Articles by: Nadeem Akhtar

SOLIDWORKS PDM Cache Options for SOLIDWORKS Toolbox

In SOLIDWORKS PDM there are options that can automatically handle how files are cached. These options are available for both the User and Group Properties. Here is how you can automatically get the latest cache of SOLIDWORKS Toolbox files managed in a SOLIDWORKS PDM vault during log in: Go to User/Group Properties, click on “Cache…

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How to Manage SOLIDWORKS Toolbox in a SOLIDWORKS PDM Vault

When SOLIDWORKS PDM is used to manage SOLIDWORKS Toolbox, it can perform several automated functions: Adding missing Toolbox components to the vault Creating references between Toolbox components and SOLIDWORKS assemblies Check out and in Toolbox components and creating new versions of Toolbox components To setup SOLIDWORKS PDM to manage SOLIDWORKS Toolbox: Copy the Toolbox data “SOLIDWORKS…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM Toolbox Integration

The recommended SOLIDWORKS PDM Toolbox Integration is to add a Windows registry option to automatically force caching of the latest version of SOLIDWORKS Toolbox references on open when Toolbox is managed in SOLIDWORKS PDM. This override ensures that the latest version of a Toolbox reference is cached to avoid Toolbox having to create missing sizes…

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How to add SOLIDWORKS PDM Toolbar Buttons to Windows Explorer

In the SOLIDWORKS PDM vault view, toolbar buttons can be added for users and groups to give quick access to various commands. In Administration tool > Expand Users > Right-click the user and select Settings Select the Toolbar tab > Add the button from the list of ‘Available toolbar buttons’ to ‘Current Toolbar buttons’ list…

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Why are Blue Folders being displayed in SOLIDWORKS PDM?

Are you seeing SOLIDWORKS PDM blue folders in your vault view, instead of the standard green colour? If so, this simply means you are working offline and not connected live to the vault server. This happens when you click the Work Offline button on the vault login screen, or attempt to login when you are disconnected…

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SOLIDWORKS Toolbox Database Wrong Version!

SOLIDWORKS Toolbox Database Wrong Version

If SOLIDWORKS is updated to a later service pack, you may find that SOLIDWORKS Toolbox fails with a message stating that the Toolbox database is “…not the expected version”, thereby preventing it’s use.  The common cause of this is when upgrading to a newer version of SOLIDWORKS, the right Toolbox location is not “pointed to”…

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How to search files checked out by SOLIDWORKS PDM users

In the SOLIDWORKS PDM Complete Search card, files can be searched using user information. Under Checked in/out tab ‘Only display files checked out by:’ shows a list of user names. The user name can change to full name. This can be complete on any client machine. Login to the vault in Administration Tool as ‘Admin’…

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