Be sure to tune in Wednesday, December 5th starting at 1:00pm ET to watch as we announce what’s new in the SOLIDWORKS 2019 Distributed Data Management and Designer to Analyst solutions. Learn how all these new capabilities and user-driven enhancements in our suite of Simulation and Data Management solutions will help will improve your product development processes by helping you collaborate better, iterate faster, and validate that only the most optimized products are being brought to market.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
11 days ago
In this article we will discuss several notifications we see when using the PDM add-in in SOLIDWORKS. These revolve around versions and how each version is used in assemblies or sub-assemblies. During customer support I notice that this question comes up every now and then for different level PDM users. This article intents to give insight into what versions are and how they are used.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 month ago
Something that all designers and engineers are asked is to create new work that is based, often heavily, on a previous design iteration. If you’re already using SOLIDWORKS, you’ll be well aware that there are file references between an assembly and its parts. So just diving in and duplicating a set of files in Windows Explorer and renaming them causes problems, it also gives the Innova Systems Technical Support team a bit of a headache! So what methods are there for duplicating, renaming and
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
3 months ago
Have you tried to cache an older version of a file and couldn’t find the ‘Get’ command in SOLIDWORKS PDM? It can be challenging for a PDM Admin to enable this option for a group/user after the vault is initially implemented. The reason behind this is there isn’t an ‘Enable Get Command’ checkmark box that an Admin can select. This command is only available for users when multiple options in the Administration tool are set together.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
4 months ago
In this blog, we’ll take a look at some of the new PDM features and enhancements for SOLIDWORKS 2018. PDM Standard The first major change which occurs in 2018 is a change to the PDM naming scheme and support. From SOLIDWORKS 2018 onward, Workgroup PDM is no longer supported and has been replaced by SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard. This means that if you are currently using SOLIDWORKS 2017 (or earlier) with Workgroup PDM and want to upgrade to SOLIDWORKS 2018, you will also have to upgrade (or migrate)
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
5 months ago
I love visuals in place of linear data, vis-à-vis spreadsheets. Even though Excel is actually a piece of software Microsoft nailed, I still find myself wanting to see my data in something more than rows and columns, especially at 4 in the afternoon when it’s easy to get cross-eyed. I’ve come across countless organizations where Excel is used rampantly and as the habitual default – even when there are professional tools available to them. With all of the PDM conversations I’ve had, I’ve started
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
5 months ago
SOLIDWORKS PDM Tech Tip Written by: Bryce Hooper, Application Engineer, DASI Solutions There are several methods that are capable of reducing the overall footprint of our vault on a hard drive. Here we will discuss 2 methods: Compression and Cold Storage. As noted below, each of these has their own benefit and caveat. It is important to keep this in mind before implementing either solution.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
5 months ago
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
8 months 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
8 months 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
9 months 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
10 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
10 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
10 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
1 year 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
1 year 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 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
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