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 […]

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What’s New – Microsoft® Office Add-in for Enterprise PDM

It’s finally coming out of Beta! The new ePDM add-in for Microsoft Office will be included with Enterprise PDM 2015. You will find the new functions in the ribbon under Enterprise PDM. This add-in will allow contributors and editors to perform ePDM functions directly from Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. This includes the ability to: Check out, check in, and undo check out Get the latest or previous file versions Display and edit Data Card information Change State Access the Search Tool Select in Windows Explorer View file status information Local Version Local Revision Checked Out and Workflow information The main benefit is the ability to check-out a file, in session, […]

SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM Best Practice: Non Revision Changes

When working with design documents, 9 times out of 10 the designer wants to make sure that any changes they make are recorded via revisions. Enterprise PDM does a fantastic job of doing this for us by automating the revisions through the workflows that we have set up. We release files for physical production, and when changes need to be made, we send them to a different state, make the changes and re-release them. Viola, new revision! However, what happens when we need to modify something simple on a released file? Say… a typo or new dimension? We don’t really want to create a new revision for the part or […]

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 Ryan Dally […]