SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard

Manually Setting The SOLIDWORKS PDM Archive Server Folder Locations

SOLIDWORKS PDM Archive Server Folder

Generally it’s best practice to use the SOLIDWORKS PDM Archive Server Configuration utility to relocate the PDM Archive folders, however there may be times (perhaps during a server migration or after a restore due to a system failure) where you might need to be able to specify the Archive Folder locations manually. This is actually…

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Collecting information for SOLIDWORKS PDM Support

Collecting information for SOLIDWORKS PDM Support

When you are encountering issues using SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional or Standard, the first thing that your Value Added Reseller’s SOLIDWORKS PDM Support technician will want to review in most cases are the log files, from both the local client and the server. Thankfully, this information and more can be very easily gathered and packaged up…

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Managing large SOLIDWORKS PDM file lists more effectively

SOLIDWORKS PDM File List

When working with large file sets in SOLIDWORKS PDM, the file list generated for actions such as Check Outs, Check Ins and Transitions can get quite long and potentially difficult to manage. For instance to Check Out an entire file set of several hundred files, it would take quite a bit of time to check…

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How to prevent transition actions from selecting all child references in SOLIDWORKS PDM

SOLIDWORKS PDM transition actions

By default when SOLIDWORKS PDM transition actions complete a change state operation on a file, all the referenced files will be selected to transition: You can de-select any files to exclude them from the transition. Some users like the files selected by default, as it ensures no files are forgotten files when transitioning an assembly….

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How to set the SOLIDWORKS PDM Details View as default in Windows Explorer

SOLIDWORKS PDM Details View

During our Administering SOLIDWORKS PDM Training course, I always recommend setting the explorer view as Details as there’s a lot more information available for files with this view option.  Directly after I often get asked: “How do I set the SOLIDWORKS PDM Details View as the default in Windows Explorer?”. With SOLIDWORKS PDM being integrated within…

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How to set the default SOLIDWORKS PDM search path to be the root folder

SOLIDWORKS PDM default search path

When opening the Complete Search Card from within a vault, the SOLIDWORKS PDM default search path will be the folder in which the search was opened, therefore only searching from that folder down.  As a user, I found that 99.9% of the time, I actually wanted to search the entire vault, regardless of where I opened…

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How to show Drawings under the SOLIDWORKS PDM Contains Tab

SOLIDWORKS PDM Contains Tab

By default the SOLIDWORKS PDM Contains Tab in Windows Explorer is set to the ‘Active Configurations’, and as a result of this will not show any references to drawings. How to show the drawings within the Contains tab Change the view from Default <Active Configuration> to <Do Not Show Configurations> Then the drawings will be…

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How to setup the Weldment Cut List for SOLIDWORKS PDM

SOLIDWORKS PDM Weldment Cut List

In this article, we’re going to look at how to setup the weldment cut list to show the quantity and length values in a SOLIDWORKS PDM Weldment Cut List Quantity Administration Tool > Bills of Materials > Weldment Cut List Add the column ‘QTY’ with the variable <Reference Count (BOM Quantity disregarded)> Then hit OK. The Quantity should…

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