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 Reorganize Index Process

EPDM Reorganize

SOLIDWORKS PDM Reorganize Index or Rebuild can increase performance on a fragmented database. If fragmentation is between 10 – 30% then Reorganize is recommended, when above 30% a Rebuild would be best. For fragmentation values lower than 10%, or for smaller databases, Reorganize and Rebuild may not increase performance. The SOLIDWORKS Knowledge Base article S-061702 offers a query to find…

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Selecting a source to be used as a SOLIDWORKS MANAGE Document Template

When creating a new Document or Record in SOLIDWORKS Manage 2019, a user with sufficient permissions, can select a source to be used as the SOLIDWORKS MANAGE Document Template. The new Document or Record source can be an existing SOLIDWORKS Manage document object or a SOLIDWORKS PDM file. After clicking on New to create a new Document or…

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Working with Autodesk Inventor Files in SOLIDWORKS PDM

SOLIDWORKS 3D Interconnect Inventor Files

In order for Autodesk Inventor files to be managed in SOLIDWORKS PDM, the client system needs to have either the full Inventor application or the Inventor Viewer installed. The reason for this, is that the Inventor files are read/written to, using the Inventor API. The Inventor viewer, Inventor View, can be downloaded from the Autodesk…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM could not find the Standards Database?

If SOLIDWORKS Toolbox is managed by SOLIDWORKS PDM then the swbrowser.sldedb Toolbox file must be cached locally and users must be able to access it. Here are some questions and answers to help you troubleshoot a SOLIDWORKS PDM Standards Database Error: Could not find the Standards database ‘C:\\\lang\english\swbrowser.sldedb’ Are Toolbox Files Cached Locally? First ensure…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM Warning: ‘The file format of file is not recognized’

When checking in files that contain configurations, a SOLIDWORKS PDM user may receive a message ‘The file format of file is not recognized. Do you want to check it in anyway?’ This may result from the configuration name exceeding 255 characters, which is the maximum allowed in a SOLIDWORKS PDM database. The file can be…

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What are the SOLIDWORKS Routing Component Grouping BOM Properties?

SOLIDWORKS Routing Component Grouping BOM Properties are a number of options in the Bill of Materials Property Manager which are specific to SOLIDWORKS Routing: Show only routing Components in BOM: will exclude components that are not part of a route, from the BOM. Group pipes or tubes with same diameter and schedule: will combine tubes that…

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How to add Slope to a SOLIDWORKS Routing BOM

SOLIDWORKS Routing Pipe Slope can be easily added to a Route and the information pertaining to the Pipe Slope can be displayed in the associated Route BOM. The first step is to define the Pipe Slope. This can be done by picking Add Slope from the Piping tab, of the Command Manager or from the…

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How to add Spool References to a SOLIDWORKS Routing BOM

SOLIDWORKS Routing Spool References

SOLIDWORKS Routing Spool References are defined in a Route Assembly and can be referenced in the Route Assembly BOM. The first step is to Define a Spool. The Define Spools command is available from the SOLIDWORKS Command Manager Piping menu. Once defined, the Spool will be listed under the Route Assembly, in the SOLIDWORKS Feature…

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