Understanding Users, Groups, Roles, and Permissions in Autodesk PLM 360

As an Autodesk PLM 360 administrator, if you have ever struggled with getting the proper access to the proper users, you are not alone. Setting up user security takes some time, but it can take much longer without a good understanding of how all the elements of the security model work together. In this video, […]

DSLS Distributed License Stacking Behavior

Dassault’s primary license server, DSLS, has some pretty interesting features, but we just ran into one that could be applicable in a number of situations. DSLS is capable of stacking licenses from more than one license server at the request of a single client. DSLS’s license stacking feature is documented in the manual (around page […]

Autodesk PLM 360 Workflow Notifications

Prior to the September 2014 release of Autodesk PLM 360, setting up workflow notifications was not very intuitive. Thanks to some enhancements in that month’s release, workflow notifications are quite a bit easier to configure now. However, there are still some nuances you might not realize with regard to the interrelationships between the ‘My Outstanding Work’ function, workflow notifications, […]

SolidWorks Modeling for Automation: The Mate Debate

SolidWorks assembly mates are a powerful 3D design capability, but they are often take for granted. Designers expect them to work every time, all the time, even when mating information isn’t 100% clear to the software. If you’re using SolidWorks assembly mates in a design automation scenario, and you’re experiencing some frustration with SolidWorks’ behavior, […]

What is XML?

What is XML? Maybe you’ve found yourself asking that question at some point in time. To some, it’s just another meaningless acronym. To others, whether knowingly or not, it’s a key technology that they use every day. Today we’re going to give you the skinny on XML. Not just that, we’re also going to fill […]

Invisible, Selectable, Dangling Dimensions

Every software is bound to have its idiosyncrasies, and SolidWorks is no exception. One that we have experienced recently involves working with drawings that have dangling dimensions. DriveWorks automations will frequently leave unneeded dimensions dangling on a drawing, and that’s not a problem (they’re unnecessary anyway, right?). But when they are invisible yet still selectable, […]

PLM 360 Best Practice: Syncing Field Names and IDs

Working with Autodesk PLM 360 over time, we at Razorleaf have developed a number of best practices that apply to any company utilizing the tool. Even though many of these best practices are simple, they can have a great impact on efficiency during an implementation project — from planning to deployment through maintaining the system. […]

DraftSight Enterprise PDM Integration

If you haven’t heard of it yet, and you use AutoCAD from Autodesk, you should learn a bit about DraftSight. In particular, if you use Enterprise PDM to manage DWG or DXF files, it is definitely time to give DraftSight another look, because SolidWorks now offers an integration between DraftSight and EPDM.

Aras Innovator Activity Variables in Workflow

Workflow processes in Aras Innovator can have their own metadata (in addition to tasks, voting details, an electronic signature, and the metadata of routed content). This workflow-specific metadata is in the form of activity variables, which can be defined by the administrator on a per-process-type basis. Aras Innovator workflow activity variables can be used for […]