Working With PDM Templates

With the retirement of SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM, it’s time for users to move to a new product data management solution: SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional or SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard. To help you understand more about the solutions, we have several webcasts on the CATI YouTube channel showing different features about SOLIDWORKS PDM. Additionally, you can check out another blog post about what makes PDM Standard such an attractive solution. Some of my favorite SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional features include: Automated Tasks Automatically convert SOLIDWORKS drawings […]

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InPOD Message Board

Have you ever wanted to share your thoughts on the best up-and-coming podcast ever? Maybe you want to suggest topics that you want to learn more about? Well, now you can! I’ve been hosting InFlow’s new podcast, InPOD for the past few months and the feedback has been fantastic. But I want to hear from all of you! That’s why I’m creating this post as a the official InPOD Message Board. Here, you can comment and leave your thoughts, opinions, […]

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Formatting Text with DriveWorks

Pop quiz: Jenny just gave you her phone number, which way is easier to read? (555) 867-5309 or 5558675309? If you want any way of remembering this, you probably said the first option (or just remembered the song). So how does this work with DriveWorks? You probably don’t need an easy way of remembering numbers, but ERP systems need properly formatted data. I’ve written before about how DriveWorks can integrate with other systems. So today, let’s talk about formatting text […]

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Copy Tree and Move Tree: SOLIDWORKS PDM

What Does This Do? Copy Tree vs Move Tree Welcome to part 3 of our “What Does This Do?” series. Last week, we covered Branch and Merge and how to use those tools. This week, we’re going to take a look at another feature named for trees, Copy Tree and Move Tree. These two tools are pretty self-explanatory for their purpose. One makes a copy and one moves the files. However, I want to talk about some of the features […]

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Branch and Merge: SOLIDWORKS PDM

Last week, we covered the first topic in our “What does this do?” series – Delete versus Destroy. This week, let’s tackle another function that you might not be familiar with – Branch and Merge. The Branch and Merge features came out a few years back and to say it’s a game changer is an understatement. Anybody that has ever done prototyping can attest to that. The SOLIDWORKS PDM Branch and Merge features make it quick and easy to test […]

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Delete or Destroy: SOLIDWORKS PDM

There’s a commercial that used to play all the time. It wasn’t long ago, probably within the past year. The essence of the commercial is that you wouldn’t take your child on a space mission with you because he/she will just click every button. Can you imagine the never ending question, “what does this do?” Well when people start using SOLIDWORKS PDM for the first time, that tends to be the first question our of their mouth. This week, we’re […]

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Everything You Need to Know: DriveWorks Professional

We’ve reached the final post in our Everything You Need to Know: DriveWorks series. This week, we’re tackling the final edition, DriveWorks Professional. Using this tool, you have more flexibility than ever before. Now, you can connect to external databases, such as SQL or Access. Additionally, you can share your work with other people, both inside and outside of your company. DriveWorks Professional builds on what you had with Xpress and Solo, taking your design automation to the next level. […]

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Everything You Need To Know: DriveWorksXpress

Last week, I wrote an article about how you can save money using PDM Standard – a free tool. This week, I’m going to cover another great (and free) tool that is part of any SOLIDWORKS license. DriveWorksXpress is a free, design automation software that can speed up your design process. Whether you’re creating a simple, five feature model or a complex assembly, DriveWorksXpress can benefit virtually anybody. For a simple model, you can quickly automate your designs and get […]

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How Can You Save Money with PDM Standard?

Saving Money with PDM Standard What is PDM Standard? PDM Standard is a free tool that exists within any SOLIDWORKS Professional or SOLIDWORKS Premium license. This means that if you have at least SOLIDWORKS Professional today, then you can start using PDM Standard as well. Obviously, there are tremendous benefits to using a PDM system. And having access to a free tool right now makes this avenue appealing for many people. Today, let me walk you through how you can […]

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Integration Theme – Embed DriveWorks On Your Website

Where would we be without the Internet? No seriously, I can’t imagine what it’s like to not have it because I’ve grown up in this Internet age. It’s easy to take it for granted and not think about life without it. So when I go onto a site like Nike and configure my new running shoes, that’s all I’ve ever known. Putting aside how much I love my new shoes, there’s a lot of power in being able to give […]

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