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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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SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard vs. PDM Professional, Which is best for you?

[fa icon="calendar'] March 09, 2017 / by Steve Ostrovsky posted in SOLIDWORKS

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In this week’s Three Minute Thursday, we’ll review the key differences between SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard and PDM Professional. We’ll look at the Administration, user experience, underlying database, reporting and more.

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Auto Check-In to SOLIDWORKS PDM Pro with Dispatch

[fa icon="calendar'] February 02, 2017 / by Steve Ostrovsky posted in SOLIDWORKS

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On our various PDM travels, we almost always encounter users who forget to check documents into the vault. This leaves those documents only available to the user who placed them into the vault. By utilizing Dispatch, PDM Admins can ensure that important documents are automatically checked in when users drag/drop or copy/paste documents into the vault. 

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