Articles by: Chris Briand, CSWE

Chris has been educating and supporting Engineers, Designers and IT Personnel within the 3D CAD industry since 2002, and was adopted into the fantastic team of applications experts here at Javelin Technologies in early 2006.  Chris enjoys the continuous learning driven by the ingenuity and challenges Designers bring forward. Innovation using 3D Printing, 3D CAD and other technologies, combined with a diverse background as a technologist, allows Chris to find solutions that accelerate Designers, and take Design Teams to new heights. Chris is currently being held at an undisclosed location, near Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Populating cells in Microsoft Excel with EPDM variables

In prior posts we have shown you how to link EDPM variables to the custom properties of a Microsoft office document. What if you need to push that data into the cells of a Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet?

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Basic Troubleshooting of a Workgroup PDM System – Communication & Ports

As it is the time of year when many engineering and IT groups seek to update their software, we thought it might be nice to share some of our troubleshooting tips when it comes to setting up a Workgroup PDM System. Most of the common issues surrounding a SolidWorks Workgroup PDM installation involve communication.  Anything that blocks communication on the few ports that the workgroup Server uses to communicate will lead to the server not being available to the client systems. Please ensure that the following ports are open in your Server’s firewall and on the client systems: Port #: 80 Port #: 20000 Port #: 30000 Port #: 40000 Another typical occurrence is that the name of the computer hosting the vault has changed…

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Get your SOLIDWORKS Service Pack The Safe Way!

You’ve heard the phrase a million times… “Safety First”. Well, I’m here to tell you that this cliché has just as much truth when attempting to Download SOLIDWORKS Service Pack as anywhere else. One issue that many folks seemingly bump into, is the failure of a SOLIDWORKS upgrade when attempting to use the “Download and Install” option, which is present within the “Individual (On This Computer)” option that presents itself as the default within the SOLIDWORKS installation manager. Most of these failures are due to interruptions in the data and files requested and sent from SOLIDWORKS in order to complete the update process on your system. The interruptions in the data happen for a wide variety of reasons, mainly restrictions on the size, or amount an individual system can download within a network. The use of proxy servers for security purposes also tend to limit the ability of the Installation manager to…

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Getting Ready to Update your Workgroup PDM Vault

I was recently asked by an IT professional, what they should be doing prior to executing a move or an update of the WPDM vault. (Tips on actually moving your Workgroup Vault may be found at http://www.javelin-tech.com/blog/2012/09/moving-wpdm-vault-to-new-server) If possible have all users attached to the vault check in any files they currently have checked out, this will ensure that everyone’s data remains secure during the move and prepares you for the next step in our list. This second tip is not to be taken lightly, it is a fundamental step to ensuring your data remains safe and secure…………BACKUP YOUR WORKGROUP PDM VAULT DATA! – Which essentially means copying your Vault Data folder to a safe location, or a remote Drive. (Default location C:\VaultData) Ensure all…

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Translating Parts from Inventor into SolidWorks while maintaining their Features

A quick update to this post as our good friends at SolidWorks were kind enough to point out that I had not given the Inventor View Product it’s due. To that end I thought I should clear up some more of the hearsay and rumor surrounding translating files from Autodesk’s Inventor Product. Translation of individual part files from Inventor: Installation of the Inventor View product will only be sufficient for translation if you are looking to obtain Solid Bodies void of any feature data within SolidWorks. If you are attempting to retain the parametric features of your model you will need to install the latest release of Inventor (as compared to your installed release of SolidWorks). The method to accomplish the full translation is to:…

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3 POINT CHECKLIST for Importing Neutral File Formats into SolidWorks

Anyone who has ever had the opportunity to sit through one of my classes and been unfortunate enough to have asked the question “Why don’t my imports ever work” has likely had to sit and listen to my twenty minute dissertation (OK… It’s a bit of a Rant….) on the most important points regarding the import of Neutral file formats into SolidWorks. SolidWorks does a very consistent job at translating most of the common neutral file formats, (STEP, SAT, IGES, Parasolid) providing a few points have been thought about beforehand: COMMUNICATE! – Yes indeed…..actually getting on the horn and calling someone! – There are some items you may need to know: What application the neutral file came from & what neutral file formats work best from that application. (Across how many platforms has the file already been Translated?)

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Lost your SOLIDWORKS data in a crash? SOLIDWORKS Auto-recovery can help

Everybody has had it happen at least once…you dig in on an important project and get so carried away by your design you forget to save your work regularly.  It’s generally not until there is some sort of complication that we realize that we haven’t yet saved our files and committed our design to the sea of zeros and ones sitting on the hard drive. With time being as precious as it is these days, any time that we can recover from a crash or unforeseen circumstance is of benefit. SOLIDWORKS Auto-recovery When you start SOLIDWORKS after a crash any documents that had been active for more than the Auto-recovery interval should appear in the SOLIDWORKS Document Recovery Tab within the task pane. From there they can be saved as a new file or used to replace the original. The Auto-recovery settings may be found under: Tools > Options > Backup/Recover What…

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