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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.

Connecting SOLIDWORKS Manage to a SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional Vault

SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional can be easily connected to SOLIDWORKS Manage. The close relationship between SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional and SOLIDWORKS Manage, is evident in the fact that SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional, is included with SOLIDWORKS Manage. In this article we will look at how to connect SOLIDWORKS…

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Installing Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Standard for SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional

Installing Microsoft SQL Server

In this article we will look at installing Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Standard, which ships with the SOLIDWORKS installation media disks (not the downloadable installation file set). SQL Server 2014 Standard must be installed before SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional can be installed. SQL Server 2014 should…

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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…

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SOLIDWORKS Manage Client Installation

After the SOLIDWORKS Manage Server installation, the clients can then be installed. The SOLIDWORKS Manage install can be launched by clicking on the SOLIDWORKS Manage msi, located in the SWManageClient folder, of the SOLIDWORKS Installation file-set. This will start the SOLIDWORKS Manage Client InstallShield Wizard….

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SOLIDWORKS Manage Log-in Process for Users and Administrators

Once the SOLIDWORKS Manage Client has been installed, both Users and Administrators, can access the same Manage interface. This is done by launching SOLIDWORKS Manage from a Shortcut, entering  SOLIDWORKS Manage in Windows Start or the SOLIDWORKS Program Group. When SOLIDWORKS Manage is launched for…

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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….

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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…

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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…

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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…

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