SOLIDWORKS PDM Tech Tip Written by: Bryce Hooper, Application Engineer @ DASI Solutions It is important to know that the location where our data is stored is not a place that is forever set in stone. There will always be situations where we need more space, more speed, or – in a bad situation – have a failing drive. Here, we can find the methods used to relocate and redistribute our vault storage. Distribution The archive file store can be relocated into as many as 16 locations.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
17 days ago
There’s a common thread among many of the big tech trends today. Big Data, the Internet of Things (IoT), machine learning, Artificial Intelligence (AI) are all powered by one thing: data. Better access and analysis of data enables people and organizations to be nimble and make better decisions faster. It’s pretty simple.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
19 days ago
Author: Andrew Lidstone, CSWE, Javelin Technologies Previously, SOLIDWORKS introduced functionality which automatically created a file property which showed the version of SOLIDWORKS that the file was last saved with. Now with SOLIDWORKS PDM 2018, we can easily take advantage of the SOLIDWORKS Last Saved With file property to display that information in the PDM interface. Once the vault is upgraded to SOLIDWORKS PDM 2018, a new Variable will automatically be created called: _SW_Last_Saved_With_
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 month ago
With the release of SOLIDWORKS Manage the SOLIDWORKS Distributed Data Management process solution is becoming a reality for a long time SOLIDWORKS customer ENVE Composites. See the full Rachel Joyce-Ready video featured at SOLIDWORKS World 2018 here. ENVE Composites, based in Ogden Utah, designs and produces high-performance carbon fiber bicycle components for demanding riders worldwide. ENVE Composites has utilized SOLIDWORKS since its inception back in 2007 and added SOLIDWORKS PDM
SOLIDWORKS Blog
2 months ago
Author: Joe Medeiros, CSWE, Javelin Technologies For SOLIDWORKS PDM Maintenance to optimize performance and prevent data loss, it is important to perform scheduled back-up of your PDM components. Let’s first examine the components that should be backed up. These components are: The SQL Database, The Archive Folder and The Archive settings. With the first two components, failing to back these up correctly, may lead to permanent data loss.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
3 months ago
SOLIDWORKS PDM Tech Tip Written by: Bryce Hooper, Application Engineer @ DASI Solutions It’s always hard to judge just how much data you will need as time goes forward. What is reasonable today isn’t always enough tomorrow. As we create CAD data and dig into our PDM vault, the rate of growth is likely to increase. This doesn’t bode well for our server hard drives.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
3 months ago
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
5 months ago
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
5 months 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
5 months 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
6 months 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
8 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
9 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
10 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
11 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
1 year 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 year 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 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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