eDrawings is getting smarter

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[…or should that be “eDrawings are getting smarter”?] You can think of a SOLIDWORKS file as having two parts. The video data – what the file looked like the last time it was saved, and the mathematical data. Basically eDrawings reads the video data only. This is great on one hand because it is cheap and fast, but on the other hand your users need to be aware that the file they are looking at may not be the “latest-and-greatest”. […]

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There are many ways to buy soap flakes

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Back in the early days of the washing machine you went to the general store, plunked your nickel down and bought yourself a nice box of soap flakes. Soap flakes, one size, one variety = clean clothes. Fast forward a century. Do a Google search for Tide laundry detergent. Liquid, flakes, powder, individual tablets, 1 pound, 2 pound, scented, unscented…there must be hundreds of ways you can buy laundry detergent today. You have to wonder -are your clothes really cleaner […]

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MVSUG meets at Gander Mountain

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Monday night I had the honor of being asked to present my “SOLIDWORKS Best Practices” presentation to the Miami Valley SOLIDWORKS User Group. (Dayton, Ohio) They had a good turn out, I didn’t count but I am sure there were over twenty members there. After my presentation, they had a competition of who could submit the best SOLIDWORKS tip, the winner won SOLIDWORKS on a stick. Congratulations to Mark Miller of Force Design for his winning submission showing an easy […]

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Sweeney Smackdown

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As my loyal fans know, every [randomly chosen time interval] morning I post my gripes about CAD, or the engineering world in general. In hopes that someone out there will see these problems and fix them for me. I figure I spend all day fixing other people’s problems -someone out there owes me. Why does my optical mouse suddenly decide it wants to be on the other side of the screen? I hate acronyms. They should be illegal. ECN, ECO, […]

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Library parts – in or out of the vault?

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From time to time I like to answer email I get from my many fans. Dear Great Wizard, My Aunt Emily just bought PDMWorks Enterprise 2008. Do you think she should include her purchase part library in the Enterprise vault? Signed, Wondering in Kansas Dear Wondering, The question of if your purchase part library should go into your PDM system has been going on for as long as scarecrows have been afraid of fire. Many argue that once the library […]

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Who names these things?

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Names can be a powerful thing. They can give you connotations of something before you know anything more about it. Naming something poorly is often times a bad thing. The folks making the PDMWorks Enterprise must think there is an award for poor naming conventions. Let’s start with the name of the product itself…the moniker PDMWorks gives users the feeling there is very little difference between PDMWorks Workgroup and Enterprise, except the Enterprise version may have a bit more in […]

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Dear Mr. Guy that invented DimXpert

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The folks at SOLIDWORKS always say that the product is driven by enhancement requests. I know quite a few people at SOLIDWORKS read these blogs so this is my open letter enhancement request to them… Dear Mr. Guy that invented DimXpert: You are a genius. The ability to quickly put dimensions on a drawing following manufacturing guidelines (not design intent) is the greatest thing since, well since ever! Whatever you are getting paid, I am sure it is not enough […]

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Pro/E files work with PDMWorks Enterprise

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I have seen the future….and it is pretty cool. I got a copy of the beta version of PDMWorks Enterprise SP4 and it handles Pro/E files! Yup, you can drag and drop Pro/E files into the vault, PDMWorks Enterprise recognizes the meta data and the parent child relationships. There is even an interface now built into Pro/E. Works with Pro/E 2001 and the first three Wildfires. [For those of you scoring at home, PDMWorks Enterprise can now work in SOLIDWORKS, […]

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DriveWorksXpress hates lightweight mode

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I was working with a customer in Indianapolis who had a huge DriveWorksXpress implementation. The problem he was having was that DriveWorksXpress could not switch to derived configurations of his sub-assemblies. [It wouldn’t drive dimensions either.] Turns out since he was working with rather large assemblies, most of his parts were lightweight. DriveWorksXpress cannot modify parts that are lightweight. Thus, you need to resolve all of your parts before you run a specification with DriveWorksXpress. You won’t find this in […]

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Applications for SOLIDWORKS on a stick

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This year at SOLIDWORKS World, SOLIDWORKS announced to a select number of people they are piloting a project where they installed SOLIDWORKS on a USB jump drive! I, like nearly everyone else in the room were pretty impressed and looked forward to playing with it….but really had a hard time coming up with practical applications for it. I figured if nothing else, once the trial period timed out I was getting a free 2GB jump drive. I played with it […]

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