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Three Minute Thursday: PDM Admin: Setting up Bill of Materials

[fa icon="calendar'] May 10, 2018 / by Steve Ostrovsky posted in Manufacturing, SOLIDWORKS, Three Minute Thursday

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Steve Ostrovsky, TPM Application Engineer

If you’re struggling with generating your Bills of Materials, in this Three Minute Thursday, we’ll quickly demonstrate how to setup a Bill of Material column set and define quick Group Permissions in SolidWorks PDM. Just the first step in working BOMs in SolidWorks PDM. More to come....

 

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SolidWorks Manage - Project Management Webinar

[fa icon="calendar'] May 03, 2018 / by Steve Ostrovsky posted in Manufacturing, SOLIDWORKS

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In this SolidWorks Manage webinar, we’re going to focus on the Project Management component of the tool. We will cover creating different projects and how they can be setup.

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Three Minute Thursday: Troubleshooting A Corrupt Assembly

[fa icon="calendar'] March 29, 2018 / by Steve Ostrovsky posted in SOLIDWORKS, Three Minute Thursday

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Steve Ostrovsky, TPM Application Engineer

We’ve taken lots of support calls where users will get various messages stating their model is corrupt and to contact technical support. Many times, it’s an assembly that’s crashing but the problem isn’t actually with the assembly – it’s somewhere in the inserted parts and sub-assemblies. How do you find that one corrupt part that’s causing your assembly to crash?

In this video, we’ll demonstrate how to use the File > Open dialog by creating a new Assembly Configuration that only shows the assembly tree structure with all of the components suppressed. Once you have this, then you can simply unsuppress each component one by one until you uncover the culprit.

What do you do when you find that part file that’s causing all these problems? You have 3 options:

  1. Go find a backup of the model. If you’re using a PDM tool that should, hopefully, be an easy task. If you’re not, you might have your SolidWorks backup settings creating these for you.
  2. Send the offending model to us for review and we can submit to SolidWorks for repair. I’ve seen everything from a simple part to more complex assemblies and drawings get fixed this way. It can take a few days for this process, but it might be worth the wait.
  3. Recreate it. Last option but sometimes the only option.

Lastly, one of the first questions we ask when someone sends up a support request like this is “Are working across the network?” Networks are very busy at times and the way they handle ALL files can cause file corruption. Stop working across the network, get a PDM tool and you’ll put in a very good preventative mesasure.

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Three Minute Thursday: SolidWorks Prank via Settings

[fa icon="calendar'] January 18, 2018 / by Steve Ostrovsky posted in SOLIDWORKS, Three Minute Thursday

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In today's Three Minute Thursday you will learn how to configure SolidWorks to prank your fellow users. 

Join in on the fun and follow along in today's video.

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Magnetic Mates More Magic in SOLIDWORKS

[fa icon="calendar'] December 15, 2017 / by Steve Ostrovsky posted in SOLIDWORKS, Three Minute Thursday

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Welcome to TPM's Three Minute Thursday. In Tricks of Mating Part Three (here's part one, and part two for reference), I showed the  power of magnetic mates in applications  like facility layout. Today I'll show how  to leverage magnetic mates for rapid  assembly and repositioning and  applications without ground planes.

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PDM Branch and Merge Project

[fa icon="calendar'] December 07, 2017 / by Steve Ostrovsky posted in SOLIDWORKS, Three Minute Thursday

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In today's Three Minute Thursday, we're walking you through an exciting new feature in SolidWorks 2018 called Branch and Merge. In this scenario, we want to make a few design iterations of the protective guard in the support frame.


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SolidWorks PDM: Data Card Tab Controls

[fa icon="calendar'] November 17, 2017 / by Steve Ostrovsky posted in SOLIDWORKS

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In many of our PDM implementations, we get asked if there are ways to share Data Cards across different types of files that share the same file extension and the same folder structures. In the following video, we'll demonstrate how to set up your Tab Controls to make this happen.


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4 FeatureManager Features Every SOLIDWORKS User Should Know

[fa icon="calendar'] July 27, 2017 / by Steve Ostrovsky posted in SOLIDWORKS

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Every SOLIDWORKS user spends an inordinate amount of time touching, playing with and maybe even arguing with the FeatureManager for parts, assemblies and drawings. It may be one of those areas in SOLIDWORKS that we all take for granted and muddle our way through its use. Today, I’d like to show my top 4 features of the FeatureManager (FM) that I believe everyone should know.

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SOLIDWORKS PDM Workflow Conditions: Checks and Validation

[fa icon="calendar'] June 22, 2017 / by Steve Ostrovsky posted in SOLIDWORKS

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In this week’s Three Minute Thursday, we’re learning how to check and validate documents via workflow transitions. Using conditional statements, we’ll show how to make sure fields like Description, Weight, and Finish are not empty before documents are moved through workflow. We'll also discuss how to verify that a Safety Engineer is assigned before sending an EC Request through the Safety checks.

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Creating and Managing Custom Material Databases in SOLIDWORKS

[fa icon="calendar'] May 11, 2017 / by Steve Ostrovsky posted in SOLIDWORKS

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In this week’s Three Minute Thursday, we’re going to show you how to create and manage your custom material databases in SOLIDWORKS. You’ll want to start by looking at your Tools > Options > File Locations > Material Databases path and set it to a network or PDM folder. Make sure it’s a common location for all users to access.

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