SOLIDWORKS PDM

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. Updating the component (part or assembly card) does not update…

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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. There is a way to access the SOLIDWORKS PDM Local Vault…

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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 This is a free-for-all…no limitations.  The vault can have duplicate…

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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 in any order you wish. They key step is the…

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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 Print tasks enabled when the vault is created are not…

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Saving a Named BOM for a SOLIDWORKS PDM Workflow

Save Named BOM

A Computed or a SOLIDWORKS BOM, can be saved as a Named BOM. Which can be controlled by a workflow.  Named BOMs can be checked out, modified and checked in. Named BOMs are useful when the BOM contents needs to be managed independently of the referenced assembly. If there are changes to the assembly, that need to be reflected in the Named BOM, a new…

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Mapping File Card Variables in SOLIDWORKS PDM Tasks

SOLIDWORKS PDM File Card Variables

SOLIDWORKS PDM Tasks are useful tools for automating processes, such as Printing, running the SOLIDWORKS Design Checker and Converting files. In the case of Converting files, there may be File Card Variables in the Source file we would like to map to the Converted file. When creating or editing a Task, this can be done from File Card tab, of the Task Properties dialog box. As well…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM Complete Search Card

Complete Search Card available

‘Out of the box’ SOLIDWORKS PDM contains a Complete Search Card that has many options for search criteria.  For example; Users can search by filename, description, current state, or even so far as text contained inside a document using the “Content” tab.  Basically; this form has an option for pretty much any value you may be looking for within the vault. Some users may find this card overwhelming, therefore…

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