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SOLIDWORKS: How Does SOLIDWORKS Save Files?

How Does SOLIDWORKS Save Files?   Have you ever wondered how SOLIDWORKS saves files?   Understanding how SOLIDWORKS files relate to one another is key to file management. The SOLIDWORKS file structure is a single point database. This structure means that each piece of information is stored in only one file. If any other file needs a piece of information, it must reference the file where the information is stored rather than copy the information into itself. In SOLIDWORKS, every time a file is used in a subsequent file, it creates a “File Reference”. File References are the links to where the file information is stored.   The huge advantage

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15 Reasons to Attend SOLIDWORKS World 2017 #SWW17

15 Reasons to Attend SOLIDWORKS World 2017 #SWW17   With SOLIDWORKS World just a few weeks away and if you are looking for a reason to justify to your company why you should attend SOLIDWORKS World this year, the team at Computer Aided Technology, MCAD Technologies, InFlow and our customers are giving you 14 quality reasons to attend. The Technical Teams from CATI, MCAD and InFlow have 11 different presentations and we have 3 customers who are presenting their own material.   If you are not familiar with SOLIDWORKS World, it is SOLIDWORKS‘ annual 3 day conference that you can join more than 5,000 of your peers and select from

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

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 server will still handle any read/write operations such as check ins/outs, workflow transitions, and datacard updates. The secondary servers will handle operations such as folder browsing, contains, where used, UI

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

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 to consider forgoing a SOLIDWORKS PDM service pack upgrade.   As of 2016 SOLIDWORKS PDM was combined into the SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager. This further complicated installations as the Installation Manager

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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

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 Settings.’ Then select the Output file format to ‘3D PDF – MBD.’     Once set, you can then select the themes to use for Parts and Assemblies (if the

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

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 facelift.   The improvement will show sub-parent relations (with the upward arrow, and in blue below), which also shows items that share similar parents:       As opposed to

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

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 discretion.   In normal SOLIDWORKS PDM function, a new version of a file is created EVERY time a file or its corresponding metadata is altered and checked back in. In

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

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 can be rolling back individual files because their references can become all sorts of jumbled, and you’ll have version mismatches here and there, and it becomes a real headache, really

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

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 desired source group. Click Next and OK.   That’s it!   Inconsistent group settings are thing of the past. By utilizing a template group, new groups can be quickly created

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SOLIDWORKS 2016 What’s New – Best 41 New Features – #SW2016

The new release of SOLIDWORKS 2016 is now available for download and here at CATI the Tech Team is excited for this release. At the beginning of September we starting documenting the best new features of SOLIDWORKS 2016 from part, assembly, and drawing tools to the new features in the SOLIDWORKS family of tools like Simulation, EPDM, SOLIDWORKS Electrical, and SOLIDWORKS Plastics. We have been sharing them with you and the SOLIDWORKS community thru the CATI Blog. We have since published 41 different articles on 2016 below is a complete list/link to all of the articles: SOLIDWORKS 2016 What's New – Blog Series – #SW2016 SOLIDWORKS 2016 What's New –

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