SOLIDWORKS PDM Failed to create temporary file for SOLIDWORKS Simulation

Article by Joe Medeiros, CSWE updated August 9, 2016


If your SOLIDWORKS Simulation results folder is associated with PDM, you may receive the error message ‘Failed to create temporary file‘. This can happen when PDM attempts to create a preview of the Simulation results. This will typically occur when you try to create a new mesh, or show a result plot.

To avoid this error, you can add Simulation .cwr file to the Exclusion list located from the Display pull-down, of the PDM local vault view.

Exclude .cwr file types in SOLIDWORKS PDM

Exclude File Types in SOLIDWORKS PDM

Alternatively, you can check-out the relevant .cwr file.

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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.