Articles by: Nadeem Akhtar

How do I move files from one SOLIDWORKS PDM workflow to another?

A question I often come across while on tech support is: How do I move files from one SOLIDWORKS PDM workflow to another? When a new SOLIDWORKS PDM workflow has been created and additional logic and transitions or states added. There is a need to move many existing files over to the new workflow, the…

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How to set default values generation for new sheets in a SOLIDWORKS PDM Drawing

New in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2019, when you add new sheets to a checked-out SOLIDWORKS drawing file, SOLIDWORKS PDM generates default values for the newly added sheets and updates the values in the drawing data card. Previously, you had to manually update the values of mandatory variables in the drawing data card before check-in. NOTE: You…

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How to Show Preview Tabs in the SOLIDWORKS PDM Local Vault View

SOLIDWORKS PDM Show Preview Tabs

In SOLIDWORKS PDM Local Vault View, there is an option to select/deselect the Show preview tabs to get more information about the files/folders in the PDM Vault. Preview tabs can be turned on by right-clicking in the window and select View > Show preview tabs. With the show preview tabs selected, you are able to toggle between…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM Web Portal Error “Failed to check proxy settings”

Why do I receive error “Failed to check proxy settings” when logging in to SOLIDWORKS PDM Web Portal? When logging in to a SOLIDWORKS PDM vault web portal, an error message displays: “Failed to check proxy settings. Description: The Archive Server could not open the Windows Registry.” To correct this error message, you can add…

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Clean Uninstall of a SOLIDWORKS PDM Client

Sometimes you may need to completely uninstall SOLIDWORKS PDM Client, including all Program Files and Registry Keys. This process is helpful when troubleshooting a problematic SOLIDWORKS PDM Client machine. These steps will allow you to perform a clean SOLIDWORKS PDM Client uninstall and remove any installation files left behind and also remove registry entries. Perform…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM Set Description Character Limit

Some ERP systems limit the description of a part to maximum of 30 characters. This can be controlled for SOLIDWORKS parts when using SOLIDWORKS PDM. In SOLIDWORKS PDM, you can set the character limit of the Description field. By default this setting is disabled, to enable it; In the SOLIDWORKS PDM Administration Tool, open the…

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How to Switch the installation of a SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional Client to Standard

Switch SOLIDWORKS PDM Client Installation

Part of the SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard Client installation is to select the SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard Client. But you can continue the installation selecting the SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional Client instead. In this post we will cover how to switch SOLIDWORKS PDM Client Installation from a Professional Client to a Standard Client. If you selected the wrong SOLIDWORKS PDM…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM 2019 Convert Sheet Metal Flat Patterns to DWG/DXF

New in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2019 Professional we have the ability to convert sheet metal flat patterns. The Convert Task in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional converts sheet metal flat patterns to the DWG/DXF file format. NOTE: The following SOLIDWORKS PDM Convert Sheet Metal Flat Patterns steps are for SOLIDWORKS 2018 or later Here are the steps to…

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