8 Replies Latest reply on Jun 4, 2012 6:20 PM by Jerry Steiger

    Multi User

    Arvind Kumar

      Dear All,

       

      Is their any technique in SolidWorks such that 2 users can work on one assembly from different workstation simultaneously and save the assembly as well. I have tried multiuser environment as well. Please share your valuable experience to solve the issue. Thanks in advance.

       

      Regards,

      Arvind Kumar

        • Re: Multi User
          Jakob Steinicke

          There are no methods that allows two users to work on and save the same assembly at the same time. Only one user can have write access to the assembly.

           

          The user that needs to make changes should take write access when needed, and turn it back to read only when done.

          • Re: Multi User
            Arvind Kumar

            Any Workaround ?

            • Re: Multi User
              CHAOFENG LI

              check "collaboration" in the help.

              • Re: Multi User
                Jeff Wierengo

                If the assembly contains sub-assemblies, multiple users can have access to different sub-assemblies. Also, a second user can work on the assembly at the part level, changing / developing parts within the upper assembly.

                • Re: Multi User
                  Tim Read

                  Windows "Locks" all files that are open (with write access) so the first person to opens the Assembly with write access is the only person who can save it.

                   

                  Multiuser Enviroment setting allows users to take & give up write access (un-lock the assembly) but it is not wise to do so if they are editing the same part / assembly. The edits of the first user are saved then they "give up" write access. The second user "takes" write access and saves there edits but the first users edits and then not in the file...

                   

                  This would be the "Holy Grail" of CAD. Think of how wonderful it would be to have a "Server" with the entire assembly loaded and then "Clients" editing Sub-Assemblies / Parts in it - Live and in Real Time. Now think about how complex it would be to implement.  The assembly would have to be a database with multiple users accessing it and 'locking' only the parts of the assembly they are editing. I don't think this is possible in any CAD software at the moment.

                    • Re: Multi User
                      Jeff Wierengo

                      You are correct about the issues with the multiuser environment. Both users should not be editing the same part and need to be in close communication about who is modifying which files and any references between the files. This is not necessarily an easy thing to do but it is possible. Reloading the other users files frequently is also a plus.

                      • Re: Multi User
                        Jerry Steiger

                        Tim,

                         

                        I believe that your "Holy Grail" is one of the claims that SW makes for Cloud CAD.

                         

                        Jerry Steiger