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    SOLIDWORKS, PDM

    How to Use the PDM File Version Upgrade Tool

    June 26, 2020

    When upgrading SOLIDWORKS and PDM applications to a new version, your existing files remain at the version in which they were created. If they remain this way, it will create delays when opening and reading these files since they will be undergoing conversions when opening. This can be seen as slow system performance, but luckily this doesn't have to remain an issue. In this article, we look at three ways in which you can upgrade your files to their latest version in SOLIDWORKS.

    SOLIDWORKS, PDM

    The Case Against Intelligent Part Numbers

    March 9, 2020

    Part numbers are used to identify and catalog different items. Intelligent part numbers are used to capture and display further descriptive characteristics of each unique item. Intelligent part numbers were developed at a time when storage databases were very expensive and not very prevalent. To recognize and understand the definition of a given part number, the number itself was defined using a descriptive meaning in each character or set of characters that make up the part number. Here is an example of an intelligent part number and its meaning.

    SOLIDWORKS, PDM

    PDM Cache Options and User Settings

    December 3, 2019

    As a user of SOLIDWORKS PDM, the majority of the functionalities available to you are controlled by permissions set by the system administrator. The Cache Options and User Settings are two PDM controls, that if given the permission, users can self-manage the ways that checked-out, checked-in and reference files are handled on their local computer.

    SOLIDWORKS, PDM

    PDM Column Views: How to Create and Share with Your Team

    October 25, 2019

    Have you ever wondered, “how do I change the information displayed about the files in the SOLIDWORKS PDM Vault view?” Maybe you’d like to see the information that’s available on the data card, but it’s not shown in the file view or a different set of information on the Bill of Materials than what’s shown. SOLIDWORKS PDM displays the information that you see about the files in the vault using COLUMNS.

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD

    5 Reasons Surface Modeling Is A Needed Skill

    August 24, 2018

    Rather than viewing your SOLIDWORKS designs as a wireframe model you have the ability to view them as a solid-appearing object. This makes it possible for users to look at an object at specific angels with solid surfaces. But that's not the only reason why surface modeling is important. Read on to discover why we have surface modeling and the top five reasons it's a needed skill.

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

    Transfer & Activate A SOLIDWORKS Standalone License

    August 11, 2016

    In this blog post, you will learn how to activate a standalone license and quickly move it from your old computer to your current computer.