SOLIDWORKS PDM 2018 What’s New – Export Search Results from Embedded Search – #SW2018

New in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2018, you now can export search results from the Embedded Search Window. Prior to 2018, this capability was only available in the Dedicated Search Tool which opened in a separate window. Additionally, because PDM Standard does not provide access to the Dedicated Search Tool, that meant that you could not export search results from PDM Standard. So an added benefit is that you can now export search results from PDM Standard searches. There are two new […]

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Data card control logic – Test for value in text variable

Imagine you have a control on your data card that relies on a different text field for its Control Logic, and you want the text control to have to have at least one character in this field before your control is enabled. I run into this issue often with buttons, when I do not want the user to be able to click my button until other required fields on the card are populated first. Unfortunately in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2017 [Pro […]

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A quick way to make your PDM files dirty

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 […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Crashes – Windows 7 Users MicrOSOFT KB3186497

SOLIDWORKS Crashes   In Mid-June we started to see multiple SOLIDWORKS crashes on machines with Windows 7 that updated Microsoft Security Patch KB3186497 – Offline Installer .NET 4.7, we have tested SOLIDWORKS 2015, 2016 and 2017.   SOLIDWORKS has created a SPR#1032308 as shown below:     The .NET Framework can be hosted by unmanaged components that load the common language runtime into their processes and initiate the execution of managed code, thereby creating a software environment that can exploit […]

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PDM Pro Droplists Connected to Excel

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 […]

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CATI Product Development Forum – Register for an Event Near You

Product Development Forum Events   We are just days away from the start of our annual Product Development Forum. This year, we are celebrating our 25th anniversary. To say thank you and show our appreciation to our clients, the agenda is 100% training based. Each event will showcase 5 lecture style training sessions, exhibits form our partners, and the chance to meet one-on-one with one of our technical experts. Visit the Product Development Forum Event Page on CATI.com for complete […]

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Comparing SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional & PDM Standard

When determining a SOLIDWORKS PDM platform, many wonder what difference is between SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard and SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional. Questions like, “Can Standard do everything I need it to do?,” or “What are the differences between the platforms so I can make the appropriate choice?” Well, below I have put together a chart that may make understanding these differences from a feature stanpoint a whole lot easier. The chart is broken into groups to make it a little simpler to […]

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Transitioning from Workgroup to PDM

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 […]

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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 […]

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What best in class PDM adopters are doing differently…

It’s been a little over a year since SOLIDWORKS released PDM Standard as part of the SOLIDWORKS Professional and Premium packages and announced the retirement of Workgroup PDM, with the final release coming in 2017 and support for the product ending on December 31st, 2018. Since then, the increase in adoption of PDM Standard or Professional from our partners has been at an incredible rate.  If the volume of PDM implementations (or Workgroup PDM migrations) the 3DVision Technologies service team […]

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