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 […]

Create an Enterprise PDM Report

Enterprise PDM comes with an extremely capable search tool, however there are instances where some advanced reporting is necessary. Typically this more in depth information can easily be acquired by an administrator creating an SQL query to access that information. But what about the rest of the users who don’t have access to the SQL Server Management Studio yet still to search for this information? That is where the Enterprise PDM Report tool comes in handy! Creating a report for Enterprise PDM is relatively easy, but it does involve some additional coding on top of the standard SQL query. Below is the text for a standard template for creating a […]

SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM 2015 Beta 1 is available

Contact InFlow for best practices and requirements regarding Beta participation Support Number 888.285.2284 or We are excited to announce that SOLIDWORKS® 2015 Beta 1 is available for download now! All subscription customers are eligible to participate, no sign-up is required. SOLIDWORKS EPDM 2015 includes many user-driven enhancements that are centered around: Improving everyday productivity Optimizing product design processes and workflows Streamlining manufacturing processes with new integrated capabilities Improving everyday productivity The SOLIDWORKS Beta website is your resource for access to the SOLIDWORKS 2015 Beta download, forum, contest leader board and much more. The SOLIDWORKS Beta program is an active and vibrant community where you can interact directly with the […]

SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM Service Pack 4 is now available

EPDM Community, InFlow has a team of SolidWorks Enterprise PDM professionals that can provide consulting upgrade solutions packages ranging from a “start-to-finish upgrade” or just “best practices” to ensure a successful transition. For “do it yourself” upgrades that develop issues, the InFlow support team can be available for help or assistance during normal business hours, but may need to schedule dedicated additional paid consulting time based on the complexity of the issue. We will do our best to make sure the issues are resolved in the shortest time possible. You can contact us by phone at 800-875-3009 or email An upgrade to the latest SolidWorks Enterprise PDM should not […]

Reporting Duplicate Filenames in EPDM

In SolidWorks Enterprise PDM, you have an option to allow or not allow duplicates in the vault.  Some companies have a valid reason to allow duplicates or they have migrated duplicates into their vault from a network drive, hoping to clean them up one day.  If you need a way to find the duplicates, just run the report file attached to this blog post.  You will need access to report generator (located under the tools menu in EPDM).  Simply open the attached report file and select execute to see the results.  Don’t forget to visit Download Duplicates Report

Linking Files in Enterprise PDM Using “Paste as Reference”

Enterprise PDM does a fantastic job maintaining part references for assembly files, but what about all of those other file types? Enterprise PDM is capable of storing a wide variety of documents, not just CAD data, and it is just important to control and reference those documents as if they were part of the assembly as well. Since the files may not be used in the actual assembly, we are allowed to create our own reference links to any file that we would like. This is called “Paste as Reference”. The process itself is almost exactly the same as a standard Copy/Paste inside of Windows. In this example we will […]