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Configurations and ASME

Question asked by P. Farnham on Dec 8, 2012
Latest reply on Dec 12, 2012 by P. Farnham

Woop! Woop!! we have been granted the ASME stamp of approval!!


Now you may ask why am I posting it here.

The reason why, is because if using configurations we would not have been able to pass.!!

ASME is hot on revision control and configurations mess up revision control.


Let me show you:-


Make a sheet metal part with two configurations.

Make a drawing of this part using two sheets, with configuration one on sheet one and configuration two on sheet two.

Make two assemblies each having one of the configurations of the part above.

Open the part from assembly one, then open the drawing of that part.

Close the drawing, part and assembly one.

Now open assembly two, open the part from assembly two, then open the drawing of that part.

The drawing will now show that it has changed!!

Try it the other way round, ie open assembly two first.

This is normal for Solidworks apparently!!


Using Pdmworks or any document control system that relies on document change to control the revision, the next check-in ups the revision.


This is a circular reaction that should be able to be stopped.

You may say, well don't check it in then, but the whole idea in using Pdmworks is to spot any changes and to up the revision automatically.

The drawing has already flaged a change no matter what.

Note Pdmworks is not the problem here, but Solidworks.


To have to rely on memory to choose what to check in, defeats the object.

To look at different sheet metal configurations, should not invoke a document change, this is lazy programming at best.


Solidworks 2012 64 sp3.0 and sp 5.0


Be very aware!!


Can this be corrected?