Articles by: Joe Medeiros, CSWE

Joe Medeiros is a SOLIDWORKS and PDM Certified Expert. He has been helping SOLIDWORKS users with training, mentoring and implementations since 1998. He combines industry experience with a thorough understanding of SOLIDWORKS products to assist customers in being successful. He shares his experience and expertise through blogs; one of which has been incorporated into the SOLIDWORKS Essentials training manual.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional 2019 Installation Guide

There are two methods that can be used to install the SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional components. One is the SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager, the other is the purpose-built installer, located in the SWPDMServer sub-folder, of the installation file-set. In this article, we will look at the using the SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager. We have also created an Installation…

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How to show Material and Mass in a SOLIDWORKS PDM Data Card

SOLIDWORKS PDM Part Data Card

Information about a file can be added and accessed through metadata. In SOLIDWORKS this metadata is referred to as Properties. In SOLIDWORKS PDM, this metadata is contained within Variables. By the use of PDM Attributes, we can map a Variable value to a File Property. This attribute acts as a conduit, allowing information entered in…

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Reduce time and mistakes with a SOLIDWORKS PDM Design Checker Task

The SOLIDWORKS Design Checker is one of the most underutilized utilities in SOLIDWORKS and this is unfortunate, as this utility can help eliminate costly mistakes due to errors in a SOLIDWORKS document. Design Checker can also reduce the amount of time to check documents, by running user defined checks. The SOLIDWORKS Design Checker ensures accuracy,…

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How to flip the Bend Direction of a SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal Part

The stated Bend Direction in a SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal drawing is based on the defined fixed face of the model. Editing the Flat Pattern feature, in the Flat-Pattern folder, will display the currently defined “Fixed face”. To change the Bend Direction, select a face that is on the other side of the material. Once complete,…

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How to disable SOLIDWORKS PDM Vault Launch at Windows Startup

Every time I startup my Windows 10 laptop, I would be prompted to log into all my SOLIDWORKS PDM Vaults. Since I typically have 3+ Vaults this was one of those little annoyances that I finally decided to do something about. After some searching, I found what I believe was the culprit. At some point…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM Failed to Make Backup?!

If there is a mismatch in the Back-up settings of the SOLIDWORKS PDM Archive Server Configuration application, the message ‘Failed to Make Backup!’, will appear in the Archive Server log. If the error message is opened from the Archive Server log, the below description will be displayed. Date: 2018-05-18 09:07:02.000 Module: ArchiveServerService Function: MainClass::muiBackupProc Code: E_INVALIDARG…

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SOLIDWORKS Routing Fixed Length Coverings

New to SOLIDWORKS 2019, is the ability to add Coverings of a Fixed Length. This works with routes that use splines, such as tube and electrical routes. To use this tool, edit a route and select a spline route segment. The Fixed Length Covering command, can be launched from the Tools menu in SOLIDWORKS, as…

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Clearing the SOLIDWORKS PDM Archive Server Log

Clear log options

When viewing the SOLIDWORKS PDM User Log, clearing the log is straight forward. You simply left-click, on the ‘Empty the log’ icon. This is available from the User Log menu bar, located at the top-left of the Log. But how do you accomplish this for the SOLIDWORKS PDM Archie Server Log? There is no ‘Empty the log’…

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