PDM Pro Droplists Connected to Excel

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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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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 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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