SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional is fantastic for managing your CAD workflows, revisions and history, but we often find ourselves wanting to accomplish more than just CAD file management. With SOLIDWORKS Manage, we can capture processes that go beyond the documents themselves, or do not have documents at all. We can also track and maintain additional steps to our processes that do not need to involve your typical engineering personnel. This helps us pull every department into one interface that is visible to all.
Articles by Chris Cook
SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional provides the SOLIDWORKS CAD community a robust, highly configurable environment to manage your complex CAD documents, inform your colleagues of changes, and automate the creation of deliverables, like PDF drawings, neutral CAD formats for manufacturing, and bills of materials (BOMs) for operations and other business systems. The best business solutions focus on their specific strengths, foregoing feature sets outside their sphere of expertise. Finding the best solution for each challenge can be daunting. We will dive into a few common challenges faced by our SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional community and some solutions to tackle them effectively.
Every year with the new release of SOLIDWORKS comes new system requirements. It ensures that all products take advantage of new development in technology. This year for SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional and SOLIDWORKS MANAGE, there have been two announcements that we want to bring to your attention so you can be prepared:
Are you interested in leveraging your business systems on the web? The HAWKWARE team has developed a REST API to help you utilize your business systems from one web browser to the next. In this webinar recording, led by HAWKWARE software developers, Chris Cook and Jesse Seger, learn how the HAWKWARE API can enhance your business communications by utilizing multiple platforms from a familiar web interface. You'll get a perspective of the possibilities between your SOLIDWORKS PDM Vault, ERP, CRM, and more.
SOLIDWORKS does not synchronize property values between models and drawings on its own. For example, if a drawing note or field uses the $PRPSHEET method to link to a model property, the value present at the time the drawing is saved is cached inside the drawing. This is viewable in eDrawings. If the linked model property is changed while the drawing is closed, the new value will not be viewable in eDrawings. The eDrawings viewer can only access the properties of the immediate document it is viewing. To get these model properties to stick in the drawings we either need to make sure we always have the model and drawing open and editable at the same time, or employ an outside method of synchronization.