SOLIDWORKS: PDM 101 – File Types and Duplicate File Control

An often overlooked area of SOLIDWORKS PDM is the File Type options found in the admin tool. These options allow you to control how duplicate files are handled in your vault. You can disallow all duplicates or only include certain file types. There are a couple other settings, but those are only required if you use items or if your drawing previews need troubleshooting. The main reason for opening file types is to configure duplicate file rules. Before we dive into what you can do with files types, let’s talk about what is under the File Types node. The list that you see in the image below will be different […]

SOLIDWORKS PDM 101: Content Search – Explore Inside Your Files

Content search is a feature that has been available in SOLIDWORKS PDM for many years. It was on a brief hiatus when Windows Server dropped support for the key feature that made content search possible. Well, its back with Windows Server 2012 and SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional! If you are new to content search, this feature allows your PDM users to search within the text of files stored in the system. For example, if you search for the phrase “Critical Change”, all files with that text anywhere in the document will be returned. This can be very useful if you have a lot of files that do not have metadata to […]

DriveWorks – Using Character Codes to Jazz up your SOLIDWORKS Annotations

DriveWorks is the design automation tool for companies that engineer to order. Using DriveWorks we can create infinite variations of your product in a fraction of the time done manually. Leveraging DriveWorks to generate drawings is one of the many advantages design automation brings to the table. DriveWorks allows you to adjust your drawing sheets, views, and annotations to fit your new designs. Things like scale, dimension positions, and even annotation text can updated based on the changes to the model. One feature that is often overlooked is the ability to have dynamic notes on your print. You can take information gathered from driveworks and pass it along to the […]

Moving from DriveWorks Xpress to DriveWorks Solo

DriveWorks Xpress is the design automation tool included with every seat of SOLIDWORKS. The Xpress edition allows you to get to know this easy to use tool, but is limited to only a portion of what is possible in the world of knowledge based engineering. If you want dynamic forms that you can customize to fit your projects requirements, If you need access to more functions to allow you to write more complex rules, If you need more control over your models and drawings, you will want to check out DriveWorks Solo – the automation tool for companies that engineer-to-order. You can even try it out using the 30-day free […]

How To: Set Default Values on Enterprise PDM Search Cards

Search is easily the most used feature in Enterprise PDM. Would you like to save your users time and effort finding the files they need? Try adding default values to your search cards to make searching easier. Here is how to do it 1. Open the search card in the card editor 2. Identify the variables (search fields) you want to set – Notice that you can't set a default value in the property pane like you can in all other card types 3. Open the "Default Values" command from the "Card" menu 4. Set your defaults It is just that easy. Here is a list of commonly used default values: […]

How to: Generate a PDF during a Release Process using WorkFlow in ePDM

Generating PDFs for SolidWorks drawings is a common request by our customers. Here is a step-by-step process to add this to your workflow in Enterprise PDM. By following these steps, you can produce secure, flat files that can be shared with users via email or in other departments. You can also speed up design time by eliminating the manual process of saving out multiple file types. You can use this same process to automatically create step files, IGES, Parasolids, pretty much any file type you can “save-as” out to SolidWorks. If you need more assistance or have questions, please contact Inflow Technology Support at 888-285-2285 or at support@inflow-tech.com Ryan Dally […]

EPDM Tips and Tricks – Add Custom Properties to Your Dialog Boxes

Ever wanted to get more glance-able information in your Check-In/Check-Out dialog boxes? How about your Contains Tab? Well, you can now add custom Column to these areas of your vault interface. Step 1. Right Click on the column header in the dialog screen and select “More” from the fly-out menu. Step 2. Select the columns to display in the file listing Step 3. Enjoy your new information, now available outside of the data card. More to know You can reposition the new column after it has been added. Just drag and drop. The added columns are for your machine only. Every user can have their own personalized column set. You […]

Design Automation with DriveWorks for SolidWorks – Rule Spotlight – The IF Statement

DriveWorks is the design automation tool for companies that engineer to order. Using DriveWorks we can create infinite variations of your product in a fraction of the time done manually. DriveWorks does this though it's easy to learn rules engine. What is a rule? A rule is a formula used to control the value of the item to which it is attached, e.g. a dimension of a feature, or the name of a drawing. Today we will showcase a particular rule we can use to drive our models. Rule Spotlight – The IF Statement The IF statement is one of the most frequently used rules in DriveWorks. It allows us […]

ePDM Tips and Tricks: Update References Tool

One of the benefits of EPDM is that it takes over responsibility for managing file references. Once you have files in EPDM and linked, you will not have to worry about the references again. If you bring files into EPDM with broken references, you need to use the Update References Tool. User Interface The Update Reference Tool is a handy tool for cleaning up broken references on files as you bring them into EPDM. Before we get into the nuts and bolts of how we can use this tool, a word of warning: If you check in a file with broken references, those files will be removed from the reference tree. So, if you want to […]

DriveWorks World June 2012

DriveWorks, the premiere design automation tool for SolidWorks, has just wrapped up their summer conference held near their headquarters in Cheshire, England. The week long event started off with certification in both the solo and pro editions of the software. The entire DriveWorks' team was on hand to answer questions and show even veteran users new ways of bringing their ideas to life. Once the certifications were complete, the users were treated to breakout sessions covering the advanced features found in the pro edition. Topics included: Modeling techniques; Advanced Form Controls; Using Specification Flow; 3D Works; Modifing web themes; introduction to DriveWorks API. The days were packed with loads of […]