I am at the point in a project where custom parts are begining to be purchased, as parts go out to be made, and the design process continues (tight deadline, design is not done) is there a way to protect the files from being altered?
Have you looked into a PDM system?
Solidworks offers a free one with a professional or premium version.
other than a PDM system, you could go through windows and set the files to read-only
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