I think you can achieve this.
- Please store the templates in a folder on the users machine.
- Change the file locations to use these templates in SolidWorks,tools, options, change the type by document templates, Browse the folders.
- Upon adding this, Click on File>New> Click on the advanced tab in the window. And the added tempates should list there.
- When user double clicks it. Based on the file template it will generate the serial number.
Hope this helps.
I'm not referring to file templates such as are normally used by SW, ie XX.PRTDOT or XXX.ASMDOT. These are simply prototype files that are not specifically related to or linked to EPDM.
What I'm talking about is what EPDM calls 'Templates', which are in fact programmable routines creatable within EPDM that allow for the automation of creating new CAD files, the use of input forms called 'Template Cards' which are driven by 'Template Variables' and which associate a particular 'Serial Number' component with a specified file folder, all accessed by means of custom menu items that are available only from a context menu within the Windows Explorer interface of EPDM. My hope is that there may be some way for these custom menus to be made available within SW possibly by appending them to the existing SW menu structure.
I think the best you can do without some custom programming is to teach your users to use the File -> Open dialog box inside SolidWorks when they need to use an EPDM template to create a new SolidWorks file. The File -> Open dialog allows you access to the right mouse EPDM menu items.
Thank you, Wayne... that's brilliant!
I never thought of using the File Open. It's kind of like opening a file that doesn't exist, but creating the file using the template in the process, so that when you actually perform the File/Open the file does exist.
I think my guys can wrap their brains around that..