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Let’s imagine you have a lot of SOLIDWORKS files in your PDM vault. Many of these files have a file property defined within them that you now would like to appear on your PDM data card. (This seems to happen a lot after a recent migration.) The problem is that simply adding a control to your SOLIDWORKS data card and linking its variable to the SOLIDWORKS custom property isn’t going to work. PDM only updates its data cards when you check in a file. It isn’t as easy as checking out all files within a folder and simply check them all back in because PDM recognizes that the files have not changed, thus treats it as an UNDO checkout and does...
Everyone loves SOLIDWORKS PDM’s data cards, they are used in so many ways. One limitation though is their values in drop-lists is rather limited. You can control the lists based on one other variable, but if you need something more advanced you are going to need PigeonHole. It can make your drop-lists significantly more advanced. A lot of people like PigeonHole for its ability to have SOLIDWORKS PDM Pro’s droplists filter each other. As an example if you were selecting a wooden lift gate, you wouldn’t want all of the width selections available in the “Width” droplist, -only 16’. You can actually use an Excel spreadsheet like the one above and connect it to PigeonHole. Excel can technically be used as a...
Certifications are a good thing. They help distinguish you from your peers, plus if you learn a little while you prepare, your company gets a nice benefit as well. DriveWorksXpress has a certification process that is free to all SOLIDWORKS users and is designed to improve your SOLIDWORKS skills and make your engineering résumé stand out from the crowd. This year at SOLIDWORKS World, I was introduced to the new certification -"Certified DriveWorksXpress Associate". Chris Cassettari from DriveWorks was leading a hands on session where the goal was to get all attendees through a DriveWorksXpress tutorial. The models created during the tutorial could then be used for the DriveWorksXpress certification test. I was a bit pessimistic at first, many hands-on presentations I have...
DriveWorksXpress is the only DriveWorks product that does not have any form of a lookup table. As a result, I've seen people create very complex rules to get around this limitation. They will nest OR statements within other OR statements within OR statements... I understand why people do this. If you start to build a rule with an "OR" statement, the wizard will get you started with this: DriveWorksXpress builds the beginning of the structure for you, complete with the comma you need...you put a comparative equation before the comma and another equation after the comma, if either equation is true, then the "OR" returns true. However sometimes you may run into logic that is more complex than simply comparing two equations,...
A good portion of my work life is spent teaching new users how to use SOLIDWORKS PDM. Old users, young users, users from other CAD PDM systems, users who have never even used a PDM system... Do you know who are the hardest to teach? Users from SOLIDWORKS Workgroup. Overall, former Workgroup users are a smart bunch, heck many of them have taken a simple program like Workgroup and somehow managed to make it do all kinds of things it was never designed to do. However the terms are different and many cases the logic is very different, yet in many places SOLIDWORKS made the interfaces look very similar -so when a former Workgroup user first sees PDM he thinks he...