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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Bulk add variables – SOLIDWORK PDM Pro Vault

If you have ever taken the SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional administration class, you know that in the very first lesson, SOLIDWORKS recommends that you make a nice, little chart pre-planning your variables. You are supposed to make a list of variables, the variable types and some notes on how that variable should be used. This certainly is a good idea. Good planning makes a good vault. You’re proud of your list. Lots of variables. Lots of time putting it all together… […]

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You have reached the end of the revision list?

In SOLIDWORKS PDM, if you choose to assign your revision number component with a value from a list, you have three options of what you want PDM to do when a user has reached the end of the revision list. My old standby joke here is to “Refuse the operation” and send an e-mail to human resources, because if someone that makes that many revisions to a file, they should be fired. That joke is fourteen years old. It has […]

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New Podcast from InFlow – InPOD

I don’t know about all of you, but I spend a lot of time listening to podcasts. I’m a big sports fan, so a lot of what I listen to is about my favorite teams. I was also introduced to a history podcast that I’m a little surprised at how much I like it. One thing every podcast I listen to does for me is that it teaches me something. Now does information about my favorite football team impact me […]

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Automatically Update Database Information

DriveWorks Pro, with all its modules, is an insanely robust and flexible system with what seems to be unlimited potential. One practice commonly used in the application is the ability to connect to outside systems, such as SQL, SAP, Oracle, or almost any other system that you can imagine. Initially getting the data out of those applications and into DriveWorks is relatively simple. But one question that we often hear is, “How can we trigger the database updates to show […]

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Importing Files with Pre-Existing Revisions into a PDM Standard Vault

Introduction If you’ve ever tried to put a file with a pre-existing revision into a PDM Standard vault, you may be familiar with the following scenario: 1. LegacyPart.SLDPRT is at revision “C” and needs to be moved from the folder on your Desktop into your PDM vault Custom Properties for LegacyPart.SLDPRT 2. You save LegacyPart.SLDPRT into the vault and the revision is set to “C” on the data card (so far so good) Data card for LegacyPart.SLDPRT after initial check […]

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Update Version-Free Variables in SOLIDWORKS PDM

The tools that we have at InFlow Technology are second to none. I’ve done posts before about our PigeonHole and PDMSave tools. Additionally, we have great tools like Convert and our Productivity Pack. Now, I want to introduce you to a tool that has flown under-the-radar so far: our Version-Free Property Updater. With the Version-Free Property Updater, you can quickly and efficiently update a list of version-free variables within SOLIDWORKS PDM. How do we update those variables today? I’m glad […]

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Pre-Release vs Post-Release Revision Schemes in SOLIDWORKS PDM

Introduction When should you increment a file revision in a release cycle? It’s a common debate that takes place when configuring workflows in SOLIDWORKS PDM. Should you do it before you start modifying the file to represent the new release? Or should it be after, to represent the completed work and the transition to a released state? The answer: you can do it whichever way makes more sense to you. However, be sure to consider the drawbacks to each approach […]

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12 Days of InFlow – Task Assignments

  With Santa and his design team fully adopting SOLIDWORKS Manage for their advanced product data management needs, we decided to showcase one last Manage feature. This feature makes life easier at the North Pole. In this post, we will look at how to creating and assigning tasks in SOLIDWORKS Manage. Tasks are a building block to the SOLIDWORKS Manage system. They can be created automatically when we create project templates or start a new process, but what if we […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Defining Child Reference State Conditions – #SW2020

When using SOLIDWORKS PDM it is important to release components in the appropriate order. PDM users learn that releasing a parent file before its children will result in the parent file referencing an earlier version of its children. In other words, the result can be a discrepancy between the “as built” and “latest” version of a parent assemblies’ references. In PDM 2020 the transition of a parent file can be prevented unless its immediate children meet conditions. It is now […]

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