SW2017

Using Dispatch to Move files in a SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional Vault

SOLIDWORKS PDM Dispatch Action is a very powerful, but often overlooked tool in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional, and with PDM 2017, it’s now even more powerful. In previous releases it was only possible to use the Dispatch action to Copy, Delete, or Rename files in the vault. In SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional 2017, the Dispatch action can also be used to move files to a different location in the vault. This Move action will maintain the files history within the vault and will update any files referencing that file with the new folder location. Using the SOLIDWORKS PDM Dispatch Action The Dispatch Action can be triggered manually by a Menu command, during a state transition, during checkout or during add.  The file being Moved/Renamed does not necessarily have to be the file that triggered the Action.  For instance, a dispatch action could be set up to move a PDF export of an approved drawing…

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 Icon Colours

SOLIDWORKS 2017 gives us a splash of colour! SOLIDWORKS 2016 introduced a new vector based icon design and colour scheme designed for 4k monitors. Still many users requested the option to return to the more classic colour scheme. DS SOLIDWORKS listened and now provides us with a splash of colour to give that familiar feel to the UI. To set the icon colours to classic style select Tools > Options > Colors > Classic from the Icon color drop down menu SOLIDWORKS 2017 Resources Access our resources page to get everything you need to learn what’s new in SOLIDWORKS 2017; including tech tips, demonstrations, and upcoming product webinars. WHAT’S NEW RESOURCES

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SOLIDWORKS Spell Check can utilize the Microsoft Word dictionary & F7 shortcut

If you have a compatible version of Microsoft Word installed on your machine alongside SOLIDWORKS (see the Microsoft Products table in the SOLIDWORKS System Requirements), you have access to SOLIDWORKS Spell Check to find any spelling mistakes in your notes or dimensions with text. NOTE: SOLIDWORKS won’t check the spelling in your drawing Title Block, unless you are in Edit Sheet Format mode. The Spell Check can be found under Tools > Spelling, but just remember to hit the F7 key as a shortcut when you’re reviewing your finished drawing.  This launches the Spell Check similar to Word.  It’s actually using the Microsoft Word standard dictionary as well as the swengineering.dic dictionary (found under C:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp\SOLIDWORKS\lang\english). Be sure to look through the Suggestions before applying the Change.   Note that Spell Check is only available in English.  Also SOLIDWORKS will not check words found in tables, notes linked to properties, or…

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 has increased Feature Pattern performance

SOLIDWORKS 2017 Feature Pattern Performance

SOLIDWORKS 2017 has increased Feature Pattern performance! Linear pattern feature performance is improved for SOLIDWORKS 2017, especially when the number of instances is large. In SOLIDWORKS 2016 and prior releases the Pattern Feature takes in some cases over 30% longer to rebuild. This performance boost holds true even for seed features such as extrude boss/cut with simple circular or rectangular profiles. SOLIDWORKS 2017 Resources Access our resources page to get everything you need to learn what’s new in SOLIDWORKS 2017; including tech tips, demonstrations, and upcoming product webinars. WHAT’S NEW RESOURCES

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Linking a Note to a Table/BOM Cell in SOLIDWORKS 2017

We all know that notes are an important part of any engineering drawing and help to transfer vital information. One of the problems when dealing with drawings is to keep these notes up to date. The best solution for that problem is to automate the process and ask the software to take care of maintaining them. That is what SOLIDWORKS keeps doing every year. For example, last year SOLIDWORKS added the functionality to link a Note to a Balloon using Flag Notes. Now in SOLIDWORKS 2017, they improved the Note tool again and this time you can link a note to a BOM or hole table cell. How to Link a Note to a Table Cell As I mentioned you can link a note to the contents of any BOM or hole table cell. To do so first you need to insert a Note in your drawing with a table….

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How to Window Select Instances to Skip with a SOLIDWORKS Fill Pattern

SOLIDWORKS Fill Pattern

SOLIDWORKS 2017 gives you the ability to window select instances to skip in patterns! Have you ever had a component with a large pattern? A pattern you had to painfully remove a great number of instances from? Now with SOLIDWORKS 2017 this is a painless process! You can now window select and lasso select instances to skip in patterns. SOLIDWORKS 2017 Resources Access our resources page to get everything you need to learn what’s new in SOLIDWORKS 2017; including tech tips, demonstrations, and upcoming product webinars. WHAT’S NEW RESOURCES

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 Normal Cut Optimize Geometry for Sheet Metal

SOLIDWORKS 2017 provides optimized cuts through complex sheet metal parts! Cuts through thick walled sheet metal could sometimes give unexpected results. But a new option to ‘Optimize Geometry’ helps avoid problematic shapes when cutting through angled or curved faces. SOLIDWORKS 2017 Resources Access our resources page to get everything you need to learn what’s new in SOLIDWORKS 2017; including tech tips, demonstrations, and upcoming product webinars. WHAT’S NEW RESOURCES

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SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional Replicate Database is new for 2017

Starting with the 2017 release of SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional, administrators can now take advantage of the “AlwaysOn Availability Groups” or AOAG in Microsoft SQL Enterprise edition.  This will allow for replication of the vault database to multiple locations. Previously, replication in PDM was available for Archives only.  This functionality allowed the actual files themselves to be replicated to additional Archive servers in different locations that the users could then connect to. Archive Replication Limitations As an example, if a company has a headquarters in Toronto, and design teams in Vancouver, Los Angeles, Munich and Guangzhou, a replicated Archive server should be set up in each location so that when users “Get” files or “Check In” files, the files are moving across their local network, instead of all that data needing to be sent from a continent away with each action. However, until now, all of the locations still had to communicate with the Microsoft SQL Database…

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