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Make a Universal Weldment BOM Template Using Nested IF Statements

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Universal Weldment BOM Template

Suppose you want to make a SOLIDWORKS Universal BOM Template for mixed weldments which incorporates weldment structural members but also sheet or plate and even purchased parts. Suppose you also want to automate the BOM as much as possible to avoid manually inputting data and have it update parametrically with changes in your design… How do you accommodate the three different types of components so that manufacturing knows which materials to use, and accounting can quickly add up the material costs? (more…)

Viewing STL files in the SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM Preview Tab

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Navigating through your hard drive, you click on an STL… only, there’s no thumbnail preview. What gives?

I’ve experienced this a few times. It’s always hard for me to remember what a part looks like just by the file name. Sometimes file names are obscure, or specific to a part number – things like P32324.STL – and I have a terrible time remembering what the file looks like. Windows Explorer isn’t much help – it just gives me the stock .stl thumbnail on every single STL file.

So I did a little research on a way to get a preview of my STL files before opening them. I asked some of the engineers around the office for their opinion, too. A co-worker suggested using SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM (EPDM) and the built-in eDrawings preview. This almost worked, but the STL files were not associated with eDrawings. I didn’t get discouraged – I knew that there had to be a way. After working a little magic in the registry, I was able to fix the issue.


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