SOLIDWORKS PDM

Tips and Techniques for SOLIDWORKS PDM Users and Administrators

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 link SOLIDWORKS Drawing Sheet details to a PDM Data Card

Sheet Details Mapping - Complete

In SOLIDWORKS PDM we can map SOLIDWORKS Drawing Sheet details directly to a Data Card, making the information easily accessible to users.  In this article we’re going to look at how to create that relationship within the vault. How to map the SOLIDWORKS Drawing Sheet to a Data Card In this example, we’re going to…

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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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How to make SOLIDWORKS PDM custom columns retain their order in Windows Explorer

SOLIDWORKS PDM Custom Columns in Windows Explorer

If you’re using custom columns for Windows Explorer within SOLIDWORKS PDM you may have run into an issue with them not retaining their order while navigating the vault or after a reboot.  This issue can be caused by a mismatch in the registry of the client machine, which we can correct with a few edits. WARNING: Caution…

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What does the Preserve Relative Paths option do in the SOLIDWORKS PDM Move Tree tool?

If you’ve had a chance to take one of our Using SOLIDWORKS PDM classes, it’s likely you’ve heard me rave about the Copy or Move Tree Tool.  In a recent class, I was asked to clarify what the SOLIDWORKS PDM Move Tree Preserve relative paths checkbox does… What does “Preserve Relative Paths” do? This option…

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