SOLIDWORKS PDM

Tips and Techniques for SOLIDWORKS PDM Users and Administrators

How to prevent transition actions from selecting all child references in SOLIDWORKS PDM – Updated

SOLIDWORKS PDM transition actions

By default when SOLIDWORKS PDM transition actions complete a change state operation on a file, all the referenced files will be selected to transition: You can de-select any files to exclude them from the transition. Some users like the files selected by default, as it ensures no files are forgotten files when transitioning an assembly….

Read More...

SOLIDWORKS Design Time Tracking and SR&ED

When doing SOLIDWORKS design work, time tracking is a great idea. I have done a bunch of time studies in the manufacturing world and this helps dictate how long an expected operation should take. Take your car dealership mechanic for example, if you take your car in to change brakes, they have a book (online…

Read More...

Sizing the Microsoft SQL Primary Data (mdf) and Transaction Log (ldf) files

A Microsoft SQL database consists a primary data file (mdf) a secondary data file (ndf) and a transaction log file (ldf). For this article, we will concern ourselves with the mdf and ldf files. MDF stands for Main Database File and contains all the information in a database. LDF records all the transactions and changes…

Read More...

Could not add a Vault to the SOLIDWORKS PDM master database?

SOLIDWORKS PDM Administrative Image

You’ve had to reinstall Microsoft SQL on the same server. The installation of Microsoft SQL and SOLIDWORKS PDM went off seamlessly, but when you try to create a vault you receive this error message: “Could not add vault ‘[VaultName]’ to the SOLIDWORKS PDM master database ‘ConisioMasterDb’’. What the…does this mean and how do I fix…

Read More...

What does the SOLIDWORKS PDM File Compare function do?

In this tech tip I’ll describe what the SOLIDWORKS PDM File Comparison function is and how it works: This function can compare two different versions of a file. It can be performed by going to the ‘History’ of the file and multi-select versions of a file and select ‘Compare’. Users then need some form of…

Read More...

Using Shrink to address SOLIDWORKS PDM Database Free Space

The recommended free disk space for an SQL Server (SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional database), is 15%. If free disk space reaches levels below that, problems can occur. Lower levels can lead to PDM can becoming unusable. There may not may any notification of low disk space, until running the SOLIDWORKS PDM Database Upgrade Wizard. The PDM…

Read More...

SOLIDWORKS PDM Reference Tree Selection Controls

Check Out Assembly

Navigating large assembly reference trees within SOLIDWORKS PDM can be difficult, especially when Checking a file In/Out, performing a Copy Tree function, or Changing States. Let’s look at the dialog box when checking out a file: When checking out a file, the dialog box above is the default dialog box that is seen, however, if…

Read More...

How to prevent a user from accidentally moving a folder in a SOLIDWORKS PDM Vault

Is there a setting in SOLIDWORKS PDM to prevent a user from accidentally moving a folder in a vault? The following steps can be used to prevent a user from accidentally moving a folder in the vault because of a ‘lack of permission’ by disabling the ‘Move folder’ privilege. In the Administration tool > Users…

Read More...

How to manually update SOLIDWORKS Toolbox in a SOLIDWORKS PDM Vault

Before you manually update SOLIDWORKS Toolbox in SOLIDWORKS PDM Vault, first ensure there is a full recent back up of the file vault database and archive. Next make sure that all the Toolbox parts are not checked out or in use by any currently checked out assemblies. When an existing major version Toolbox is upgraded, Toolbox…

Read More...

Subscribe for Daily Tech Tips

Get Tech Tips delivered daily to your inbox, unsubscribe at any time.