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Samir Lohmann

Samir Lohmann is a certified SOLIDWORKS Data Management specialist. He has worked with different engineering data management systems since 1999 and helped hundreds of companies since then. He started working with SOLIDWORKS PDM in 2008 and is a member of the Javelin team since 2016.

Improving data consistency with SOLIDWORKS Manage using the In Process status

SOLIDWORKS Manage Processes are a very powerful and flexible resource to model business processes and automatically update any records involved as the process progresses. In this article, we will show how to use the In Process status to guarantee that the records being affected can…

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 Weldment Cut List IDs

SOLIDWORKS 2021 Cut List Properties

Starting in SOLIDWORKS 2021, you can now generate IDs for each Weldment Part Cut List item that is a unique identifier for each cut list item in a Part’s Cut List folder. To enable this, click Tools > Options > Document Properties > Weldments. Under…

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SOLIDWORKS Manage 2021 Share Files

SOLIDWORKS Manage 2021 Share File

SOLIDWORKS Manage 2021 allows you to share files with people who do not have Manage installed on their systems, through an HTTP link to the Web Plenary client. To share a file, simply right-click it and select Share. Share Options This will show you a…

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SOLIDWORKS Manage 2021 Bill of Materials (BOM) Enhancements

SOLIDWORKS Manage 2021 brings new, powerful Bill of Materials (BOM) features. Here’s a short summary of the new functionalities. Dissolving an item One of the most powerful enhancements is the possibility to dissolve an item in a BOM, so that that item is replaced by…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021 Treehouse view in the Where Used tab

SOLIDWORKS PDM Treehouse

SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional 2021 introduces the possibility to show a Treehouse view from any file’s Where Used tab. With the Treehouse view, you can visually navigate through all assemblies and drawings that use a file. This can save you the time you would take to…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021 Assembly BOMs now support Cut List items

SOLIDWORKS PDM BOM with Cut List

Starting in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021, Cut List items can be shown as children of their part files in any Bill of Materials (BOMs), not only in the part Cut List or Weldment BOMs, as was the case until SOLIDWORKS PDM 2020. This makes it much…

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How to fix a ‘File not found’ error when exporting a CEX file from the SOLIDWORKS PDM Administration Tool

SOLIDWORKS PDM administrators may want to save their vault settings as a CEX file for a number of reasons; for instance, to create a sandbox vault or to provide it to Technical Support. Our exporting SOLIDWORKS PDM Vault Settings article contains a series of steps…

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The SOLIDWORKS PDM Vault Structure and Backup best practices

Exporting vault settings SOLIDWORKS PDM

If you are an IT professional who supports a SOLIDWORKS PDM installation, you already know that it has many features that enable the Engineering department to design their products faster and better; but from a purely IT perspective, it is a specialized file repository –…

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How to prepare for a SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard or Professional migration (for Workgroup PDM users)

SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM Migration

With the introduction of SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard in 2016, the popular but outdated SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM started to be phased-out, and SOLIDWORKS 2017 SP5 was the latest version to include it. As of version 2018, companies have the choice of either migrating to SOLIDWORKS PDM…

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Why can’t I send a Record to a Process in SOLIDWORKS Manage?

No process

When setting up a new process in SOLIDWORKS Manage, for instance, an Engineering Change Process to be used by a certain object type, it is common to see the screen below when trying to send your record to the new process. The drop-down is empty…

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Working offline during a SOLIDWORKS PDM Vault Maintenance

SOLIDWORKS PDM Vault Maintenance

Overview During a SOLIDWORKS PDM vault maintenance, such as a migration or implementation of a server, a performance audit, or during an upgrade, users may need to work offline for a certain period of time, while the vault is being serviced. Sometimes, it is also…

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Can I get a new revision number for a file in SOLIDWORKS PDM prior to making my changes?

SOLIDWORKS PDM revision number default workflow

A common question that we are asked during SOLIDWORKS PDM implementations is what the correct transitions in the workflow are to increment the revision number of CAD files; should the SOLIDWORKS PDM revision number be created before or after the modification is done? SOLIDWORKS PDM…

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