What's the future going to be for these SE files?
Will you be designing with them in SE? Are they just going to be stored in EPDM as reference?
How will they be used?
The SE files will reside in the Vault until they come up for change at which time they will be converted to Solid Works.
If you leave the files in a structure that SE can resolve references, you will get contains and where used information.
If you honestly don't even care about that...7000 files isn't really that many, it doesn't matter when you merge them. Toss them in and enjoy!
Hard to believe you wouldn't want the references if you could have them though?
I recommend experimenting with some small assemblies, throw them into EPDM different ways and learn the most efficient method. If SE can resolve the references, EPDM will be able to. [The logic of how the references are resolved is exactly the same, because EPDM opens the SE application (hidden - watch your taskmanager) and asks SE to calculate the references.]
Remember, EPDM has to open SE files any time you need to move or rename files, so it is pretty slow at maintaining references compared to other CAD formats. You'll likely be happier if you don't have to move files around after you put them into EPDM.
Where did you get the information that the SolidEdge references will be broken? Unless you no longer have SolidEdge, or do not want to keep SolidEdge and only want to work on them in SolidWorks.
Also If you need assistance in migrating the files, we would love to help you out. Not trying to give a sales pitch, I just do not want you to have to be stuck with bad files and data if you do not need to.
the files refernces are only one part of bring the files into EPDM, you also want to consider Mapping Custom Properte, setting the Revision correcty, The State of the files as it relates to your business process, i.e. Released, Appreoved, Work In Progress, In Check, etc..
Please check out our website, if you are interested. We would be happy to give you a no cost quote.
Hi Kip and Jeff,
I'm sorry if I mislead you. I should have said "constraints" instead of "links". I converted an assembly to Solid Works and the constraints are no longer there. Is it true that version 2013 fixes this? We're running 20120 sp 5. I was told by our VAR that you can't put 2013 on windows XP (our support team in India is running XP).
No problem at all,
It is true that 2013 of SolidWorks AND EPDM will NOT install on XP boxes.
I would say to check with you VAR about the constraints in 2013, but if you have XP machines, you are out of luck.
By contraints, do you mean SW assembly mates?
If so, no, upgrading to SW 2013 isn't going to help you. The import tool won't do mates in assemblies.