The engineering team has finally completed the preliminary version of a complex assembly and has pushed the design to the Prototype Review State in SOLIDWORKS PDM. Now, you want to get a head start on creating the technical documentation so that the documentation is ready at the same time the design is ready for the final release.
Congratulations on completing your PDM Standard Jumpstart, or PDM Professional services here with GoEngineer! Please keep this documentation with you to help install the remaining PDM clients and configure all the additional components. Throughout this document are links that lead to additional information on that topic. That information is valuable; this document serves to help organize that information in a logical and consistent manner without the need to redo the existing content.
SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard is a great data management tool included with SOLIDWORKS Professional and SOLIDWORKS Premium. However, it is built on an SQL Express database, which unfortunately means there are no automated maintenance plans in SQL Server Management Studio. This makes automating the SQL backup procedure more difficult, but, as we will explain in this document, it is possible.
As a designer, I would regularly work on a part file with multiple SOLIDWORKS configurations and would need to get a particular configuration exported to STEP for manufacturing. I also wanted another version to send to the customer, but only the model with the features they requested. To do this, we need to ensure that only the active configuration information is saved into a completely new part.
It can be easy to misunderstand the differences between registering and activating your SOLIDWORKS products. In this product guide, we'll break down the difference. Registration links your information to the SOLIDWORKS database to provide support and is done through the SOLIDWORKS website.
In addition to the new Stratasys launch of its new F123 series 3D printers, Stratasys has also launched another product; GrabCAD Print and GrabCAD Print SOLIDWORKS Add-in. GrabCAD for SOLIDWORKS allows users to skip the extra step of saving to an STL, and is the perfect add-in for designers and engineers to rapidly develop prototypes.