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 copy the file. Cause: The file could not be found.”

SOLIDWORKS PDM Error

This article is part of a series for troubleshooting common, and perhaps not so common, SOLIDWORKS PDM error messages. The error message “Could not copy the file. Cause: The file could not be found.”, can occur when a user launches a SOLIDWORKS PDM Template that…

Read More...

Why did my SOLIDWORKS PDM Task Fail?

SOLIDWORKS PDM Task Fail

A SOLIDWORKS PDM Task automates the conversion of SOLIDWORKS files to other file formats, such as PDFs. A PDM Task opens a SOLIDWORKS file, in SOLIDWORKS, and then performs a Save As operation. Occasionally a SOLIDWORKS PDM Task can fail! Reasons for a SOLIDWORKS PDM…

Read More...

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…

Read More...

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…

Read More...

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…

Read More...

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…

Read More...

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…

Read More...

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…

Read More...