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.

The 3DEXPERIENCE Compass

3DEXPERIENCE Compass

The 3DEXPERIENCE Platform is Dassault Systèmes foray into cloud-based collaborative design, and the gateway to the platform is the 3DEXPERIENCE Compass. The Compass consists of four quadrants, each containing a variety of Apps, Links and Online Resources.   The North point of the Compass is…

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Sizing the Microsoft SQL Primary Data (mdf) and Transaction Log (ldf) files

A Microsoft SQL database consists a primary data file (mdf) a secondary data file (ndf) and a transaction log file (ldf). For this article, we will concern ourselves with the mdf and ldf files. MDF stands for Main Database File and contains all the information…

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Could not add a Vault to the SOLIDWORKS PDM master database?

SOLIDWORKS PDM Administrative Image

You’ve had to reinstall Microsoft SQL on the same server. The installation of Microsoft SQL and SOLIDWORKS PDM went off seamlessly, but when you try to create a vault you receive this error message: “Could not add vault ‘[VaultName]’ to the SOLIDWORKS PDM master database…

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Using Shrink to address SOLIDWORKS PDM Database Free Space

The recommended free disk space for an SQL Server (SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional database), is 15%. If free disk space reaches levels below that, problems can occur. Lower levels can lead to PDM can becoming unusable. There may not may any notification of low disk space,…

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Why SOLIDWORKS Link Values is better than a Global Variable

Back with the release of SOLIDWORKS 2010, SOLIDWORKS introduced Global Variables. A nice little utility, to define a constant that can be used to drive multiple dimensions. And for many situations this works well but the one downside is that a Global Variable has to…

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How to find a Corrupt SOLIDWORKS Component

If you find that a SOLIDWORKS Component in your assembly or drawing has become corrupted, there are a couple of common causes for a file corruption: A SOLIDWORKS file became truncated while being saved. This can occur when the drive the file is being saved…

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How SOLIDWORKS Design Tables work and why they are still relevant.

For those who have been using SOLIDWORKS for a while you may remember how Design Tables were used to create configurations. Of course this can now be done more efficiently using Modify Configurations in SOLIDWORKS. But there are situations where Design Tables are still required…

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How to link Balloons to Custom Properties in a SOLIDWORKS Drawing Template

Recently a customer wanted to know if it was possible, in a SOLIDWORKS Drawing Template, to link Custom Properties to balloons, without the need to edit each balloon? After providing a solution to this customer I thought that other users may find this useful. Link…

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Setting the path for eDrawings in SOLIDWORKS PDM Administration

SOLIDWORKS PDM can work with different viewers to preview files within a vault. For SOLIDWORKS files, eDrawings is the default viewer. During the Installation of SOLIDWORKS PDM or SOLIDWORKS, eDrawings can be installed at the same time. During the installation of SOLIDWORKS PDM, the default…

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