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A common question I receive is, "How do I get SOLIDWORKS to call out holes the way the shop floor wants them?" Let’s begin by clearly defining how SOLIDWORKS hole callouts work. When you click on the Hole Callout button in a SOLIDWORKS drawing, it does a lookup to the file location in tools, options, document properties Hole Callout Format File. SOLIDWORKS is hardcoded to look for a file named calloutformat.txt in this location.
SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard is a great data management tool included with SOLIDWORKS Professional. It’s built on an SQL Express database, which unfortunately means there are no automated maintenance plans in SQL Studio Manager. This makes automating the SQL backup procedure more difficult, but as I’ll explain in this article, it is possible.
Conditional notifications allow PDM admins to set up notifications that only send when they meet a specified criteria. Explore use cases in this guide. There are several scenarios to consider.
There are many ways to convert DWG files into SOLIDWORKS, but I’ll show you my favorite. I’ve shown this in a number of my training classes over the years, but I thought it was about time to put it into a blog.