Dispatch Check In Trigger Doesn’t Work!

PDM Enterprise comes equipped with a lot of tools to help you with automating your day-to-day routines. One of the most expansive tools is the SolidWorks PDM Enterprise Dispatch Add-In which allows you to set up custom programming without necessarily have any programming experience! That’s great!… until something doesn’t work how you think it should. One of the problems that I’m referencing is the Dispatch trigger to run a Dispatch action when a file is either checked out, checked in or the checkout is undone. Here’s what’s happening — Check Out: When a file is checked in to the PDM Enterprise vault, it is locked down and not available for […]

Double Clicking on a SolidWorks File Doesn’t Do Anything!

Have you ever double clicked on one of your SolidWorks files, fully expecting it to open in SolidWorks for you to modify to your heart’s desire, but instead your PC simply sits there… doing nothing…. laughing at you? Well maybe not laughing at you, but it sure feels like it is! We’ve come across this problem ourselves and although there are quite a few reasons for something like this to happen, there is one possibility that many might not have thought of. That possibility is that you actually told SolidWorks not to open your files ever again! Yes, it’s true. It’s called “Don’t ask me again”. You may see this […]

Linking Your SolidWorks PDM Enterprise Data Card Values to Microsoft Word and Excel Documents

One of the most common practices, yet least documented, capabilities of SolidWorks PDM Enterprise is the ability to link a wide variety of documents to variable values defined in your company’s customized data cards. Considering the lack of information on how to thoroughly do so with Microsoft Office documents such as Microsoft Word or Microsoft Excel, I have decided post this step-by-step process of automatically linking your properties inside of Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel to the data cards that control them. Microsoft Excel Document: Here is a simple layout of how the linking process works with an Excel document. The process is almost identical when linking an EPDM variable […]

Linking Your SolidWorks PDM Enterprise Data Card Values to Microsoft Word and Excel Documents

One of the most common practices, yet least documented, capabilities of SolidWorks PDM Enterprise is the ability to link a wide variety of documents to variable values defined in your company’s customized data cards. Considering the lack of information on how to thoroughly do so with Microsoft Office documents such as Microsoft Word or Microsoft Excel, I have decided post this step-by-step process of automatically linking your properties inside of Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel to the data cards that control them. Microsoft Excel Document: Here is a simple layout of how the linking process works with an Excel document. The process is almost identical when linking an EPDM variable […]

Blank Drawing Data Cards????

Having issues getting information into a drawing data card even though the titleblock is filled out and the part data card is completely filled out? Well PDMWorks Enterprise 2008 has the answer. Just follow these steps: Create an additional block/attribute mapping for just the drawing extension (slddrw). Use the block name “$PRPSHEET” (note that it must be spelled with capital letters) and the attribute name should be the property you want to retrieve from the model, for example “Description”. Note to keep the existing description custom property mapping for the drawing as well. (i.e. CustomProperty/Description). NOTES • The PDMWorks Enterprise SolidWorks add-in must be enabled. • The linked properties will […]