SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard

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

SOLIDWORKS PDM Permission Assignments Tool

If you’ve had the honor of being named the local vault administrator then it’s extremely likely that someone has approached you regarding their SOLIDWORKS PDM Permission Assignments: “I need to be able to <Fill in the blank>, but I can’t.  <Random Name> can, but I’m not allowed.  Why is life so unfair?” Previously as a…
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SOLIDWORKS PDM Error: ‘Failed to extract add-in’

If you’ve recently upgraded to Windows 10 and you’ve received a SOLIDWORKS PDM error: ‘Failed to extract add-in…’ you’re not alone.  This can be caused by the SOLIDWORKS PDM add-in being built with .NET Framework 3.5 and Windows 10 only has .NET Framework 4.5 enabled by default. How to manually enable .NET Framework 3.5 Start > Programs…
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How to create a SOLIDWORKS PDM folder shortcut in Windows 10

A desktop folder shortcut is a useful tool to quickly navigate to a folder you’re frequenting in SOLIDWORKS PDM. How to create a folder shortcut to a vault folder in Windows 10 Navigate into the folder you’d like to create a shortcut to Select the entire folder path then; right-click > Copy Go back to your…
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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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Configuring the SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard Drawing to PDF Convert Task

In SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard, PDF Convert Task can now be created to convert SOLIDWORKS Drawings to PDFs. Tasks are created through the SOLIDWORKS PDM Administration, by accessing the Task node. The Task node will contain the Task List, which can used to view the Task status and to manually launch the Task. The Convert Task will…
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Update File Attributes from SOLIDWORKS PDM Database

File attributes from database
To update a file’s Custom Properties with the corresponding variable values in the SOLIDWORKS PDM Vault Database, select one or more files from within the PDM Local Vault View, then from the Modify pull-down select Modify > Update > File Attributes from Database.  
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Converting a SOLIDWORKS Drawing to a PDF in SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard

New in SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard 2018, is the ability to run Convert to PDF on SOLIDWORKS Drawings. This is enabled through PDM Tasks. Tasks are used to automate procedures, that are performed regularly. The Convert Task in SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard, automates the process of creating PDFs of SOLIDWORKS Drawings. This Task uses the same mechanics…
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What is the SOLIDWORKS PDM Message: ‘Enter a valid account for this resource’?

SOLIDWORKS PDM Login
When using the View Setup utility to create a local vault view, the first thing you will be asked to do is select the name of the PDM Archive Server hosting the vault you want to attach to.  When you check the box beside that server name though, you MAY encounter a security screen asking…
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