Superior Graphite Customer Story

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  If you’ve been in business for over a century like Superior Graphite, you might have seen a few CAD programs come and go. As a chemicals manufacturing company, Superior Graphite thermally purifies graphite and calcined petroleum coke for use in multiple applications, from smartphone and electric car batteries to lubricant and loss of circulation material. Superior Graphite has expanded throughout the years with multiple versions of CAD software, with a clear need for better organization of their files as […]

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What best in class PDM adopters are doing differently…

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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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New AutoCAD P&ID Project in SOLIDWORKS EPDM

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Say you aren’t lucky enough to be using SOLIDWORKS’ P&ID offerings, you are using AutoCAD P&ID instead. You can work with AutoCAD P&ID 2015 projects in SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM, they do seem to work rather well together. Except for one issue: In AutoCAD P&ID, when you try to create a new project, and navigate into your EPDM vault view to choose the new location, the “Open” button becomes disabled!   Everything else works okay, but without new projects, it is tough […]

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New AutoCAD P&ID Project in SOLIDWORKS EPDM

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Say you aren’t lucky enough to be using SOLIDWORKS’ P&ID offerings, you are using AutoCAD P&ID instead. You can work with AutoCAD P&ID 2015 projects in SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM, they do seem to work rather well together. Except for one issue: In AutoCAD P&ID, when you try to create a new project, and navigate into your EPDM vault view to choose the new location, the “Open” button becomes disabled!   Everything else works okay, but without new projects, it is tough […]

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Microsoft Office Integration in EPDM

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You can travel all over the world, pay crazy money to go into museums to see beautiful works of art, or you can look at this masterpiece: Ain’t she a beaut? Finally Microsoft Office integration with SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM. This ribbon bar can be used in Excel, Word and PowerPoint. For EPDM 2014, you can download the install from the customer portal.

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Microsoft Office Integration in EPDM

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You can travel all over the world, pay crazy money to go into museums to see beautiful works of art, or you can look at this masterpiece: Ain’t she a beaut? Finally Microsoft Office integration with SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM. This ribbon bar can be used in Excel, Word and PowerPoint. For EPDM 2014, you can download the install from the customer portal.

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Weldments and Bill of Materials

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There are many different ways to create structural frames.  One method might be creating it as an assembly with many individual parts.  Another method, which is my preferred  way, would be as a single multibody part…as a Weldment. The Weldment way allows for easy design changes, automatic structural member trimming/extensions, and creation of cut lengths.  This however is typically just a portion of the overall design.  There might be many more pieces that go on the frame.  This is when […]

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EPDM: Copying data card properties from Part to Drawing

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Hey happy EPDM users ! Have you ever wanted to make a SW Drawing “copy” its properties from the SW Part card ? I have ran into several customers wanting to do this for various reasons. For example: You might want the DESCRIPTION from Part card be auto copied to the Drawing for that part.  (they would be the same usually, right ?) Here’s how you do it: In the DESCRIPTION variable, add a new ATTRIBUTE with BLOCK NAME of […]

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EPDM: Copying data card properties from Part to Drawing

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Hey happy EPDM users ! Have you ever wanted to make a SW Drawing “copy” its properties from the SW Part card ? I have ran into several customers wanting to do this for various reasons. For example: You might want the DESCRIPTION from Part card be auto copied to the Drawing for that part.  (they would be the same usually, right ?) Here’s how you do it: In the DESCRIPTION variable, add a new ATTRIBUTE with BLOCK NAME of […]

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Update your EPDM Data Cards with ODBC

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New, in in the advanced features section of PigeonHole 1.6, you have the ability to connect your SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM data cards to your ODBC compatible databases. Now you have three choices to connect to databases: Connect to a SQL server given: Server, Database, User name and Password (The user name and password are not required if the user has a trusted connection to the database) Connect to an ODBC database through an ODBC DSN (data source name) With this choice; […]

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