Articles by: Andrew Lidstone, CSWE

Andrew is a SOLIDWORKS Elite Applications Engineer and is based in our Dartmouth, Nova Scotia office.

Why is my SOLIDWORKS Network License not being returned to the SNL Server?

If you are using a network license for any SOLIDWORKS product (e.g. SOLIDWORKS CAD, SOLIDWORKS Visualize, SOLIDWORKS Composer etc.), once you close the program [or sign out of SOLIDWORKS PDM], then the license that was in use on your system should immediately be returned to the SNL Server so that another user can access that license. SOLIDWORKS…

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What is the SOLIDWORKS PDM Message: ‘Enter a valid account for this resource’?

SOLIDWORKS PDM Login

When using the View Setup utility to create a local vault view, the first thing you will be asked to do is select the name of the PDM Archive Server hosting the vault you want to attach to.  When you check the box beside that server name though, you MAY encounter a security screen asking…

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Setting SOLIDWORKS PDM Microsoft SQL Server to use a Static Port

Microsoft SQL Server Static Port

For users to be able to log into SOLIDWORKS PDM they must be able to connect to the Microsoft SQL Server that is hosting the database. By default Microsoft SQL Server Standard will communicate on port number 1433, so generally all that might be needed is to add a firewall exception for that port number…

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Showing the ‘Last Saved With’ file property in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2018

Previously, SOLIDWORKS introduced functionality which automatically created a file property which showed the version of SOLIDWORKS that the file was last saved with. Now with SOLIDWORKS PDM 2018, we can easily take advantage of the SOLIDWORKS Last Saved With file property to display that information in the PDM interface. Once the vault is upgraded to SOLIDWORKS…

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Input Formula aliasing using check boxes in SOLIDWORKS PDM Data Cards

Input Formula in SOLIDWORKS PDM Data Card

Recently a customer inquired about an interesting challenge.  They wanted to control the value of a text field on their SOLIDWORKS PDM Data Card by using a “Checkbox” field.  The idea was to have a checkbox to indicate whether or not the file required approval, this would control how the file moved through the Workflow. …

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Copy Tree Dynamic Variable Values in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2018

One of my favorite enhancements in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2018 is a new option to use dynamic values when updating Variables while performing a Copy Tree.  In the past, this functionality only allowed Administrators to either clear values or set static values for Variables in files that are created by a Copy Tree command. Now a…

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What Permissions are needed to view files in SOLIDWORKS PDM?

A request we frequently receive from SOLIDWORKS PDM Administrators is help with setting up users who should have View Only rights to files that are stored in the SOLIDWORKS PDM Vault. What are the minimum permission requirements? This is actually a slightly more complicated scenario than many administrators realize at first.  There are two sets…

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 Linked Custom Properties in Derived Parts

Starting with SOLIDWORKS 2018 you now have much more precise control over Linked Custom Properties in derived parts. Previously, when creating a mirrored or derived part, it was possible to Transfer the Custom Properties from the source file to the new file that was being created.  But it was an all or nothing operation, there…

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