5 Replies Latest reply on Sep 19, 2016 11:08 AM by Chris Oxford

    "This file needs to be rebuilt" in EPDM Viewer

    Stephen Reed

      We have been using EPDM for more than a year now and have always seen the above message on many drawings (see attachement).  We can't see any difference in the preview and the actual file.  This wasn't much concern among the engineering group, however, as more and more people outside the department gain access, this is causing many to question the reliability of the data.

       

      Does anyone know what is causing this and how do we remedy the problem.  Is there any real difference between the preview and the actual model? In other words, is the data really unreliable as this warning seems to indicate?

       

      Thanks,

      Steve

       

      SW2012 Pro sp5

      EPDM 2015 sp5

        • Re: "This file needs to be rebuilt" in EPDM Viewer
          Jason Spansel

          Solution Id:

          S-042339

          Product:

          SolidWorks 2010 Enterprise Beta

          Created:

          9/23/2009

          Technically Reviewed Date:

          10/8/2014

          Area:

          PDMWorks Enterprise

          Sub-Area:

          Preview

          Question:

           

          What does the warning "This file needs to be rebuilt in SolidWorks" mean when previewing a drawing or assembly in Enterprise PDM 2010?

           

          Answer:

           

          If the drawing being previewed contains components with newer model changes / updates than were present the last time the drawing was saved a warning will show in the preview saying, "This file needs to be rebuilt in SolidWorks".  This is an indication the drawing you are viewing is out of date.

           

          To correct the drawing, check it out, open in SolidWorks, rebuild, save and check it in.

           

          The warnings are similar to the "file is not rebuilt" warnings found in check out, check in, change state reference dialogs. See knowledge base solution S-035722.

           

           

          And if still getting the message after:

           

          Solution Id:

          S-045064

          Product:

          SolidWorks Enterprise PDM 2010 CAD Editor

          Created:

          12/16/2009

          Technically Reviewed Date:

          9/23/2014

          Area:

          PDMWorks Enterprise

          Sub-Area:

          Reference Management

          Question:

           

          What can cause the warning "file is not rebuilt" to persist in SOLIDWORKS® Enterprise PDM  even when the file has been rebuilt?

           

          Answer:

           

          See S-035722 for a detailed explanation of the meaning of "file is not rebuilt".

           

          In some cases, the Reference Date for some references is stored as a null value.  To check for this, when the warning for file is not rebuilt is shown, click on the warning.  This will display a dialog listing the references that are causing the warning.  In the Reference Date column, notice that the date is 1970-01-31-00:00:00.  To resolve this warning, each file listed in this warning with the null date value of 1970 needs to be opened and saved.  Then the assembly can be resaved and checked in without this warning. Note that a Rebuild operation in SOLIDWORKS is not needed, just a save.

           

          • Re: "This file needs to be rebuilt" in EPDM Viewer
            Stephen Reed

            Jason: Thanks for your answer.  It is not what I was hoping for, however.  I take it to mean if a part that is used in 100 assemblies is revised, then all 100 assemblies will show this warning until checked out, opened, rebuilt and checked back in.  What a pain in the ***. 

             

            It appears that opening and printing from within SolidWorks will give an accurate drawing.  Our problem is that several people only have a "Viewer" license and can only work with the preview window or eDrawings.  These are the ones questioning the reliability of what they are seeing and perhaps, rightly so.

             

            Since we literally have hundreds of drawings showing this warning, is there a way to batch process these?  Maybe even turning off the warning might be desirable.

             

            Adrian, I liked your answer.  Providing a warning without a solution is useless and annoying.

              • Re: "This file needs to be rebuilt" in EPDM Viewer
                Chris Oxford

                Well exactly. And a huge impediment to shifting to model-based production documentation. Using eDrawings on the production floor, all documentation is live (does not freeze revisions), so any component update would show up immediately, even if it breaks mates and flips parts around in certain places.

                 

                Total deal breaker. Need to be able to freeze documentation, and work on it in background before releasing it.

                 

                What am I missing?