Last fall CATI / InFlow Technology had its annual Design Innovation Summit. We kicked off the start of the tour at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI. A nice aside to the Design Innovation Summit was the opportunity to walk through the EAA Museum and see some unique and rare aircraft. One aircraft in particular was the 1938 Bugatti Model 100P. It was a one of a kind, designed to race, but never flown. Just prior to our Summit some enthusiasts came in to review and measure the Bugatti Model 100P in an attempt to recreate it and test fly it. Well, yesterday was the day! The plane design from over 75 years ago […]


SOLIDWORKS World is an annual international user conference for all things SOLIDWORKS. Each year 5000+ users come together to share information and ideas related to the engineering process. At the following link you can find the presentations from this years as well as previous years:  http://www.solidworks.com/sww/proceedings/proceedings-presentations.htm   Enjoy! Jim Krivoshein – PLM Consultant InFlow Technology

SolidWorks Enterprise PDM 2015 – New Icons

In the 2015 release of SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM, SOLIDWORKS has made several nice additions.  One, seemingly minor new feature, will really help users.  The addition of the "explorer cache status icons" will help users keep track of the status of the files in their local cache. Here is why the icons are important… Let's say an engineer works on a drawing and checks in version 1.  After that another user checks out the file, modifies the file, and checks in version 2.  Engineer 1 still has version 1 of the drawing in his/her local cache.  Engineers with the power to see history would need to check the "cache status" of the file […]

Design Automation with DriveWorks for SolidWorks – Rule Spotlight – The IF Statement

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. DriveWorks does this though it's easy to learn rules engine. What is a rule? A rule is a formula used to control the value of the item to which it is attached, e.g. a dimension of a feature, or the name of a drawing. Today we will showcase a particular rule we can use to drive our models. Rule Spotlight – The IF Statement The IF statement is one of the most frequently used rules in DriveWorks. It allows us […]


A summary of the exciting new features! • Automated Cache Management : New options for managing user and group caches are available. Clear the cache on logout and refresh on login (Get Latest Version on folder contents) provide often requested functionality. • Consolidated Delayed in State Notifications:  Files set to notify when “delayed in state” for a specified period of time are now consolidated into a single summary notification. Previously each file had a notification email which could be overwhelming in heavy traffic environments. • Dynamic Notification Recipients Filter:  When specifying dynamic notification recipients now, a filter field to eliminate long scrolling sessions for large user bases is provided. • […]

Customize the Preview Pane in Solidworks Enterprise PDM

Preview Feature The preview feature at its core allows a user to select a file and view its contents without launching the native application and opening the file. This can be a benefit when searching for a specific item or when just looking to work faster. Perhaps a lesser known feature in Solidworks Enterprise PDM is the ability to customize this preview pane to use "other" applications beyond those supported by the default previewers. Customize Here is an example of how to customize Solidworks Enterprise PDM to use a specific application in the preview pane based on one or more file types provided. The steps required for this example may […]

Ensuring the Health of Enterprise PDM

Solidworks Enterprise PDM offers a number of tools and techniques to keep the software working efficiently and effectively and more easily identify issues when they presents themselves.   Archive 1) Keep tabs on the Archive Server Log: EPDM Administration /Your Server /RMB /Show the Archive Server Log. 2) Review the replication monitoring too (when applicable). – in the Administration tool you have the archive status dialog showing the total number of versions needing replicating to a particular server. By right-clicking the node you can get a list of files not yet replicated to a server. You can also use the SQL query to get a list of files needing replicated Client 3) EPDM […]

The Best Practices for Enterprise PDM Convert Task

1) It is recommended to use dedicated task hosts with a minimum of RAM 3 GB for x32 OS (RAM 4 GB and more for x64 OS) and be able to open the drawings and files that are converted. Task host must have Solidworks installed and EPDM client and vault view(s) installed. 2) Enterprise PDM must be started with a continuous login on the task host. 3) Using a dedicated task host that meet the suggested requirements can help minimize resource overextensions which may result in failed tasks. 4) Running tasks requires at least one Solidworks license and one EPDM license. Solidworks license enabling tasks are: SolidWorks Premium, Office and […]

How do I change a users Enterprise PDM License Type?

Users are different in regards to the roles they play at your organization and how they use Solidworks Enterprise PDM. To address this, Enterprise PDM offers several different license options. SolidWorks Enterprise PDM License Types Enterprise PDM uses floating client licenses. When you log in to a vault, the license installed on your system is taken from a pool of licenses that are enabled by the registered license file. When you log out or exit Enterprise PDM, the license is returned to the pool and can be used by another client. Available licenses are: SolidWorks Enterprise PDM Editor & Web Includes these license types: Editor: Supports working with all file […]

I checked out a file from my vault and it opened read only?!? Help!

Checking out a file to work with and discovering its read only can be frustrating and unfortunately it can happen periodically when working with solidworks Enterprise PDM. Don't worry, Inflow is here to help! Here are a few common reasons why a checked out file in a PDMWorks® Enterprise vault still opens as read-only in SolidWorks or other applications: 1. From the Solidworks Main Menu toolbar select Tools, Options, External References and check the SolidWorks option "Open referenced documents with read-only access" to ensure it is unchecked 2. Verify that you do not already have the file open in SolidWorks or another application. Verify that the file that is being […]