Enterprise PDM

SolidWorks Enterprise PDM (EPDM) provides an easy way for designers to collaborate on product designs without worrying about version control or data loss. It stores CAD models and supporting documents–anything from emails to images–in an indexed central repository that tracks versions and automates workflows to eliminate wasteful repetition. EPDM is designed for organizations that have anywhere from one designer to hundreds, divide engineering work among multiple locations; and/or outsource engineering work

SOLIDWORKS: The CAD Platform Of The Future

SOLIDWORKS: The CAD Platform Of The Future

For those of us who use SOLIDWORKS on a regular basis, it can be easy to view the software as nothing more than a tool to create the 3D models needed to convey our design concepts. And that in itself is powerful, but the problem is this: if we are limited to seeing SOLIDWORKS only […]

SOLIDWORKS PDM Keyboard Shortcuts And Hot Keys

SOLIDWORKS PDM Keyboard Shortcuts And Hot Keys

I was helping a SOLIDWORKS PDM customer the other day who works with really large assemblies. When I say large, I mean not only are their assemblies several hundred megabytes in size, but they also contain thousands of parts and sub-assemblies. While it wasn’t their main issue, they mentioned selecting files within the check-in/check-out dialogs was a real […]

SOLIDWORKS Explorer File Management Basics For Stepping From Workgroup PDM To PDM

SOLIDWORKS Explorer File Management Basics For Stepping From Workgroup PDM To PDM

With the retirement of Workgroup PDM (WPDM) on the horizon, many sites have already made the transition from WPDM to SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional or PDM Standard. After the dust has cleared, and the users sit down to work what should one expect? How might the experiences differ? In a previous technical tip I covered some differences between […]

Top 5 Things USERS Love About SOLIDWORKS PDM (Not Just IT)

Top 5 Things USERS Love About SOLIDWORKS PDM (Not Just IT)

As an engineer who has used CAD for over 15 years, I have had the opportunity to see and use a variety of different file management tools. I am sure that they all have pros and cons regarding installs, upgrades and general IT related worries, but as a user, here are the top 5 things I […]

3D Printing File Management Options

3D Printing File Management Options

Bringing a 3D printer in an engineering department can be one of the most profound ways to increase both productivity as well as quality of work. Having a printer on site enables rapid iteration, better functional testing, and in some situations even a path to near immediate short run production. Even more impressive is that […]

SOLIDWORKS Add-In Basics For Stepping From Workgroup PDM To PDM

SOLIDWORKS Add-In Basics For Stepping From Workgroup PDM To PDM

With the retirement of Workgroup PDM (WPDM) on the horizon, many sites have already made the transition from WPDM to SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional or PDM Standard. After the dust has cleared, and the users sit down to work what should one expect? How might the experiences differ? Note: Due to PDM being renamed in the […]

How To Organize SOLIDWORKS Files In A Way Your Co-Workers Will Actually Use

How To Organize SOLIDWORKS Files In A Way Your Co-Workers Will Actually Use

Entropy is the natural state of things. Machines break down, order becomes disorder, and systems become more confusing and harder to use the longer they are in operation. The same happens in the workplace; systems set up to keep tools clean and orderly go to pot if effort isn’t applied to keep them humming. What […]

How To Deftly Handle Required Duplicate File Names In PDM

How To Deftly Handle Required Duplicate File Names In PDM

To Duplicate or Not To Duplicate, That Is The Question When configuring PDM Professional for use we are often asked by customers, “Can we have duplicate file names in the vault?” And in most cases the answer is yes you can have duplicate file names in the vault, but we recommend against allowing it. There are […]

Easy Data Migration Using The New 2016 SOLIDWORKS PDM Set Revision Command

Easy Data Migration Using The New 2016 SOLIDWORKS PDM Set Revision Command

One of the more challenging parts of implementing a PDM System can be the introduction of legacy files into the Vault. Mapping revision properties that exist within SOLIDWORKS files to match the revisions within PDM has traditionally meant the use of APIs, complex migration workflows, or the manual incrementing of files. Without going through one of […]

Dividing the PDM Permission Pie

Dividing the PDM Permission Pie

Simplifying Permissions By Applying Group Permission To Different Slices Of Your PDM Vault The basics of Enterprise PDM Folder Permissions are easy to learn. “I’ll create a group so I don’t have to modify every user… gotta have Read file contents… Show working versions of files-check! Add permission, Check out permission, great! OK, onto State […]