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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…

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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…

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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…

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How to setup the Weldment Cut List for SOLIDWORKS PDM

SOLIDWORKS PDM Weldment Cut List

In this article, we’re going to look at how to setup the weldment cut list to show the quantity and length values in a SOLIDWORKS PDM Weldment Cut List Quantity Administration Tool > Bills of Materials > Weldment Cut List Add the column ‘QTY’ with the variable <Reference…

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How to copy entire folder structures into the SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional Templates dialog

It’s no secret I’m a big fan of  SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional templates.  Previously as a vault administrator I had an obsession with folder structure. I found that every user had a style to file management with regards to folder structure which resulted in inconsistencies depending on…

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What are the options for duplicate file names in a SOLIDWORKS PDM vault?

SOLIDWORKS PDM Duplicate file name

SOLIDWORKS PDM Duplicate file name can be a problem, but there are a few options for handling duplicates, all of which are accessible via: Administration Tool > [Vault Name] > File Types > [Right-Click] > ‘Duplicate file name settings’ Lets take a closer look at…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard: Creating a New Vault

SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard Vault

After installing SOLIDWORKS PDM server and Client, you can now create your SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard Vault, through the SOLIDWORKS PDM Administration tool. The method I find fastest, to access the PDM Administration tool, is to type Admin, in the Windows Start menu and then clicking on the resulting link. Once in…

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Saving a Named BOM for a SOLIDWORKS PDM Workflow

Save Named BOM

A Computed or a SOLIDWORKS BOM, can be saved as a Named BOM. Which can be controlled by a workflow.  Named BOMs can be checked out, modified and checked in. Named BOMs are useful when the BOM contents needs to be managed independently of the…

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Relocating SOLIDWORKS PDM Archive Folders

As your SOLIDWORKS PDM vault is used, and more files are added, and new versions of those files are created, the archives where all of those files are kept will grow significantly.  You may need to move these SOLIDWORKS PDM archive folders around as the…

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