From InFlow: SOLIDWORKS PDM Vault Maintenance – How to split your archive onto multiple discs

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Is your SOLIDWORKS PDM Vault Server (known as the Archive Server) nearly out of space? SOLIDWORKS PDM has functionality to help you make space temporarily until the situation can be rectified or simply choose to span files across multiple drives. **WARNING** Due NOT relocate Files while users are in the vault. Doing so could risk file or data corruption. Preparation Ensure User activity is stopped. Logins may be blocked from the admin tool and License usage may be checked from […]

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From InFlow: DriveWorks Best Practice – Renaming SOLIDWORKS Files

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When working on a new or existing DriveWorks project, SOLIDWORKS practices need to be considered as well. Unfortunately not everything can be fully determined prior to setting everything up, so changes are bound to happen, such as renaming SOLIDWORKS parts, assemblies or drawings. Below is an outline that will allow you to rename your parts and assemblies without losing any information that was created or captured. Before we begin, make sure that SOLIDWORKS has the ability to rename parts from […]

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From InFlow: SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional – Automatic Part Numbering

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In this post, we are going to look at automatic part numbering in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional. The setup takes a few minutes, but the benefits are long-lasting. For this setup, we will be creating a sequential serial number to drive our SOLIDWORKS components (1XXXXX), a numbering system to auto number SOLIDWORKS assemblies (6XXXXX), and a list of numbers for tooling creation (T-XXXX using a pre-defined list). In this example, our engineers will utilize the numbering for SOLIDWORKS parts and assemblies. […]

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From InFlow: Transition from CATIA V5-6 to 3DEXPERIENCE: At First Glance

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3DEXPERIENCE is Dassault Systèmes’ answer to the ever-growing and ever-demanding marketplace of today. While the main difference between Dassault’s CATIA V5-6 and 3DEXPERIENCE is their adaptation of a Cloud-Based & Data-Driven platform, there are some significant changes to their 3D Modeling Interface layout as well. We will cover those differences here. Upon opening the platform, you immediately notice that the interface has been completely re-vamped and has adapted a more sleek and modern look. CATIA V5 Interface 3DEXPERIENCE Interface Another […]

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From InFlow: Configuring Copy Tree: Making Sense of all the Options

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At first glance, the SOLIDWORKS PDM Copy Tree wizard can be somewhat daunting with all the buttons, check boxes, and drop-down menus. If you are familiar with the SOLIDWORKS Pack and Go, the interface is very similar, with additional options specific to PDM. To access the wizard, highlight a file in the PDM Explorer View, and navigate to Tools>Copy Tree. In the upper left corner of the wizard there is an Edit box for your default output destination, as well […]

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Improve Your Archery Game with SOLIDWORKS PDM Tasks

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If you’re like me, then you like archery. There’s a lot to like about it – the serenity of nature, the simplicity of a bow and arrow, and the cool morning breeze as you line up your shot. While there are many of you out there that are far better at it than I am, we can all agree that practice is the key item that makes good archery possible. Also, a great excuse to do it more. So how […]

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From InFlow: Configuring Menus for Your SOLIDWORKS PDM Users

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In some cases, SOLIDWORKS PDM Admins are not aware of the option to customize various PDM menus for their users. The page to do this can be found by right-clicking a user or group in the PDM Admin tool and selecting Settings. Then the Menus page or node can be selected, and controls will be visible to change the menu options that appear to users when they are viewing files in the vault in Windows Explorer. Keep in mind that […]

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From InFlow: Managing SOLIDWORKS Toolbox Files in SOLIDWORKS PDM

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When it comes to managing SOLIDWORKS toolbox files in PDM there are 2 aspects to consider. Should I use SOLIDWORKS PDM to manage my toolbox files? How do I set up SOLIDWORKS PDM to manage my toolbox files? Let’s start with the first question. Some of the reasons you would want to manage your toolbox files in PDM: The need for all SOLIDWORKS users to access the same toolbox data instead of each user having their own, separate, toolbox. Capturing […]

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From InFlow Technology: SOLIDWORKS PDM Card Input Formulas – Capabilities and Limitations

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This topic will be most useful to those with some experience working with SOLIDWORKS PDM administration. I intend to clarify questions about an aspect of Cards and PDM capability that often arises during new implementations and PDM configuration. Cards provide a large part of SOLIDWORKS PDM’s capability. They are often both familiar and confusing to those looking to build a vault that best fits with their internal operations. The are familiar in that they appear to be a form that […]

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InFlow Technology Recognized by Dassault Systèmes as Platinum Partner

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InFlow Technology, was honored at the annual Dassault Systèmes partner meeting – earning Platinum Partner status as well as taking home an award for the top 3DEXPERIENCE Platform provider in North America. At InFlow Technology, we provide product lifecycle management and product data management solutions, with a focus on ENOVIA, SOLIDWORKS PDM, CATIA, and SIMULIA products, services, training, and support. “It starts with providing the right solutions and our commitment to making sure our clients are successful,” said Justin Webster, Vice President, InFlow Technology. We want to build lasting partnerships with […]

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