I hope some one can give some ideas/input on this.
We are about to set up PDM and currently store parts/assemblies (in 3 CAD software formats) in various network folder locations. We have 3 folders containing current parts, 1 containing rough work and one containing obsoletes. This is sometimes confusing to say the least, as one part may exist as a sldprt,dwg,pdf and ipt. input on how everyone manages parts/drawings in general would be great!
-Would it be better to dump all the files-regardless of issue number/type in a single folder?
-We currently use the following workflow when creating/editing drawings or parts-
1.Create sldprt /sldasm.
2.Enter configuration Specific Properties to part or assembly file.
3.Create slddrw file and link properties. For example we save a solidpart with the a 3D revision X property added, this then updates the slddrw file to show that there is a 3D version of issue X. Anytime the 3D file is updated the 2D file must be updated, theoretically the latest issue in the 2D revision box should always match the 3D Revision property. Is there a better way of setting up drawing links/properties?
4.Complete drawings are sometimes exported as DWG AND these can be edited and 'up-issued' (unfortunately) without changing the original 3D file. Is there a way to link DWG's to SLDPRT files? We have thousands of DWG files, some generated from 3D.
-Currently drawings (2D) are circulated and signed off. The 'sign off' info is then added to 3D properties and updates 2D drawing. I've been told that signing off the 2D efffectively approves the 3D in most companies. We dont as yet have a proper title block for our drawing templates-will this allow 2d properties to automatically update 3d properties?
any help /advice greatly appreciated!