DriveWorks Best Practice: Renaming SOLIDWORKS Files

When working on a new or existing DriveWorks project, SOLIDWORKS practices need to be considered as well. Unfortunately not everything can be fully determined prior to setting everything up, so changes are bound to happen, such as renaming SOLIDWORKS parts, assemblies or drawings. Below is an outline that will allow you to rename your parts and assemblies without losing any information that was created or captured. Before we begin, make sure that SOLIDWORKS has the ability to rename parts from within the feature tree by enabling Tools > Options > System Options > FeatureManager > Allow component files to be renamed from FeatureManager tree. A full link to the instructions for renaming SOLIDWORKS files can be found here. http://help.solidworks.com/2017/english/solidworks/sldworks/HIDD_RENAME_COMP.htm […]

SOLIDWORKS World 2018 Recap: The Future of PLM and Beyond

At SOLIDWORKS World 2012 in San Diego, California, Vice Chairman and CEO of Dassault Systems, Bernard Charles, introduced the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to the SOLIDWORKS community. Bernard explained the concept as “beyond PLM” connecting companies, users, and processes. The idea was introduced as a simple compass that represented the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. Over the next 6 years, the SOLIDWORKS community has been slowly introduced to details about the platform, further explaining the vision of the 3DEXPERIENCE. This year at SOLIDOWKRS World 2018 was no exception. The introduction of SOLIDWORKS 3DEXPERIENCE PLM Services on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform was unveiled by Milos Zupanski, Director or Product Portfolio Management, in one if the keynote presentations […]

DRIVEWORKS 15 SP2 IS NOW AVAILABLE!

As of November 11th, 2017, DriveWorks 15 sp2 is now officially available from the DriveWorks website! This release comes with many new updates and enhancements such as; Child Specification filters! The ability to use the Exact Number function in your rules! DriveWorks Live performance enhancements! DriveWorks Live security enhancements! and many more! Customers with a current subscription can download the software and view all of the release notes at https://hub.driveworks.co.uk/software/driveworks-pro/ or https://hub.driveworks.co.uk/software/driveworks-solo/. For information about the installation and upgrade process check out the help documents at http://docs.driveworkspro.com/Topic/Installation and http://help.driveworkssolo.com/Topic/Installation. If you have any questions, please feel free to comment below or contact your local value added reseller for assistance! Derek […]

SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional Productivity Pack – PDM Folder Permission Manager Review

Last year the InFlow team announced the development of the PDM Productivity Pack. This set of tools has been developed to enhance the capabilities of PDM Professional administrators, in any organization. The PDM Productivity Pack contains a set of utilities that have been developed by our team of PDM experts. The PDM Productivity Pack includes the following utilities; Advanced Notification, File Move Tool, BOM Export, Set Revision Add-in, Property Updater, and Folder Permission Manager. In this post, we will take a quick look at the powerful “Folder Permission Manager”. Have you ever tried setting folder permissions on a large set of PDM folders? Or my favorite; setting up an entire […]

Solidworks PDM Local View Basics and Troubleshooting

There are some Unique aspects to Solidworks PDM in respect to other common software applications.  One of those unique aspects is the “Local View”.  This is written especially for those of you that are either new users of Solidworks PDM or responsible for installations or administration. What Is a Solidworks PDM Local View? Your Solidworks PDM Local View is an application mechanic that is rather unique compared to most applications. After the Solidworks PDM application is installed there is an additional utility called a “view setup” that must be run for the user to access files in a vault. Since vaults are singularly controlled entities, each vault will require its […]

DRIVEWORKS 15 SP1 NOW AVAILABLE

We are pleased to announce the official release of DriveWorks 15 sp1! This release comes with many new updates and enhancements such as; Pack and Go will now copy specifications reports and re-reference included specifications! Better performance with high resolution (4K) monitors! Better control of in-context references! Updating group tables using an array are done in real time! Enhanced DriveWorks Pro Server connectivity handling! and many more! Customers with a current description can download the software and view all of the release notes here or view all the notes here (UK). For information about the installation and upgrade process check out the help documents here and more help documents here. If […]

SOLIDWORKS: Help!!! I Have Cyclic PDM References

I have seen, on more than one occasion, an assembly that has multiple cyclic references in an assembly. Now, I totally understand that when you’re under a deadline, it may save time initially to just copy a part to use for another assembly as opposed to searching your vault, especially if you have a large data set that can take a considerable amount of time, also assuming the description is incorrect, etc. However, as previously noted, while you may be saving time initially, the implications to having duplicate parts can be astronomic, several versions down the road, especially if the assembly is to be used in multiple other upper level […]

Computer Aided Technology 2017 Product Development Forum

It’s that time of year again! Computer Aided Technology, InFlow Technology and MCAD will be hosting our annual Product Development Forum and this time we will also be celebrating our 25th anniversary! During our forums we will have raffles and prizes, live Stratasys 3D printing and Creaform 3D Scanning demonstrations, model mania contests and “Ask an Expert” sessions. Our presentations will be covering a wide range of topics including: 30 Things You Definitely Missed In SOLIDWORKS Essentials Training Gain some insight into the glossed over, rarely hit, or just plain missing essentials. With the amount of material covered in the essentials class, there is no way to possibly cover it […]

DriveWorks 15 Now Available

We are proud to announce that DriveWorks 15 Pro and Solo are now officially available to download from the DriveWorks website. If you are not registered on the site already, let your reseller know and they should be able to send the new installation files over. Each reseller should have a copy of their customers new DriveWorks 15 license codes, so make sure that you request those as well! Below are some of the new features and frequently asked questions provided by the DriveWorks team relating to the new release: We have singled out a few of the enhancements / new features below: • Getting Started – Enhanced Installer and […]

SOLIDWORKS: Administrative Image Installation Troubleshooting

Utilizing administrative image installation for a system administrator can allow you to customize multiple installations and deploy the installation to all clients with one command, which allows all users to have the same install and setup. This can make the admin install process significantly easier and provide uniformity throughout the company. However, as you can imagine, there are several steps that need to be perfected for this process to work and to be deployed to all users. In the unlikely event that you encounter a snag while doing your own administrative image installation, here are a few recommended decisions to help get you and your team back up and running quicker. Decision Tree: […]