Comparing SolidWorks PDM Professional & Standard against SolidWorks Manage

SolidWorks PDM has been on the market for a number of years now; its capabilities and functionalities are well known throughout the country. But what about SolidWorks Manage? Do you know what it is? what it does? or how it can help bridge some functionality gaps in existing systems? Today, SolidWorks PDM is a powerful data management solution for most of our customers. However, if you are looking for added capability such as intuitive dashboards, advanced bill of materials, project/process […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Warning Users When Transitioning Files – #SW2020

Do you use SOLIDWORKS PDM workflows to submit files for approval? Are you kept up at night by the thought of sending a file through the workflow transition without first selecting the team member who must approve the file? Fear no more! New functionality in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2020 now displays a warning if you try to transition a file through a workflow transition without selecting a recipient. SOLIDWORKS workflows can be used to notify team members when a file changes […]

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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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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – You’ll get 2020 vision into your vault with the new PDM Searches

PDM Pro and Standard got a significant search feature boost in the 2020 release. The ability to search across multiple variables at once in edit boxes “AND”, “OR” and “NOT” Operators Quick search from within Windows Explorer – you don’t have to use search cards anymore The ability to search across multiple variables at once When editing a search card, there is a new property for Edit boxes: “Multi-variable”. When you check that option the variable drop list changes to […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Quick Search and Re-Ordering Search Columns

One of the best parts of the SolidWorks PDM interface is its integration into Windows Explorer. Users who are familiar with the Windows interface can intuitively browse the PDM vault without need for extensive training on specific systems and interfaces. However, the search functionality has always been one area where the comparison has not been totally apples to apples. Search Cards in PDM are robust and detailed, but for users less familiar with data cards and variables they can seem […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Logging out of PDM from Windows Explorer – #SW2020

How familiar is this scenario? You are going about your workday, using SOLIDWORKS PDM to help you with your productivity, when you get that frantic call from a co-worker: “I need to get into PDM ASAP, but there aren’t any available licenses! I need you to log out so I can get in!” Now, to do that, you have to first remember where that log off menu is located. Once you do, you have to move your mouse all the […]

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Backing up PDM: The Minimum Requirements

Whether it be due to a hard drive failure, a bad rollback, a ransomware attack, or a natural disaster, the need for data recovery is always going to strike, ready or not. Here are some common questions you should be asking about your backups and data recovery plan for SOLIDWORKS PDM: What type of backups do I need? A SOLIDWORKS PDM environment has three major components that work together. Each part Is important to the recovery of the system. PDM […]

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Serial Number Flexibility with PDMSave

The Problem Serial numbers are a very useful tool in PDM. They allow me to sequentially number my parts as I create them, making it easier to keep track of them and ensure they have been numbered correctly. However, I can run into problems if I have multiple projects on my plate. If I want to use different SOLIDWORKS PDM serial numbers to name everything, I run out of options. This is because I can only use one serial number […]

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Smarter PDM Data Cards with PigeonHole 1900

I’m always looking for ways that make my job easier. Whether that is through design automation, with something like DriveWorks, or using PDM to track my revisions for me, I’m all about making things easier on myself. One tool that I can’t believe we don’t talk more about is PigeonHole. How many times have I gone through and tried to create a “smart data card”? How many times have I wanted to make my data cards filter my future selections […]

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PDM Search from the command line

Today I set a goal for myself to figure out a way to search for files in my PDM Pro vault from the command line. It is true that I can start the search tool from the command line. (<install dir>\search.exe), but I wanted something faster. I just want to type the command and a file name, hit enter, and have my file appear in Windows Explorer right before my eyes. I certainly could create an application with Visual Studio, […]

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