Track SOLIDWORKS PDM Data with CacheMeter

Tracking SOLIDWORKS PDM Data I have a favorite kind of cookie. For anybody wondering, it’s Oreo’s because of course it is. That said, I’m not necessarily a fan of sharing my Oreos. Sometimes, sure, but not all the time. I know how many servings are in a package and I also don’t just lose random cookies. So if someone takes an Oreo, thinking I won’t know, trust me, I’ll know. I can say the same thing about my data. I […]

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Large Archive Servers in SOLIDWORKS PDM

You might notice that Archive Servers balloon pretty quickly. Ever wonder why that is? Well, the archive server stores ever version of every file in SOLIDWORKS PDM. So, if you have a file that has 15 versions, there are going to be 15 individual files in the PDM archive. As you add more and more files, that archive will grow and grow. As you can imagine, it becomes pretty important to know how to work with large archive servers in […]

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SOLIDWORKS PDM Local View Essentials

SOLIDWORKS PDM Local View Basics and Troubleshooting What Is a SOLIDWORKS PDM Local View? Your SOLIDWORKS PDM Local Vault View is an application mechanic that acts as a “gateway” to accessing your vault and its files. After you install SOLIDWORKS PDM, you still need to setup a Vault View in order to access your vault(s). One thing to note is that you do need to install local views for each vault on your server. This is because you control each […]

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Working From Home – SOLIDWORKS PDM

Covid-19 changing the way we work With the Covid-19 pandemic reaching far and near, many of us have resorted to working from home at times. A convenience for many, but it has had its struggles. As we all have experienced by now, children tapping us on the shoulder during meetings, the dogs barking, an occasional cat walking in front of a camera, and of course the dreaded latency of not being on that super fast local network at the office! […]

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Copy Tree and Move Tree: SOLIDWORKS PDM

What Does This Do? Copy Tree vs Move Tree Welcome to part 3 of our “What Does This Do?” series. Last week, we covered Branch and Merge and how to use those tools. This week, we’re going to take a look at another feature named for trees, Copy Tree and Move Tree. These two tools are pretty self-explanatory for their purpose. One makes a copy and one moves the files. However, I want to talk about some of the features […]

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Branch and Merge: SOLIDWORKS PDM

Last week, we covered the first topic in our “What does this do?” series – Delete versus Destroy. This week, let’s tackle another function that you might not be familiar with – Branch and Merge. The Branch and Merge features came out a few years back and to say it’s a game changer is an understatement. Anybody that has ever done prototyping can attest to that. The SOLIDWORKS PDM Branch and Merge features make it quick and easy to test […]

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Delete or Destroy: SOLIDWORKS PDM

There’s a commercial that used to play all the time. It wasn’t long ago, probably within the past year. The essence of the commercial is that you wouldn’t take your child on a space mission with you because he/she will just click every button. Can you imagine the never ending question, “what does this do?” Well when people start using SOLIDWORKS PDM for the first time, that tends to be the first question our of their mouth. This week, we’re […]

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How Can You Save Money with PDM Standard?

Saving Money with PDM Standard What is PDM Standard? PDM Standard is a free tool that exists within any SOLIDWORKS Professional or SOLIDWORKS Premium license. This means that if you have at least SOLIDWORKS Professional today, then you can start using PDM Standard as well. Obviously, there are tremendous benefits to using a PDM system. And having access to a free tool right now makes this avenue appealing for many people. Today, let me walk you through how you can […]

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Bulk add variables – SOLIDWORK PDM Pro Vault

If you have ever taken the SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional administration class, you know that in the very first lesson, SOLIDWORKS recommends that you make a nice, little chart pre-planning your variables. You are supposed to make a list of variables, the variable types and some notes on how that variable should be used. This certainly is a good idea. Good planning makes a good vault. You’re proud of your list. Lots of variables. Lots of time putting it all together… […]

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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 […]

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