SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard

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

Setting Up a SOLIDWORKS PDM Test Environment for a New Major Release

When there is a new release of SOLIDWORKS PDM, it is wise to first test the upgrade so that you can identify and address any problems, before updating your production vault. SOLIDWORKS PDM uses the SolidNetWork License Manager (SNL) and this needs to first be…

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How to add a Zoom To Fit command to the SOLIDWORKS PDM Convert Task

Zoom To Fit command applied to the screen

The SOLIDWORKS PDM convert task, opens the model, and completes a save as PDF.  If the last save of the model was zoomed out, it can result in an excess of empty space, as shown in the example below: With a small edit to the…

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How to prevent transition actions from selecting all child references in SOLIDWORKS PDM – Updated

SOLIDWORKS PDM transition actions

By default when SOLIDWORKS PDM transition actions complete a change state operation on a file, all the referenced files will be selected to transition: You can de-select any files to exclude them from the transition. Some users like the files selected by default, as it…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard Client Installation

The SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard installation consists of three components, SQL Express, PDM Server and the SOLIDWORKS PDM Clients. In this post we will cover a SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard Client Installation. The SQL Express and PDM Server installation were covered in a previous post. Installing the PDM…

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While navigating in SOLIDWORKS PDM Vault View my Mouse Pointer Jumps around?

If the mouse pointer jumps around when navigating through folders in SOLIDWORKS PDM vault view, you can deselect the option to snap in mouse properties. When the option is selected, the pointer will jump from the folder or file you click on to an ambiguous…

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How to Share a SOLIDWORKS PDM Vault View

When creating a new SOLIDWORKS PDM Vault View, we have two options for Attach type; Only for me For all users on this computer Or if creating using the SOLIDWORKS PDM Administration Tool; which is essentially the same options, but we can choose either Yes…

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Using SOLIDWORKS PDM from home during COVID-19 shutdowns

Using SOLIDWORKS PDM remotely

This using SOLIDWORKS PDM remotely article is part of a series aimed at helping you to continue working during the impacts caused by COVID-19. For more information related to SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software licensing options during this time, please see the comprehensive article from my…

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How to shrink the SOLIDWORKS PDM SQL Transaction Log

SOLIDWORKS PDM Transaction Log

Within Microsoft SQL, every SOLIDWORKS PDM vault database has a transaction log associated with it that records the modifications to the database.  In some scenarios, if this log grows large it can cause performance issues within SQL and the vault.  If you’ve recently changed the…

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SOLIDWORKS Professional Package builds better teamwork and efficiency into the design-to-manufacturing process

SOLIDWORKS Professional Package

When it comes to a manufactured part or product, a great idea has to be clearly communicated, thoroughly understood, clearly evaluated and discussed, improved upon and, ultimately, turned into something tangible: a finished product that does what it’s supposed to do, and does it well….

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