Articles by: Adam Bridgman, CSWE

Adam Bridgman in SOLIDWORKS Certified Expert proving customers with technical support and training

DriveWorks Tutorial: Specification Flow (2 of 5) – Transitions [VIDEO]

This workflow has all the required states, but no method to transition in between them.  The minimum number of transitions is one each way.

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DriveWorks Tutorial: Specification Flow (1 of 5) – States [VIDEO]

Specification flow in DriveWorks can be a tricky beast to understand because there are a lot of interacting elements to it. However broken down each element is very simple. To help our customers better take advantage of this functionality I am going to do a multipart series…

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A Macro to Link SOLIDWORKS Custom Property to Note

There are many different methods to link SOLIDWORKS custom properties and display them in different ways; for example a note that displays the bounding box length. One limitation is that a custom property cannot be linked to a note, this can be useful in many…

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SOLIDWORKS Popup Dialogs Now Display On Top Automatically [VIDEO]

SOLIDWORKS Popup Dialog Window

In previous releases of SOLIDWORKS you may have noticed that dialogs did not always popup in front when they are most relevant. For example, when you edited a design table in SOLIDWORKS 2012, or older, a new Excel window appeared on top of SOLIDWORKS; but the accompanying…

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DriveWorks: Default Value Extended

This video uses the default values property to set the value of multiple lists based on the selection of any one pick. Default values extended, using default values to have interdependent lists A common problem faced by DriveWorks administrators is how to handle multiple interrelated fields.  In this example we have 3 inputs, customer, contact, or region.  The desired behaviour is to have all three inputs selectable, but a selection in any list sets the value for the other two lists.  Traditionally this is done by having two selections, one to choose the selection method and the other to make the actual selection.  This setup can be useful, but the purpose of this tip is to show you a less intuitive setup that can be…

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Event Listeners (SolidWorks Macro) – Video

Event listeners are used to execute code when a certain event takes place, such as a user creating a new part, or opening an assembly. How to program event listeners using macros Event listeners allow you to run code when a user performs a certain action.  For example when the user clicks new document an event listener could trigger code to save the currently active document. To set up your event listener you need to start by creating a new macro.

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DriveWorks – Default Values

This video will demonstrate the use of the Default Value property to set the value of a pick list and still allow the user to change that value afterwards.  

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DriveWorks Query Data Values: Part 3

This is the third and final chapter in the series about using Query Data Values. I recommend you watch the first two videos (PART 1 & PART 2) before this one, however it is not required to follow this video. The purpose of this tip is to show off some of the rule building features, which are available in DriveWorks 8 and onward.  I will also show you how to have a single control allow user input or display an output using the override rule property.

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DriveWorks Query Data Values: Part 2

This is part 2 of of our DriveWorks Query Data Values series, if you have not already watched PART 1 please do so, this video is a direct continuation from there.

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