SOLIDWORKS PDM

SOLIDWORKS PDM Reorganize Index Process

EPDM Reorganize

SOLIDWORKS PDM Reorganize Index or Rebuild can increase performance on a fragmented database. If fragmentation is between 10 – 30% then Reorganize is recommended, when above 30% a Rebuild would be best. For fragmentation values lower than 10%, or for smaller databases, Reorganize and Rebuild may not increase performance. The SOLIDWORKS Knowledge Base article S-061702 offers a query to find…

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SOLIDWORKS Manage 2019 Update PDM Variables

In SOLIDWORKS Manage 2019, we can update PDM variables within Manage, giving us full control of our documents in one place. How to update SOLIDWORKS Manage PDM Variables Start Manage and open the Administration Options… Structures > Documents & Records Select the PDM Object > Edit From the SOLIDWORKS PDM Configuration Wizard select the Fields screen Select the Field…

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How to create SOLIDWORKS PDM Custom Explorer Views

SOLIDWORKS PDM Custom Explorer Views

Did you know that you can build  SOLIDWORKS PDM Custom Explorer Views with additional columns based on variables within the vault? This is a useful tool, as it allows users to obtain specific information about a file at a glance without having to open the file[s] or select the data card tab. This feature can…

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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 entered; there is one limitation that needs to be understood.…

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Accessing the SOLIDWORKS PDM Local Vault View from the Windows 10 Taskbar

Accessing SOLIDWORKS PDM Local Vault View

Recently I was asked how to add a SOLIDWORKS PDM Vault View shortcut, to the Windows Taskbar. I was told that in previous Windows releases, this was possible. I did some research and found that this was never possible; in previous releases of Windows, but it was possible in the first preview of Windows 10.…

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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 each option… Allow duplicate file names in this file vault…

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How to prevent broken references being checked into a SOLIDWORKS PDM Vault

Nobody enjoys being greeted by this error message when opening an assembly in SOLIDWORKS. It usually means there’s a broken reference… Yup definitely broken. Within a SOLIDWORKS PDM environment this can happen when migrating files via explorer into the vault.  When dragged into the vault, no reference are evaluated.  This allows you to add files…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM Task Input Card

SOLIDWORKS PDM Task Input Card

When creating or editing a SOLIDWORKS PDM Task, you can specify a Data Card that will be presented when the Task is launched. When the Task is launched, a user will be presented with the specified data card. At this point a user can enter the required information into the Data Card. Note: The Convert and…

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