounded in the fundamentals of the game. In many ways, managing your engineering data is the same.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
7 months ago
You create innovative product designs it’s just what you do day in and day out. If you are working without a product data management (PDM) system in place, however, you might be spending too much of your time either searching for design files or correcting mistakes due to incorrect, out-of-date files.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
8 months ago
SOLIDWORKS PDM Tech Tip Written by: Michael Nolte, Application Engineer, DASI Solutions From time to time, there is a need to create a test environment so that any potential changes to a SOLIDWORKS PDM vault can be tested away from the production vault or a vault that is actively being used. This way, change can be vetted out without causing delay or problems to a company’s normal activities in a production PDM vault. Some examples are: new workflow approval process, updating file and folder
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
8 months ago
How often have you been there? You’re traveling for a few days or working from home. You have a project that is nearly finished. You hop into your favorite design tool, SOLIDWORKS, and go to create a drawing of your brilliant design when you realize you don’t have your drawing templates.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
8 months ago
The Rollback feature in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2017 has been enhanced to allow a parent file to be rolled back with its child references and files indicated as sub-parents (such as drawing files) to a previous version, state and revision. Previously, this command could only be performed on individual files and didn’t include referenced files. NOTE: This function should be used with caution as it permanently deletes file versions. Permission should be limited to the appropriate personnel only.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 year ago
SOLIDWORKS PDM Written by: John MacArthur, PDM Project Manager @ DASI Solutions While not the most exciting topic in the world, I get asked a LOT about my recommendations for setting up PDM Servers. So, I thought I would get it out there in a blog post for anyone who needed the info. First, I would like to clarify the different server components involved in a SOLIDWORKS PDM installation: Microsoft SQL – This is the Database backbone of SOLIDWORKS PDM. Currently, SQL 2014 Standard comes with a
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 year ago
A lot of people want to know if they can use SOLIDWORKS PDM to manage revisions in SOLIDWORKS Electrical. There are a couple ways that you can manage your electrical data in PDM. The most common methods are to check-in the project archives when complete or to check-in the output PDFs when complete. However, today I’d like to focus on the built-in revision control inside of SOLIDWORKS Electrical.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 year ago
The SOLIDWORKS 2017 PDM product line is full of new enhancements that will make managing your SOLIDWORKS files even easier and more efficient. For one, SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard and Professional 2017 now offer the ability to overwrite versions, which will help reduce the number versions that are stored and tracked by PDM, making search and overall performance better. It will also encourage users to do more frequent check-ins so their edits are visible to other users sooner and provide better
SOLIDWORKS Blog
1 year ago
Design and manufacturing companies today rely heavily on simulation results to help make informed business decisions. Managing an expanding simulation environment of tools, data, and processes is becoming more and more important. In order for companies to best leverage simulation results, this data needs to be integrated with enterprises’ overall product development environment. This has become a challenge for companies of all sizes as their simulation data has increased in size and complexity
SOLIDWORKS Blog
1 year ago
One of the more challenging parts of implementing a PDM System can be the introduction of legacy files into the Vault. Mapping revision properties that exist within SOLIDWORKS files to match the revisions within PDM has traditionally meant the use of APIs, complex migration workflows, or the manual incrementing of files. Without going through one of these processes, once checked in and transitioned, files migrated into the vault can have their revision variables incorrectly reset. So for example
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 year ago
Author: Justin Williams, Javelin Technologies Are you a searcher or an explorer? If you’re a searcher then you’re in luck as SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional comes equipped with a powerful search tool, that can minimize the time it takes to locate a file or folder. Let’s start with a look at some of the basic commands located within the search tool: Search Tool Search Commands Using Wildcards Let’s get a bit more advanced and look at how we can use wildcards to squeeze even more functionality out of
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 year ago
http://blogs.solidworks.com/tech/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/PDM-or-PLM-What-does-YOUR-Company-Need.mp4 This presentation from EGS India is about PDM or PLM. What does a company need?. Learning from the Past Companies looking at ways and means of improving their operational efficiency have been confronted with the dilemma of choosing between Product Lifecycle Management systems or PLM as they are popularly called, and Product Data Management Systems or PDM.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 year ago
Simplifying Permissions By Applying Group Permission To Different Slices Of Your PDM Vault The basics of Enterprise PDM Folder Permissions are easy to learn. “I’ll create a group so I don’t have to modify every user gotta have Read file contents
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 year ago
With PDM Standard now available to SOLIDWORKS customers on subscription, common product data management woes have been solved. To celebrate, sing along with CAPINC experts to their latest song parody, featuring Jimmy Buffet and Product Data Management. CAPINC CAPINC CAPINC was founded on one core principle: Provide the best solutions and services to assist our customers in designing and developing better products. CAPINC provides premier solutions and services in New England to assist our
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 year ago
Pic1 Every company I’ve worked with performs 3 distinct actions during their design process – Create, Review and Approve. Whether it’s 1 person doing all three or all three spread over 30 people – those steps are always around. After a design is approved there comes the Engineering Change Process. This can be called the ECR, ECN, ECO, DCR, ECRN, ECP, etc. – I’ll call it the EC today.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
2 years ago