I have been a Solidworks user for years, but I am going to move into the CAD Admin world. Any advice for novice CAD Admin? Where should I start?
What sort of exposure have you had to CAD Admin? What sort of system are you going to be dealing with, meaning is it established or do you need to create one?
Try a book called "Expert CAD Management: The Complete Guide" by Robert Green. It will at least give you some direction. I also suggest making it to the next SolidWorks World; there is a wealth of information to be had with fantastic networking opportunities.
I haven't had any Admin exposure at all and the company I started recently working for wants to "take over" the vault from out design house we were using.
So I have to turn into a functional CAD Admin in short order.
Thank you for your quick response.
I will look into that book.
I would strongly suggest that you get some training, whether it be from your VAR or online. It wouldn't take much to completely mess up your vault if you don't know what you're doing. Is it Workgroup PDM you have or ePDM?
I'd also start reading this: 2015 SOLIDWORKS Help - SOLIDWORKS CAD Admin Dashboard
It's Workgroup PDM. They don't want to switch up to the EPDM yet.
Just to rub the salt in, Workgroup Pdm will be only be supported until 2018 (last release 2017) and so they will have no choice.
Another helpful book "SolidWorks Administration" by Matt Lombard might be helpful. Although a bit dated, for version 2010 I think, it still has much relevant content.
Hey Peter, I was cleaning my inbox and saw that I had saved your post because I am also in a bit of a CAD administrator role. Our reseller Hawk Ridge Systems is putting on a CAD Administrator webinar this coming Wednesday from 10a-12p PDT. Don't know who your reseller is, but maybe this would be doable for you? Just thought I'd put it out there.
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