DriveWorks integration with SOLIDWORKS Enterprise EPDM

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Earlier this year, DriveWorks Ltd posted an article on a simple way to integrate EPDM with DriveWorks. This integration is something that our customers often inquire about…how do we manage the files that DriveWorks creates?  How do we maintain an accurate record of our "specials" or "one-offs" (plug in industry jargon between the quotation marks…you get the picture)? As you will see, the integration between the systems can be very simple: http://www.driveworkspro.com/index.php/partners/epdm-integration

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CATI Demo Gallery Update: SOLIDWORKS, Simulation, 3DVIA, EPDM, and Objet 3D Printer Videos

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The new CATI Demo Gallery is full of great videos on a variety of topics ranging from SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD to 3D Printing and everything in between. Highlights: SOLIDWORKS – 3D Design SOLIDWORKS Simulation – Analysis SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM – Data Management 3DVIA Composer – Product Documentation Objet 3D Printers – Rapid Prototyping & 3D Printing >>Click here to view our videos   Jim TeDescoMarketingcomputer Aided Technology, Inc.

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A worthless EPDM Enhancement

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One of my favorite new SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM enhancements is, at least today, practically worthless….this enhancement didn’t even make it into the “What’s New” document. However its potential may make it one of the biggest EPDM enhancements yet. It is the EPDM Partner Program. We’re all familiar with the SOLIDWORKS partner program. Some of the best SOLIDWORKS functionality has actually come from it. Simulation, Toolbox, Hole Wizard, Workgroup, Photoview 360 and even EPDM originally started out as 3rd party partner […]

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Searching for NULLs

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Sometimes in EPDM you want to find all files that do not have a value for a field in the datacard. Your first thought may be to use a datacard to search but that doesn’t work because any fields left blank are not considered in the search criteria. You have to search on the variables. Set it up like this: (The “value” column is empty.) For this example, all files that do not have a value for “Title” will be […]

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EPDM Fundamentals

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Looking for a way to convince your manager that you need PDM but you know he  only responds to pretty pictures and peppy music? It’s intervention time. Tell him there are doughnuts in the conference room, get Big Larry to stand by the door to keep him inside and play this video on the projector. It’s only two minutes long, he should be able to pay attention as long as you ensure nothing shiny is in the room.

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Copy From Your Preview

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A wise man once said: “The fastest way to open a document is to not have to open it in the first place.”  When I said that, I meant  I want my data fast, if I can skip the step of having to open an application first it’s all good. I just learned today that you can copy text out of many documents right from SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM’s preview window!

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Search for Dimensions in EPDM

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Great Aunt Eleanor can do many amazing things. She can name and describe all RAID configurations, she can rewire an HDMI connection so her old black and white movies will be black and white again (she curses Ted Turner the entire time) and apparently she is the lead elf in her WOW guild…but she can’t cook. The lady can [and has] burnt water. Thus apparently it would be logical for her to buy an Indian restaurant. The nice thing about Indian […]

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Spice Up Your EPDM Web Interface

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You know the default EPDM Web interface? Kinda pretty eh? People all over the world are using it. Yet I still hear complaints: “It’s ActiveX so my users can only use Internet Explorer”, “It’s kind of plain”, “My back hurts”, “I’m only four” You wish it could do more? What’s stopping you? You can call EPDM’s APIs through ASPX pages -and because of this, I have seen some glorious EPDM web sites — dashboard graphs, quick hyperlinks… Heck with ASP, if you can […]

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Off site backups

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What are you paying for off-site backup storage? You do have off-site storage don’t you? Hey a building is just a building, but you lose your data and it is g-o-n-e! …and aren’t tapes a hassle? Trying to come up with a nice rotation schema, hoping the backups are complete before everyone comes in the next day? Here is a solution to both of these issues most of you already own. Let SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM do this work for you. […]

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