SOLIDWORKS EPDM – Displaying State as Note in a Drawing

Article by Joe Medeiros, CSWE updated September 23, 2014

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The state of a file can be displayed in a drawing by using Transition actions, to assign a value to variable. A custom property mapped to this variable, can then be linked to a note in a drawing.

In the drawing data card, a control is associated with the variable that will display the state. To ensure the initial state will have a value, we enter the initial state name in the control’s properties.

Data Card

Data Card

The variable needs to have an attribute that is mapped to the appropriate custom property

Edit Variable

Edit Variable

To have the value for the variable update to display the next state name, we add an action in the transition proceeding the state.

Add Action

Add Action

For the transition action we choose Set Variable as the Type, select the variable used in our data card and and choose Dest. State as the value for the variable. We also need to provide a description for the transition action.

Transition Action Properties

Transition Action Properties

We repeat this process for each transition that proceeds a state we wish to display.

In the SolidWorks drawing, we can create a link to a note in a drawing. The drawing must first be checked to ensure the variable will be mapped to a custom property.

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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.