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SOLIDWORKS PDM Maintenance & Backup Recommendations

For SOLIDWORKS PDM Maintenance to optimize performance and prevent data loss, it is important to perform scheduled back-up of your PDM components. Let’s first examine the components that should be backed up. These components are: The SQL Database, The Archive Folder and The Archive settings. With the first two components, failing to back these up correctly, may lead to permanent data loss. The first and…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM Design Branching & Merging Overview

SOLIDWORKS PDM Branching and Merging, aids in the design process, by allowing the designer to Branch concepts from source file, and combine the successful concepts with the source file. Branching The first part of this process, is Branching. Branching creates copies of a source, in much the same way as Copy Tree, but adds the ability to maintain the History, of the branched files. By…

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How to update SOLIDWORKS PDM Drawings linked to the $PRPSHEET Attribute

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In a previous article I discussed the use of $PRPSHEET to create a link between Part or Assembly Properties and a Drawing. The article described how to create the link, purely through SOLIDWORKS, and how to use SOLIDWORKS PDM to update the link. While there are advantages to having notes in a drawing linked to Part and Assembly Properties, there is one shortcoming. In order for…

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Best Practices for using $PRPSHEET in SOLIDWORKS PDM

The use of $PRPSHEET can be confusing, since it can be used in more then one way and can interact with SOLIDWORKS PDM or be independent of PDM. $PRPSHEET is intended to get information from one document, such as a part or assembly, into another document, such as a drawing. In order to understand how this transfer of information works, we need to understand the…

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Moving SOLIDWORKS PDM Files does not regenerate Data Card Values?

When moving SOLIDWORKS PDM files between folders, with the option ‘Folder data card variable’ checked the result may not be what you are expecting.   The expectation would be that any Data Card Control, with ‘Folder data card variable’,  would pull the Variable Value from the Folder Card, regardless how the file made its way to the folder. When a file is moved or copied…

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How are SOLIDWORKS PDM drawing properties updated?

SOLIDWORKS PDM drawing properties

In previous Javelin blogs, it was explained how to use $PRPSHEET “Write Drawing Card With Part Card Variables“. While this is a good tool for reducing workload, and ensuring consistency of data entry by reducing the number of data cards where information has to be entered; there is one limitation that needs to be understood. Updating the component (part or assembly card) does not update…

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How to create a duplicate SOLIDWORKS PDM Vault

duplicate SOLIDWORKS PDM Vault

In a previous article I described how to create a Sandbox Vault. This will create a new vault with the same vault settings, but it does not copy the Database or the Archive. We can copy the Database and the Archive or parts of the archive using Collect Support Information. In this article, we will look at how to bring all those pieces together, in order…

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Do you know that SOLIDWORKS PDM has a Search Tool?

Default SOLIDWORKS PDM Search

Often when I’m working with SOLIDWORKS PDM users, I’ll see many navigate to files, by browsing through folders. This method is cumbersome and requires remembering in which buried sub-folder a file is stored in. These same users are often surprised to hear that SOLIDWORKS PDM include a powerful and customizable search tool. At the top-right of the Window Explorer Vault View, there is an icon…

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