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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.)
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
17 days ago
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.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 month 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
1 month 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.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
1 month 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you might be spending too much of your time either searching for design files or correcting mistakes due to incorrect, out-of-date files.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
2 months ago
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.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
2 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
3 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.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
6 months ago
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.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
7 months 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
7 months 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
8 months 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
11 months 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.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
11 months 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.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
11 months ago
This presentation from EGS India is about PDM or PLM. What does a company need?.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
11 months 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.
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.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 year ago
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
1 year ago
Recently, I wrote a blog post, giving some ideas on supporting multiple languages in Enterprise PDM. While writing that blog, I determined there are two ways you can “filter” your data cards so users only see their native language. Make different data cards per language and save them in different locations within your vault (i.e. save the English card in a root folder where only English users will work, save the French card in a root folder where only French users will work.) This works well as
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 year ago
Naming conventions are often regarded as simple and fairly straightforward. I submit that there’s real value in thoroughly discussing and investigating the impact of the numbering sequence and structure utilized. While I’ve had quite a bit of experience in this arena, I’ve yet to find the perfect system. Even starting at “1” and incrementing from there has it’s issues.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 year ago
Let’s face it – few mechanical engineers and designers enjoy performing tolerance analyses of their designs. It’s not that the calculations are necessarily difficult – in many cases the math involved is similar to balancing a checkbook, it’s just usually a tedious process. Understanding the parts involved in the stack-up so that you know what drawings are needed is the easy part. Actually being able to get all the drawings, especially if you’re using purchased components in the design, can be
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 year ago
SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM contains list functionality where you can build 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!
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 year ago
Connecting Excel to EPDM! Take the confusion out of who checked out what, when and where for example!
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 year ago
It’s a Friday night at 5:00 PM, and you’re all set to check-in your projects and clock out for the day. You go to click check-in, and your worst nightmare happens. What do we do?
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 year ago