SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Best 74 New Features – #SW2017

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Best 74 NEW FEATURES   The new release of SOLIDWORKS 2017 is now available for download and the CATI and MCAD Tech Teams are excited for this release. At the beginning of September, we started documenting the best new features of SOLIDWORKS 2017 from part, assembly, and drawing tools to the new features in the SOLIDWORKS family of tools like Simulation, PDM, SOLIDWORKS Electrical, and SOLIDWORKS Plastics. We have been sharing them with you and the SOLIDWORKS community through the CATI Blog. […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional Database Replication – #SW2017

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SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional Database Replication   SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional 2017 now supports database replication which can be useful in high latency or high usage environments. This is only available in PDM Professional (and not PDM Standard) and requires Microsoft SQL Enterprise Edition 2012 or higher.   The way it works is by setting up secondary SQL server(s) that can assist a primary server with “read” type database requests, which in turn reduces the load on the primary server. The primary […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: PDM Service Pack Compatibility – #SW2017

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PDM Service Pack Compatibility   The golden rule of SOLIDWORKS PDM service packs has always been; “The PDM clients (users machines) all had to be on the EXACT same service pack as the server, no exceptions.” Unless of course you didn’t want the client to be able to work properly with the server/vault anymore.   While someone might have been open to updating a specific machine, having to also update the server as well as all other clients caused people […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: PDM Task Enhancements – Generate MBD 3D PDFs, DXF to PDF & MS Office to PDF Conversions – #SW2017

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PDM Task Enhancements: Generate MBD 3D PDFs, DXF to PDF & MS Office to PDF Conversions   SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional 2017 introduces a number of new enhancements in the tasks for converting various file types. The first being a new output format for SOLIDWORKS files. For SOLIDWORKS MBD users, the Convert task in PDM Professional can be set up to automatically generate SOLIDWORKS MBD 3D PDFs. To set this up, in the properties of the Convert task select the ‘Conversion […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Reference Tree Display Enhancements – #SW2017

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Reference Tree Display Enhancements   Have you moved multiple files at once through PDM workflow and found it to be a bit confusing and cumbersome trying to figure out just which part may be parent to what? Especially if several parts share the same parent, but not necessarily in the same assembly? Well in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2017, the reference tree in the dialogue box while performing Get, Set Revision, Do Transition (Change state), Copy Tree, and Move Tree has had a […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: SOLIDWORKS PDM Latest Version Overwrite – #SW2017

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SOLIDWORKS PDM Latest Version Overwrite   In SOLIDWORKS PDM 2017 there is a new feature that is as powerful and potentially risky as the “Rollback” function. “Latest Version Overwrite” gives a user the ability to overwrite the latest version of the file with the most current version of a file. If data storage is a worry for your company, “Latest Version Overwrite” may be the simple solution it needs. File cleanup can be automated through workflows or allowed per user’s […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Rollbacks Now Include Their References – #SW2017

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Rollbacks Now Include Their References   Rollbacks, what are they all about? Rolling back a file in SOLIDWORKS PDM is often a last resort for returning a file to a previous state or version (and I’d like to add that I always recommend against using it, as most the time you can check a file out, get a previous version, then overwrite the current version with the older version).   Now, with all that said, one of the biggest pains […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Copying SOLIDWORKS PDM Group Permissions and Group Members – #SW2017

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Copying SOLIDWORKS PDM Group Permissions and Group Members   With SOLIDWORKS PDM 2017 comes a feature that will have admins everywhere celebrating. Right now the quickest way to copy group permissions and group members is manual and error prone (scroll down to the bottom to see this method).   In the NEW! 2017 Admin tool it only requires a few clicks. After creating and naming a new group, go to its Group Properties, select Copy from Group, and choose the […]

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