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How to link SOLIDWORKS Drawing Sheet details to a PDM Data Card

Article by Justin Williams created/updated June 5, 2019

In SOLIDWORKS PDM we can map SOLIDWORKS Drawing Sheet details directly to a Data Card, making the information easily accessible to users.  In this article we’re going to look at how to create that relationship within the vault.

How to map the SOLIDWORKS Drawing Sheet to a Data Card

In this example, we’re going to map the current sheet and the total number of sheets values…

  • The first step is we’ll need to create the variables to store this information, then create the attribute mappings accordingly;
    • Administration Tool > Variables > New Variable…
      • Name; Current Sheet
      • Type; Text
        • New attribute;
          • Block Name: $PRP
          • Attribute Name: SW-Current Sheet
          • Extension: slddrw
Edit Variable

Edit Variable

      • Name; Current Sheet
        • Type; Text
          • New attribute;
            • Block Name: $PRP
            • Attribute Name: SW-Total Sheets
            • Extension: slddrw
Sheet Total Variable

Sheet Total Variable

  • Next, we’ll need to link these variables to a data card;
    • Administration Tool > Cards > File Cards > SOLIDWORKS Drawing Card;
      • Link up edit boxes to the new variables;
SOLIDWORKS Drawing Sheet details in a data card

Link to data card

Then the Drawing Sheet value should populate directly to the SOLIDWORKS PDM Data Card;

SOLIDWORKS Drawing Sheet and data card linked

SOLIDWORKS Drawing Sheet and data card linked

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

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