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 Error: “Could not create folder. Cause: The file/key name was invalid.”

Could not create folder. Cause: The file/key name was invalid

This article is part of a series for troubleshooting common, and perhaps not so common, SOLIDWORKS PDM error messages. SOLIDWORKS PDM ERROR: “Could not create folder. Cause: The file/key name was invalid.” This reported error can occur when executing a SOLIDWORKS PDM Template. The error…

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Managing Multiple Workflows and Categories in SOLIDWORKS PDM

As the number and complexity of SOLIDWORKS PDM Workflows increases, the tools and strategies to test and troubleshoot workflow becomes increasingly important. In this article, I will look at tools and strategies to deal with multiple and complex workflows: SOLIDWORKS PDM Sandbox Vaults The first…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM Resource Monitor GDI Handles Warning

SOLIDWORKS PDM GDI Handles

After installing SOLIDWORKS PDM 2019, or a later version, you may receive a SOLIDWORKS PDM Resource Monitor Warning that the available GDI handles are critically low for Explorer.exe, as shown in the figure below: What are GDI Handles? GDI stands for Graphical Device Interface and…

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Alternative Method to Move SOLIDWORKS SolidNetWork License

Move SOLIDWORKS license

For the most part, moving the SOLIDWORKS SolidNetWork License can be performed, as explained in my colleague’s article, Moving The SOLIDWORKS SolidNetWork License (SNL) Manager. But in some cases, Windows user permissions can cause issues. Many of these issues can be addressed by logging into…

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Troubleshooting SOLIDWORKS SolidNetWork License Manager After a Server Move

Troubleshooting SOLIDWORKS SolidNetWork License Manager

In his article “Moving The SOLIDWORKS SolidNetWork License (SNL) Manager“, my colleague Andrew, explains how to move the SOLIDWORKS SolidNetWork License Manager to another server. And for the most part, this works well. But in some cases, the licensing server that the client computers point…

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How are unused SOLIDWORKS PDM Serial Numbers handled?

While helping a customer with an issue they were having with their SOLIDWORKS PDM serial numbers, I came across an article on how unused serial numbers are handled. This article really helped me understand the way serial numbers are doled out and I believe others…

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Datum Targets now available in SOLIDWORKS MBD 2021

SOLIDWORKS MBD Datum Targets

In SOLIDWORKS MBD 2021, Datum Targets are now available. Previously only Datums were available,  but now in MBD 2021, Datum Targets can be added to a Datum. The Datum Target command is available from the MBD Dimensions tab but is greyed out if no Datums…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021 Displaying Derived Part References

SOLIDWORKS PDM Derived Part

In SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021, the way Derived Part References are displayed, has been improved. But before we look at the improvements, perhaps should first discuss what a Derived Part actually is. What is a Derived Part? In SOLIDWORKS, a Derived Part can be directly created…

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