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SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional Resources including technical tips and tutorials for users and administrators

3 Reasons for Upgrading SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard to Professional

SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard vs Professional

With fast-moving projects and complex designs, data management is extremely important in any environment.  A primary goal of a data management solution is to keep the designers designing and let the data management system handle all the tedious tasks of updating values, tracking file history and revision management.  SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard is a great tool…

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How to update Values in Files located in your SOLIDWORKS PDM Vault

The SOLIDWORKS PDM Local Vault View tool: Modify > Update > Values in Files, is a great tool for copying variable values, from a Folder Data Card, to Files. This tool will copy specified Variable values in a folder, to corresponding variables of selected files. As noted, this tool is available in the PDM Local…

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Creating and using SOLIDWORKS PDM Labels

SOLIDWORKS PDM Labels are used to add a note to a version of a file. Once added, Labels can be used in searches, as well as adding information to a file’s History. Labels in many ways perform the same functions as Version Comments, but unlike a version comment, a Label can be added without creating…

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Important SOLIDWORKS PDM Web2 System Maintenance

SOLIDWORKS PDM Web2 System Maintenance

I had a support case recently where the SOLIDWORKS PDM Server hard drives were at critical levels and the culprit was the Web2 portal.  To prevent this from happening to any Web2 users, there’s Important SOLIDWORKS PDM Web2 System Maintenance that must be completed to clear space as the Web2 system folders will continue to…

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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 the difference.  The purpose of this article is to act…

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Streamlining product development with SOLIDWORKS PDM Automated Workflow

SOLIDWORKS PDM Automated Workflow

Every manufacturer has its own distinct business processes for developing products, which an effective PDM system can help to automate. Specific protocols for handling design reviews, issuing release-for-production approvals, and processing engineering change orders (ECOs) are examples of the important business processes that constitute a product development organization’s “workflow.” Learn about effective workflow from SOLIDWORKS PDM Expert Scott Ellery…

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Why Product Data Management?

Why Product Data Management

Most product developers know that implementing modern computer-aided design (CAD) tools not only improves productivity, but also helps achieve their goals of accelerating time-to-market, shortening design cycles, reducing development costs, and improving product quality. From the earliest application of 2D design tools to the growing use of 3D solid modeling systems, CAD technology has made…

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Setting SOLIDWORKS PDM Microsoft SQL Server to use a Static Port

Microsoft SQL Server Static Port

For users to be able to log into SOLIDWORKS PDM they must be able to connect to the Microsoft SQL Server that is hosting the database. By default Microsoft SQL Server Standard will communicate on port number 1433, so generally all that might be needed is to add a firewall exception for that port number…

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