SOLIDWORKS EPDM Administration – Fishing Guides – 2016 Update

It's been said if you give a person a fish you feed them for a day, teach them to fish and you feed them for a lifetime. In this article we'll show you a couple of good fishing holes for EPDM Administration. Last year we started by having you download the Enterprise PDM Product from the Customer Portal. Click "Here" for last years blog. This year some things have changed; First, Enterprise PDM has been given a new name. SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional. A new product SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard has been created as replacement/alternative to the WorkgroupPDM product. Second, the SOLIDWORKS download now includes BOTH of these products and the previous […]

32-bit options for EPDM

Recently Inflow Technology has had a few calls regarding support for Windows OS 32bit. So here is the general information below regarding Dassault Systemes current support for the 32 bit systems out there, and what they plan to do in the future. Currently, DS does support some options for Windows 7 32-bit configurations, but ONLY FOR VIEWER AND CONTRIBUTORS. If the user is an editor, that client machine must be running 64-bit as SolidWorks is only available in 64-bit. It's important to note that this will be the very last version of EPDM that will have any 32-bit support. From 2016 and on there will only be 64-bit versions. That […]

SOLIDWORKS/EPDM 2015 sp4 Missing Add-Ins, Crashing or “GdtAnalysisSupport.dll” Error

SolidWorks is currently investigating multiple reports of three problems , all of which share the same root cause, a conflict with Microsoft KB3072630 ( that was pushed out on July 15th. The problem has been reported to their developers as Software Performance Report SPR 902645 and SolidWorks is working with Microsoft toward a resolution. Note that the issue could manifest itself in the following ways: Add-ins missing after an upgrade of SolidWorks to a newer Service Pack (SP) When launching SolidWorks or opening a file, SW returns the error “Could not load SOLIDWORKS DLL: GdtAnalysisSupport.dll” SolidWorks crash when recording, playing, or editing a SOLIDWORKS® Macro This update makes changes to […]

Enterprise PDM 2015 Shortcut Creates Incomplete Folder Paths – SPR 877773

For any Enterprise PDM users that utilize a custom shortcut to access folders inside of Enterprise PDM, you will be experiencing some improper behavior when upgrading to Enterprise PDM 2015. After accessing Enterprise PDM 2015 through the custom shortcut, the file path will actually be incomplete and characters will have been removed. Typically it is the first two characters of each folder name. This issue is addressed in SPR 877773, so please contact your local reseller and ask them to add you to this SPR so that you may be contacted once they have completed a fix for this issue. Until then, the only workaround is to either delete the […]

EPDM Attempts to Automatically Login on Windows Login – Search/Indexing Issue

It has been observed that after upgrading the SOLIDWORKS software in an environment that has its Toolbox in EPDM can cause the EPDM login window to display immediately after logging into Windows even if Automatic Login is enabled. This issue is caused by the Toolbox location in EPDM to be added to the Search Path options in SOLIDWORKS which in turn, adds the path to the Windows Indexing Options since the SOLIDWORKS search capabilities are dependent on Windows Indexing. If you exclusively set indexing locations in Windows do not modify the locations in the SOLIDWORKS Search Paths since this will effect your indexing paths. Upgrading SOLIDWORKS can potentially reset these index […]

Don’t Forget to Update Your Task Scripts When Upgrading EPDM

In recent releases of SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM, there have been some nice improvements in the Task add-in functionality. Most EPDM administrators remember to update the add-in itself, but not the scripts that are used in the tasks for the add-in. In most cases this is not enough to get the full benefit of the upgrade. In addition to the Task being upgraded, you will want to ensure that the script used in the task is updated also. This does not happen automatically when you upgrade the Task add-in. To verify the version of the script, open the Task, select "Output File Details", and select "Advanced Scripting Options". Somewhere around the […]

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 […]

Creating SOLIDWORKS Drawing Templates with Enterprise PDM

The process of creating a SOLIDWORKS drawing template seems to be very lacking in the amount of training resources available. I would like to take some time to explain how the main components work together and show some best practices for creating and configuring your SOLIDWORKS templates. The first component is what I refer to as the DOT file, and is the base template that you will use for your files. This file is where you can configure various settings about the file that will be created, such as the paper size, dimensioning styles, hatch patterns, etc. (most everything under Tools > Options). To create a SOLIDWORKS part or assembly […]