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

Convert your files to SolidWorks 2011 format

When you are ready to upgrade SolidWorks and Enterprise PDM 2011, the number one thing that comes to mind for most users is that when SolidWorks 2010 and prior version files are opened in SolidWorks 2011, SolidWorks and Enterprise PDM think that some change has occurred to the file. This is indeed the case, as SolidWorks 2011 has […]

Windows Explorer and SolidWorks Enterprise PDM: Cage Match

Brace yourselves for a battle of epic proportions.  We have two Heavyweight contenders ready to duke it out;   SolidWorks Enterprise PDM and Microsoft Windows Explorer.  The match rules are simple:  Manage a new project, which undergoes design changes and ensure a secure and auditable environment for keeping track of revisions.  As a bonus, the contenders […]

Virtual Components in the land of PDM

In the land of SolidWorks Assemblies exists a funny creature called the “Virtual Component”.  Virtual components are typically used in top-down design when you need to create a new part in the context of an existing assembly. During the conceptual design process, when you frequently experiment with and make changes to the assembly structure and components, […]

Mates: The Wild Kingdom of SolidWorks

You don’t have to be Marlin Perkins of Wild Kingdom to appreciate the number of ways to pair parts together using “Mates” in SolidWorks. However, if we take a page or two from Darwin, we might make sense of the classifications of mates in SolidWorks. Let’s think of how Darwin classified the kingdom of plants […]

SolidWorks Enterprise PDM is the BOM!

I ran a webinar that shows how BOM’s created in SolidWorks CAD software are passed intact to Enterprise PDM, reducing rework. “Named” BOMs, which can be used beyond the engineering organization, are now associated with the SolidWorks assembly. This means that if a designer changes a part, the BOM is automatically updated. In addition, named […]