Troubleshooting EPDM Permissions

Anyone who works with SolidWorks Enterprise PDM (EPDM) knows that there are multiple factors that play a role in user permissions. Sometimes it can be difficult to determine the kind of permission to apply to achieve a desired result or to find the setting that is causing an undesired behavior. So let’s dig in to the EPDM […]

EPDM Dispatch for File Renaming

SolidWorks’ Enterprise PDM (EPDM) system contains what some might call a “poor man’s API” known as the Dispatch Tool.  The Dispatch Tool allows non-programmers (those who don’t write formal code in Visual Studio.NET) to create basic programs, scripts, and functions within EPDM without having to learn a programming language.  The tool is limited in functionality […]

What's New in EPDM 2010

The 2010 version of Enterprise PDM (EPDM) was recently released by SolidWorks Corporation.  There have been a number of new features added to the product, as well as several stability enhancements.  The system requirements for EPDM 2010 can be found here.  There are so many new features in EPDM 2010 it is difficult to go into […]

64-bit Computing Goes Mainstream

It’s easy to see, standing in the electronics section of BestBuy or Sam’s Club, that 64-bit computing has finally arrived.  When lowly consumers can readily and inexpensively purchase the “next generation” technology, companies can rest assured that the time has come to upgrade, swap out, retire, or do whatever is done with last decade’s computers.  […]

EPDM and New Microsoft Servers

Microsoft’s latest set of server operating systems has been out for a while now, and many are starting to adopt them as “mainstream”.  Therefore, it is a good idea to take a look at server requirements if you are going to be purchasing SolidWorks Enterprise PDM (EPDM) or if you are going to be upgrading to […]

EPDM Workflow and Rev Blocks

The SolidWorks Enterprise PDM (EPDM) workflow can be used to automatically show revision history by populating the revision block table on your drawings.  By configuring a set of variables to hold current and past revision information, and setting those variables in a workflow process, you can free designers from the tedious process of putting revision […]

Creating New Project Templates in EPDM

One of the greatest features of the EPDM software is the ability to create Folder and Data structures from a template.  This template can be used to collect information from the user and then carry this information down through the project folder structure.  It can also be used to populate files with this metadata.  There […]