It might not be breaking news, but PLM technology users have been awash in new licensing options lately. From monthly subscriptions to all-you-can-eat license plans, major vendors like Dassault, Autodesk, Aras, and more have been bringing new license options to the table – and end-users seem to be the real winners. Here’s a quick summary […]
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.
It’s been a little over four years since Razorleaf first wrote about DraftSight in this post about DraftSight Beta. Surprisingly, many companies are not aware of this free (or nearly free) 2D CAD package from Dassault. Given the utility of this tool for so many engineering and manufacturing users, it’s worth a second look and […]
With so many different perspectives on the BOM in today’s organizations, companies have come to expect that different departments will be creating and re-creating content to describe their products. Some will do it with Microsoft Excel, some with Microsoft Word, others with Adobe Illustrator, and others still with an alternative CAD package like AutoCAD. With […]
DraftSight, a new 2D drafting program from Dassault Systemes, is available in public beta for free, and to enterprises for a small fee (to access extended features and support). It can be downloaded here. The tool is meant to offer all of the same functionality in AutoCAD, and to read and author data in DWG […]
ENOVIA SmarTeam V5R20 was released for General Availability (GA) in February, 2010. Service Pack 1 was co-released, so effectively it can be considered part of “what’s new” in V5R20. So what is new with Dassault Systemes’ most prevalent PDM platform? New packaging (installation packaging, not the shipping boxes), new viewer capabilities, enhanced CAD support, specific […]
If you read my previous rant about why people are still designing in 2D, then this one is the next step: getting rid of the 2D authoring tools at a company. Today, there’s no reason why companies can’t make the switch – it’s just a matter of taking the time and having the willpower to do […]
Whether you’re among the ranks of Engineering or Quality, creating inspection sheets can be a real pain. InspectionXpert is a valuable tool for automating processes around inspection sheets, and worth a look if your industry requires documented inspections.
When installing the EPDM Editor client with the AutoCAD 200X* integration there can sometimes be issues with the integration menus inside the ACAD application. Reloading the client often does not resolve the issue. Doing a complete uninstall and re-install sometimes works, but not always. The ACAD integration can be added manually by following the steps […]
Enterprise PDM (EPDM) supports more than just your SolidWorks CAD platform. EPDM can handle any file type/extension inside the vault, but there are also Plug Ins and Add Ins for several popular CAD platforms. These integrations to other CAD platforms allow EPDM to successfully manage part, assembly, and drawing relationships as well as Xrefs in […]