Articles by: Andrew Lidstone, CSWE

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

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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Re-activating the SolidNetwork License Manager after purchasing additional licenses

re-activate SolidNetWork License Manager

If you have an existing SOLIDWORKS Network License and you purchase additional network licenses of SOLIDWORKS, or other network licenses of SOLIDWORKS products, such as Simulation, PDM, Inspection, Visualize, MBD, Composer … etc, then those licenses will simply be added to your existing SOLIDWORKS serial number (unless you have specifically requested that they not be)….

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Removing Old SQL Database Backups

To ensure the safety of your SOLIDWORKS PDM data, it’s essential to have a maintenance plan in place to perform regular (preferably nightly) backups of the vault database and the ConisioMasterDB database.  A Maintenance Plan that will automatically backup the databases can be set up for SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional using the SQL Server Agent included…

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Setting the SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM Working Folder

SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM Working Folder

When working with SOLIDWORKS files from the Workgroup PDM vault, a copy of the files is cached to the local computer. It’s generally best practice to set a specific folder for these local copies of the files to be stored in so that they are easier to manage. To set the local “working” folder, right…

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How to change the SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM User Password

SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM user password

If you need to change your SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM user password, this can be done directly within the SOLIDWORKS add in for Workgroup PDM. Right click within the Workgroup PDM tab in the Task Pane and select “SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM Options…” Go to the “Vault” tab, under the “Password” section click “Change” to modify the…

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