You have reached the end of the revision list?

In SOLIDWORKS PDM, if you choose to assign your revision number component with a value from a list, you have three options of what you want PDM to do when a user has reached the end of the revision list. My old standby joke here is to “Refuse the operation” and send an e-mail to human resources, because if someone that makes that many revisions to a file, they should be fired. That joke is fourteen years old. It has […]

Read More

Importing Files with Pre-Existing Revisions into a PDM Standard Vault

Introduction If you’ve ever tried to put a file with a pre-existing revision into a PDM Standard vault, you may be familiar with the following scenario: 1. LegacyPart.SLDPRT is at revision “C” and needs to be moved from the folder on your Desktop into your PDM vault Custom Properties for LegacyPart.SLDPRT 2. You save LegacyPart.SLDPRT into the vault and the revision is set to “C” on the data card (so far so good) Data card for LegacyPart.SLDPRT after initial check […]

Read More

Update Version-Free Variables in SOLIDWORKS PDM

The tools that we have at InFlow Technology are second to none. I’ve done posts before about our PigeonHole and PDMSave tools. Additionally, we have great tools like Convert and our Productivity Pack. Now, I want to introduce you to a tool that has flown under-the-radar so far: our Version-Free Property Updater. With the Version-Free Property Updater, you can quickly and efficiently update a list of version-free variables within SOLIDWORKS PDM. How do we update those variables today? I’m glad […]

Read More

Pre-Release vs Post-Release Revision Schemes in SOLIDWORKS PDM

Introduction When should you increment a file revision in a release cycle? It’s a common debate that takes place when configuring workflows in SOLIDWORKS PDM. Should you do it before you start modifying the file to represent the new release? Or should it be after, to represent the completed work and the transition to a released state? The answer: you can do it whichever way makes more sense to you. However, be sure to consider the drawbacks to each approach […]

Read More

12 Days of InFlow

It’s officially the holiday season and we’re pretty excited over at InFlow Technology! Holiday parties are happening, people are getting ready for end-of-the-year family trips, and everyone is in the holiday spirit. But just because we’re all ready to celebrate, doesn’t mean we can’t take some time to share some of our favorite tips, tricks, and features of the products we support. Over the next 12 days, the presales team will be posting a series of blogs. We will be […]

Read More

Turkey, Stuffing, and… SOLIDWORKS PDM?

It’s Thanksgiving in the United States and I’m excited to sit down, watch the parade and some football, and eat my fill of delicious, home-cooked food. While everyone is off with their families and friends, I thought today would be a great time to write about 5 features in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional that I’m thankful for. Each of these features covers a key need in the SOLIDWORKS community and each of them needs to be spotlighted. So, without further ado, […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

SOLIDWORKS PDM 2019 What’s New – Mixed Authentication Support – #SW2019

In SOLIDWORKS PDM Pro, Windows login to the vault gives users access to their files quickly and easily. However, prior to SOLIDWORKS PDM Pro 2019 and when using Windows login, if a user didn’t exist in the domain they couldn’t connect to a vault (besides the Admin user). In other words, a single login type for all vault users was required. This made situations such as testing or giving vault access to users (vendors, customers, etc.) that didn’t exist on […]

Read More