What’s new in Solidworks PDM

The new document management tools available called solidworks PDM standard.


This new tool is based on solidworks enterprise PDM has been renamed to solidworks PDM professional.


This tool is available to all Solidworks professional and premium customers.


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Now we all know it’s easier to create and change solidworks files, but keeping track of thousands of files their updates and documentation becomes impractical.


SolidWorks PDM standard is an easy to use, robust, data management tool that uses the same windows explorer interface.


This tool is included in the solidworks installation, which provides a painless upgrade path for up gradation.


Solidworks pdm is best suited for small workgroup located in a single location and whose main need is to manage CAD data.


For those who may not be familiar with the solidworks enterprise PDM, let’s take a quick look.


1. It starts with its tight integration with windows explorer.

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2. Vault is nothing more than a secure folder.

3. Files can be organized to your liking by creating subfolders.

4. Files can be quickly added to the vault using common windows techniques like dragging required files.

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5. Checking in these files makes them available to all those users who have access to the vault folder.

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6. Solidworks pdm standard recognizes the file structure.

7. The windows explorer is divided into two, providing listings at the top and several tabs at the bottom, these tabs have options like preview window, data card which provides detailed information about the file etc.

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The solidworks PDM task pane provides lot of information about the file.


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In this case it indicates that the three files are newer version in the vault, let’s check it back in, add a comment and everyone in the list will be updated with the changes made.


Finally if you ever need to go back to the previous version, its just a right click away.


Solidworks PDM is a secure way of managing and synchronizing data, allowing you to focus on innovation, while PDM takes care of the structure of the project.


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Now let’s take a look at some of the new capabilities that have been added to the new solidworks 2016.


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Looking at the data card of this assembly, you can see that there are files with various revisions this assembly was imported from solidworks PDM and has not been through the work flow. If you would run this through a workflow, the revision will be automatically set to the first revision.


For solidworks 2016, the increment revision tool has been replaced with a set revision tool.


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The set revision tool allows you to set the revision manually set the version of the document.


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Color code represents the files that have had a change in revision, and for this file which was not revised we can choose to update the data card, this is a huge time saver.


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Another ability is to sort the files by column headings, this is now supported in the check-out, check-in, contain, copy and move tree, configurations etc.


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Click the column heading to sort the files in ascending order and twice to sort them in descending order.


Notice that we can also change the size of the thumbnail, which gives a much better user experience with users having high res monitors.


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You can also change the visibility of icons, for instance you can turn off the pencil icon which shows that the edit document is not saved.


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