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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 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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SOLIDWORKS PDM Failed to Make Backup?!

If there is a mismatch in the Back-up settings of the SOLIDWORKS PDM Archive Server Configuration application, the message ‘Failed to Make Backup!’, will appear in the Archive Server log. If the error message is opened from the Archive Server log, the below description will be…

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SOLIDWORKS Routing Fixed Length Coverings

New to SOLIDWORKS 2019, is the ability to add Coverings of a Fixed Length. This works with routes that use splines, such as tube and electrical routes. To use this tool, edit a route and select a spline route segment. The Fixed Length Covering command,…

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Clearing the SOLIDWORKS PDM Archive Server Log

Clear log options

When viewing the SOLIDWORKS PDM User Log, clearing the log is straight forward. You simply left-click, on the ‘Empty the log’ icon. This is available from the User Log menu bar, located at the top-left of the Log. But how do you accomplish this for the…

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How to Split a SOLIDWORKS Manage Auto Number

A delimiter can be added, to the display of a Number (Part Number, Project Number, Document Number etc.) created by Auto Number. This will not change value in the system, but only how the Number is displayed. Splitting of an Auto Number, is accomplished through…

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How to split Splitting Projects into Stages with SOLIDWORKS Manage

If there is a period of time where no work is being done on a SOLIDWORKS Manage Project, the Project can be Split, so that time is not included in the percentage completion of Project. To do this, after creating or editing a Project, select…

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How to enable Rich Text in SOLIDWORKS Manage Memo Fields

When editing or creating an Object Memo Field, within the Administration Options. From Options tab, the SOLIDWORKS Manage Administrator can enable Use Rich Text Format.  Once enabled, a user can copy an image file or rich text into a Memo Field.

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How to define SOLIDWORKS Manage Working Days & Hours for Projects

SOLIDWORKS Manage Working Days

To help determine the total time available to complete a project stage, a SOLIDWORKS Manage Administrator can define the company default working days and hours. A user can then refine these hours based on their availability. In this way a total amount of available hours for a…

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How to handle Duplicate BOM Line Items in SOLIDWORKS Manage

For situations where instances of an item contain variants, such as colour or finish, Duplicate Line Items can be added to a SOLIDWORKS Manage BOM. Before thus can be done though, the Duplicate Line Item functionality must first be enabled by the SOLIDWORKS Manage Administrator. This…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM SQL Server Statistics and Query Plans

SOLIDWORKS PDM SQL Server Statistics is information about what is stored in SQL Tables. This information is then used to generate optimized query plans. Great, but what does that have to do with SOLIDWORKS PDM? To understand that, we first need to understand what a…

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SOLIDWORKS Manage Configuration File Utility

The SOLIDWORKS Manage Configuration File Utility can be used to test the connection to the SolidNetWork License Manager and resetting the SOLIDWORKS Manage Admin Password. During the installation SOLIDWORKS Manage Server, the *.swmc file is created and its location is noted in the SOLIDWORKS Manage Log-in screen, by…

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