Definition : Only an object explicitly assigned Check Out or New Release will be checked out. The configurations referring to the checked out object will be locked. Other users cannot checkout the locked configurations but can only copy them.
Example : A solidworks part with 2 configurations – “Default” and “Flat_pattern” is in released state. “joe” needs to modify the part.
1. Login as user “joe”
2. In the “new release” lifecycle screen below, on clicking OK, Default configuration will be “new released” and flat_pattern will be copied. (see fig.1)
3. When user “ann” wants to make changes to “Flat_pattern” configuration – the option to check-out will be grayed out. “ann” can still copy the part. (see fig.2)
The “Lock” option gives “joe” total control on his part and its configurations until he performs “check-in” or “release” operation.