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Setting SOLIDWORKS PDM External References Search Paths

SOLIDWORKS PDM External References

SOLIDWORKS PDM will normally handle references, between components. If these references do not exist, then PDM will use search criteria used by the respective application, such as SOLIDWORKS. Through the SOLIDWORKS PDM External References tab, additional folders to be searched, can be specified. These folders must reside in the selected Vault. Set External References in…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM Look for Variable in Configuration Options

When defining a BOM in SOLIDWORKS PDM Administration. There are a number of options for choosing which Configurations to grab the Variable Value from. In this article, we will review the following SOLIDWORKS PDM Look for Variable options: Look for variable in all configurations – This option will display the first Value, of any Configuration.…

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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…

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Undo in the Data Card Editor is new for SOLIDWORKS PDM 2018

For all of you who create or edit SOLIDWORKS PDM Data Cards, this may be one of your favorite enhancements, in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2018. Yes, you can now UNDO any unintended changes. Undo is not available from the right-mouse menu, but CTRL-Z works and Undo is available from the Edit pull-down. There is no Redo…yet.

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Merging Branched Files in SOLIDWORKS PDM

In my previous article, we looked at Creating Branches from a Source file, so that we could test different concepts, on these Branches. In this article, we will look at how to combine these changes into a Source File by Merging Branched files with their source. As with Branch, Merge is available from the Tools pull-down,…

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How to Branch SOLIDWORKS PDM Files for design conceptualization

This is a continuation of our SOLIDWORKS PDM Branching and Merging series. In this article, we will look at the steps to Branch SOLIDWORKS files. Branching creates copies of a source file, which can be modified in order to test new concepts. Branching is available from the Tools pull-down, of the Local Vault View. The…

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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…

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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…

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