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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…

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How to show Material and Mass in a SOLIDWORKS PDM Data Card

SOLIDWORKS PDM Part Data Card

Information about a file can be added and accessed through metadata. In SOLIDWORKS this metadata is referred to as Properties. In SOLIDWORKS PDM, this metadata is contained within Variables. By the use of PDM Attributes, we can map a Variable value to a File Property….

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How to extract configuration specific information to a SOLIDWORKS PDM Data Card

In SOLIDWORKS PDM we can extract configuration specific information from the SOLIDWORKS part or assembly, and map it directly to the data card variable. How to map the configuration name to the PDM data card First, create the Variable to store the information in. Then map…

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How to determine which SOLIDWORKS PDM Variable is connected to a Data Card Control

A quick way of determining which SOLIDWORKS PDM Variable is connected to a Data Card Control, is from within the Local Vault View. With the Data Card Tab selected: Click on the Help Icon, in the top-right of the lower panel. A question mark will…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM Combobox Styles Reference

SOLIDWORKS PDM Combobox Styles

Within the SOLIDWORKS PDM (Data) Card Editor, there are four different Combobox Styles to list data; Combobox Dropdown, Combobox Simple, Combobox Droplist, and a Listbox: I find that I’m always forgetting the difference between them, and it’s not clear from within the editor to see…

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Input Formula aliasing using check boxes in SOLIDWORKS PDM Data Cards

Input Formula in SOLIDWORKS PDM Data Card

Recently a customer inquired about an interesting challenge.  They wanted to control the value of a text field on their SOLIDWORKS PDM Data Card by using a “Checkbox” field.  The idea was to have a checkbox to indicate whether or not the file required approval,…

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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…

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How to set the default SOLIDWORKS PDM search path to be the root folder

SOLIDWORKS PDM default search path

When opening the Complete Search Card from within a vault, the SOLIDWORKS PDM default search path will be the folder in which the search was opened, therefore only searching from that folder down.  As a user, I found that 99.9% of the time, I actually wanted…

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Smart Part numbers are not so smart

SOLIDWORKS Part Number

As a System Architect here at Javelin Technologies, there have been many discussions with SOLIDWORKS users about using Smart part numbers versus sequential part numbers. Smart part numbers contain descriptive and informative details that provide relevant information about the part, such as Commodity Code, options, colour and…

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