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5 Ways PDM Can Help You Succeed Through Design Reuse

The Alignex Team on September 12, 2019 at 11:30 AM

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How often do you find yourself spending valuable time searching for a model or a file? Have you ever had to recreate a model because you could not find the original? Have you ever spent time creating a design only to discover later that one of your colleagues had previously modeled a similar design that would have met your needs? If you are not using an integrated product data management (PDM) system, chances are you can relate to these scenarios.

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How to Automate Your PDFs in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional

Blake Hartje on July 25, 2019 at 11:30 AM

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One of the most common deliverables for companies is a PDF of their SOLIDWORKS drawing.  For many people out there, the creation of a PDF is a manual process involving a tedious amount of steps, even for those that have PDM!  Let’s add some automation to our PDM workflow to automatically create a PDF of our SOLIDWORKS Drawing!  Despite having the Create PDF task already set up within PDM, there are many of us that are left scratching our heads as to why the PDF doesn’t get an updated data card!  As a solution to these problems, we will highlight the steps to create a PDF data card, create a PDF task, add the task to our workflow, and link variables from our SLDDRW data card to our new PDF card.

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SOLIDWORKS Tech Alert: End-of-Life for Windows Server 2012 R2

The Alignex Team on May 9, 2019 at 11:30 AM

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This alert is to let you know about changes to system requirements coming with the next version of SOLIDWORKS. 

SOLIDWORKS 2019 SP5 will be the last release to support the Windows Server 2012 R2 operating system. This means that SOLIDWORKS 2020 products including PDM will not install on Windows Server 2012 R2.

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DXF/DWG Task Functionality in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2019

Josh Seda on January 10, 2019 at 11:30 AM

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With the 2019 release, SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional is now able to support DWG and DXF file creation for sheet metal files requiring a flat pattern output using the Convert Task in PDM. This option has long been asked for by PDM users. Various workarounds have been used with mediocre success, less than impressive outputs or complex configuration requirements that make the manual output method just as appealing.

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An Important Technical Advisory on Updating SOLIDWORKS PDM

Josh Seda on January 2, 2019 at 11:30 AM

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The purpose of this technical advisory is to educate companies on the proper process for upgrading SOLIDWORKS Product Data Management (PDM) in an environment which includes both CAD and PDM. Furthermore this will cover upgrading both Standard and Professional versions with a focus to the latest 2019 version.

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Navigate Your Data Like Never Before with SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional

The Alignex Team on October 1, 2018 at 11:30 AM

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SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional is a powerful tool that helps define, organize and publish product manufacturing data. It guides the manufacturing process directly in 3D, which helps streamline production, cut cycle time, reduce errors and support industry standards.

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The Who, What, When, Why of Product Data Management (PDM)

Mike Lamora on August 23, 2018 at 11:30 AM

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I meet with at least one or two customers a week in regard to Product Data Management. Each customer has unique goals or challenges important to them, but some of these recurring topics I hear on a weekly basis.

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3 Examples of How PDM Workflows Save You Time

The Alignex Team on July 12, 2018 at 11:30 AM

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One of the most beneficial and commonly used automated processes of SOLIDWORKS PDM workflows is the ability to send notifications to the right people throughout the different stages of product development.

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8 Ways SOLIDWORKS PDM Solutions Help You Better Control Your Data

The Alignex Team on May 24, 2018 at 8:56 AM

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If you are part of any sort of complex design work, I'm sure you have the same problem everyone else does—you are up to your eyeballs in data. Without a proper system in place, it can be difficult to efficiently communicate a project's workflow between all involved parties. That's where SOLIDWORKS PDM solutions comes in handy. Find the files you're looking for, collaborate in real time, stay compliant and reduce liability with just a click of a button.

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How Branch & Merge Integration Takes SOLIDWORKS PDM to the Next Level

The Alignex Team on January 18, 2018 at 11:30 AM

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Every year SOLIDWORKS adds new features to their product lines that aim to make your job easier. This year, SOLIDWORKS PDM 2018 adds Branch & Merge and Table Integration, allowing you to manage your data better than ever before.

This video outlines what these new features mean for you, as well as how you can use them today to make your production processes faster and smarter. 

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