Stop Designing with Obsolete Files

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Found an interesting letter in the mail bag this morning: Dear Engineering Specialist Man,  Due to your continued brilliance in SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM, I am compelled to question you yet again.  I’m trying to hide components in a particular state from users, but I want them to be available to open when required in an assembly. Is there a way to do that? The application is purchased components that are discontinued. We still need them for legacy assemblies, but I […]

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Delayed State Notification for Yearly Review Documents

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When SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM 2013’s new “Delayed State Notification” function first came out, I imagined it being used to watch for bottle necks in the file’s life-cycle. In sort, a way to keep documents from sitting on someone’s “desk” for too long and being forgotten. I recently was working with a company whose ISO procedures required them to review certain documents on a yearly basis. Cake. Now management is alerted automatically by EPDM when a file needs reviewed.

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What Can’t You Design In SolidWorks? #2

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RC Hovercraft #2 – SolidWorks To review, I had 4 main design criteria for the Remote Control Hover Craft. Utilize the SOLIDWORKS and SOLIDWORKS Simulation Suite of software to develop and optimize the hovercraft design. The RC Hovercraft’s main components will be 3D Printed using the Stratasys UPrint. Easy to Assemble. I want to make the assembly as easy and as straight forward as possible with concise instructions. For purchases components, use low cost, off the shelf components including the […]

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Workflow and Specification Flow

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A little more than a year ago, with DriveWorks 7, DriveWorks introduced Specification Flow. Many people rejoiced, many were confused. I had several people ask why they would need specification flow when they already had workflow through their PDM. At first glance, many Enterprise PDM users assume the two functionalities overlap…their interfaces look rather similar and they both have similar sounding names, but actually they [can] have completely different functions because they fit in different areas of your company’s order timeline. DriveWorks’ specification flow […]

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What am I supposed to ignore?

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After all of these years of Great Aunt Eleanor giving me the silent treatment, you would think I would be the world expert on being ignored. However it has always been hard for me to remember how SOLIDWORKS Enterprise’s “Ignore permissions in previous states” option works. The help file leads you to believe it is a simple issue -basically saying when this option is off, EPDM will remember and use the rights from previous states. In reality, it is much more complex. What makes […]

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Backing up a revision

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When you are the Data Specialist Man, the world is your stage. Here is a little excerpt from a screen play I am writing for an upcoming movie, tentatively titled: “SolidWorks Enterprise PDM – The Movie” The scene opens with our hero [me] teaching an EPDM administrator training class. [Me] Now that the file is in your “Released” workflow state, it is read only for everyone, the only way it can be changed is to push the file through the workflow again, making a new revision. […]

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“What If?” Workflow Workaround

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Today’s blog entry is for experienced SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM users only. If you are not an experienced EPDM user, please go back and continue reading your Fox Trot cartoons. Everyone loves SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM’s workflows. However some feel there is one weakness: If you have a file in a released/approved state, it is typically read-only. Doing “what if” type scenarios is very difficult because you can’t save your work! Until today all the workarounds I have seen were rather cumbersome. Friends, Romans, countrymen, keep your […]

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