SOLIDWORKS PDM 2018 Supports Non-SOLIDWORKS CAD File References

Article by Justin Williams updated January 6, 2018

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New in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2018 is support for the 3D Interconnect functionality; the PDM vault will now manage references between SOLIDWORKS files and non-SOLIDWORKS CAD files.

SOLIDWORKS PDM 3D Interconnect

SOLIDWORKS 3D Interconnect PDM Vault

Note: The non-SOLIDWORKS CAD files must be added to the vault before being added to the assembly, to save the references to PDM.

When the assembly is checked in, all the references will be written to the database and managed from there.  This results in the Contains tab, Bill of Materials tab, and the Where Used tab are all being populated without using any 3rd party software or defining any references manually.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Contains Tab

SOLIDWORKS PDM Contains Tab

Currently, SOLIDWORKS PDM 3D Interconnect supports the following file formats:

File FormatFile Extension
Autodesk® InventorIPT, IAM
CATIA® V5CATPART, CATPRODUCT
PTC®/CREOPRT, PRT., XPR, ASM, ASM., XAS
Siemens™ NXPRT
SOLID Edge®PAR, PSM, ASM
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Justin Williams

Justin Williams is a Data Management Applications Expert based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.