A quick way to make your PDM files dirty

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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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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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Free SOLIDWORKS Training – Upgrading SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM to 2013

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Join us on April 22, 2013 from 2pm-3:30pm Central Time for this virtual training event.  There is no cost to attend this presentation. This is a lecture style class covering how to upgrade your SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM server, web viewer, and clients.  Also, you will learn some basics regarding the Workgroup architecture and get an opportunity to ask the experts questions about your Workgroup implementation.  Space is limited – Register NOW The following items will be covered: General review of […]

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Ten Strategies for Becoming an Effective CAD Leader – Part 8

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Strategy 8: Manage product design data efficiently Using CAD tools to design innovative, error-free products will get you only partway to your goal. An effective CAD leader realizes that creating solid models is only the beginning. How well you manage, leverage, and utilize product design data will determine the overall productivity of both your development process and manufacturing enterprise. In the past, product data management (PDM) was more product document management. Engineering organizations managed documents—paper drawings—within large cabinets using elaborate […]

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Ten Strategies for Becoming an Effective CAD Leader – Part 5

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Strategy 5: Focus on continuous quality improvement Continuous quality improvement is the mantra of many manufacturing organizations. It is also a primary focus of effective CAD leaders. Your CAD system can have a significant impact on the quality of the products that you design, the efficiency of your development processes, and the ramifications of your work on downstream operations. How well your CAD tools help you eliminate design errors, maximize productivity, and foster innovation will determine the size of your […]

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Ten Strategies for Becoming an Effective CAD Leader – Part 4

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Strategy 4: Foster collaboration and innovation A rising challenge for many design and engineering managers is how to supervise interaction among the growing number of players in today’s product development environment. Because innovation has become an increasingly critical factor for manufacturing success in a global economy, more and more contributors, each bringing different areas of specialization, are now becoming involved in the process. While manufacturers once handled the bulk of product development—both design and manufacturing—in-house, many now work closely with […]

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Ten Strategies for Becoming an Effective CAD Leader – Part 3

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Strategy 3: Maximize integration and automation Rooting out redundancy, duplication, and waste is the clarion call of effective CAD leadership. No single product development operation should be performed more than once, and no one should ever have to rebuild an existing model. Any time that design data has to be converted or translated creates opportunities for error. You can minimize the potential for costly errors and eliminate redundant processes by maximizing your use of integrated applications and leveraging automated approaches […]

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Discussion – The role of the CIO

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CATI aims to provide solutions that reduce cost and provide time and material savings for our customers.  Often times, our solutions are pretty easy to justify:  If it takes someone a week to design and document a product using SolidWorks versus 4 weeks in traditional 2D tools…well, it's easy to see how this will pay for itself in time. One of the more difficult items on which to put a price tag is risk…how does one assess risk?  A customer […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2012 Last Release to Support Windows XP

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With the upcoming release of SOLIDWORKS 2012 another one of the questions that we get a lot is how long will SOLIDWORKS continue to support the Windows XP operating system. Last week we did see the official word go out that SOLIDWORKS 2012 software (including CAD, Simulation, Sustainability, and Enterprise PDM) will be the last release that supports Windows XP.  The reason for this to follow up to Microsoft’s retirement of the Windows® XP operating system in April of 2009. […]

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