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.

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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How to Split a SOLIDWORKS Manage Auto Number

A delimiter can be added, to the display of a Number (Part Number, Project Number, Document Number etc.) created by Auto Number. This will not change value in the system, but only how the Number is displayed. Splitting of an Auto Number, is accomplished through SOLIDWORKS Manage Administration Options. Select Numbering Schemes from the Advanced…

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How to manually delete a SOLIDWORKS PDM Local Vault View

Rarely, it may not be possible to delete SOLIDWORKS PDM Local Vault by the standard method of right-clicking on it and selecting Delete File Vault View. In these cases, the vault view can be deleted manually. Caution should be taken to ensure all files are checked in first, if possible. After the below processes are…

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How to split Splitting Projects into Stages with SOLIDWORKS Manage

If there is a period of time where no work is being done on a SOLIDWORKS Manage Project, the Project can be Split, so that time is not included in the percentage completion of Project. To do this, after creating or editing a Project, select the Planning tab. Right-click a Stage and select Split Stage.…

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How to enable Rich Text in SOLIDWORKS Manage Memo Fields

When editing or creating an Object Memo Field, within the Administration Options. From Options tab, the SOLIDWORKS Manage Administrator can enable Use Rich Text Format.  Once enabled, a user can copy an image file or rich text into a Memo Field.

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How to define SOLIDWORKS Manage Working Days & Hours for Projects

SOLIDWORKS Manage Working Days

To help determine the total time available to complete a project stage, a SOLIDWORKS Manage Administrator can define the company default working days and hours. A user can then refine these hours based on their availability. In this way a total amount of available hours for a project can be determined. The default hours for working days is set…

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How to handle Duplicate BOM Line Items in SOLIDWORKS Manage

For situations where instances of an item contain variants, such as colour or finish, Duplicate Line Items can be added to a SOLIDWORKS Manage BOM. Before thus can be done though, the Duplicate Line Item functionality must first be enabled by the SOLIDWORKS Manage Administrator. This is done from Administrative Options. Next edit an Object, by…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM SQL Server Statistics and Query Plans

SOLIDWORKS PDM SQL Server Statistics is information about what is stored in SQL Tables. This information is then used to generate optimized query plans. Great, but what does that have to do with SOLIDWORKS PDM? To understand that, we first need to understand what a query plan is. Query Plan A query plan is an…

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