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Linking .dxf files to .sldprt files on vault

Question asked by Ian Russell on Aug 20, 2009
Latest reply on Aug 21, 2009 by Jiral Parikh

Hi all,


     Our company uses dxf files for cutting parts on our waterjet.  Typically the part is drawn in Solidworks then exported to dxf files when it is ready for cutting.  Currently, we manually check in these dxf files to the vault as attachments to their corresponding sldprt file.  However, whenever we update an existing part, we have to recreate the dxf and overwrite the old one on the vault.  This is time consuming and has led to outdated part's being cut.  Our waterjet operator has access to the vault via Workgroup PDM Contributor and uses the server solely for checking out dxf's.


     I was wondering if there was a way to link a dxf to a slddrw file so that they automatically update when the drawing is changed.  Perhaps a macro that automatically creates a dxf from a slddrw and checks in both of them into a specified project on the vault?  I have very little experience with API and limited coding knowledge.  Thanks for any help you can give.


Ian R