EPDM – Resetting Revision when using Copy Tree

Article by Joe Medeiros, CSWE updated October 17, 2011


When using the Copy Tree function in SolidWorks Enterprise PDM, the parent variable values are copied with the files. If a file being copied is at revision 3, then the copied part will also be at revision 3. If it is preferred that the new part starts at first revision, then some changes need to be made in Solidworks Enterprise PDM Administration.

Right click on the User’s Node and select Settings and then click on the Copy Tree Tab


Left click Add and enter the file type whose variables will be modified. The use of wildcards can be used to modify only certain file types. For example *.sld* would only modify Solidworks files. While the default *.* would modify all file types.

Enter the data card variable that will be modified. To avoid typo’s you may want to copy the variable name directly from the Variables node.

Enter the variable value that will be copied into data card, of the copied part. If you leave this field blank the existing value from the parent part will be cleared.

Click OK to close the dialogue box and accept the changes.

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Joe Medeiros, CSWE

Joe Medeiros is a SOLIDWORKS and PDM Certified Expert. He has been helping SOLIDWORKS users with training, mentoring and implementations since 1998. He combines industry experience with a thorough understanding of SOLIDWORKS products to assist customers in being successful. He shares his experience and expertise through blogs; one of which has been incorporated into the SOLIDWORKS Essentials training manual.