Product Data Management (aka idea-lockers) – A Simple Explanation Here at Hawk Ridge Systems, our customers design some of the most complex and amazing products and systems in the world. We provide engineering tools and services to those companies, and while they’re some of the most user-friendly tools on the market, those tools can beRead the Rest…
When working with SOLIDWORKS files outside of any PDM system, it is very common to want to manage the revisions of your files by manually setting the custom property values. However, when importing SOLIDWORKS files into EPDM, the database needs to be taken into consideration as EPDM does not automatically sync the custom property values to the database unless you build in the logic to do so. For instance, if you just added legacy files with existing revisions to your normal production workflow, EPDM would treat them as any new file, ignore any manually set revision, and then when it came time to stamp the revision, it would simply start at the beginning.
It is sometimes desired to have the option to remove the “SolidWorks Enterprise PDM” tab from the templates menu when you perform a “File > New” operation in SOLIDWORKS. The reason that tab appears is because the Administrator of your EPDM vault has given the user permission to use the EPDM template in the right-click menu.
Dispatch is a very powerful EPDM tool which can be used for a variety of file specific operations. A very common need for the Vault would be an easy way to rename large amounts of SOLIDWORKS files based on certain data card values, and/or user inputs. This can be very easily accomplished with the use of a dispatch script. In the following example, I will explain the logic behind creating a working script to rename SOLIDWORKS files based off of a data card value.