What things have you done with PDM that you think are pretty cool? Would be great to hear what has been achieved and maybe be able to incorporate it into other's PDM system.
Auto creation of wall corner guard/wall guards (think hospital hallways), and door kick plate models and drawings. This allowed our intern to go through the customers list every week and see if the files were already done, or if he needed to do a copy tree of the files --> auto created the DXFs for punching/laser. This was all done through the search/data cards. Saved us tons of tedious work, and kept the intern somewhat busy.
Auto creation of lens styles between plano/concave/convex surfaces...plus reticle patterns, all driven through the data card. Creating PDFs for multiple groups with different information relevant to those groups.
Populating the drawings with customer/job titles through folder variables. Creating the folder structure for organizing files for customers/jobs. Auto populating finishes/colors/tolerances/materials with alias lists in the data cards. Most of all....just plain old saving time and being organized.
Using SSRS reports with PDM
Automatic workflows that move documents when a control variable is changed.
Daily release reports. Events in PDM trigger logs for automated manipulations:
SSRS web facing drill through PDM Dashboards. We set them up for all our clients, super affordable, renewable, and scalable. Plus we use equivaQ ATLAS (in the Apple and Google app stores) for mobile PDM reporting.
equivaQ ATLAS on the App Store
Believe in The Q!
Solidworks files released via workflow automatically create & send PDF copies & DXF profiles to ERP system outside of vault, instantly ready to be printed with a router/sent to cutter.
SolidWorks PDM Task Log. From this log I can click on link to Batch print all exported PDF with PDF-XChangeViewer and with adobe script add some additional info into pdf drawing who and when last printed.
I think it's cool that the software is pretty much the same as it was in 2008 when I started using it /End Sarcasm
Software inertia, right?
Ha! Nice... best comment evarr!
Basically for revision control
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