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Using PDM to Maintain PDF Revisions of Drawings

When you look at most organizations who design using CAD tools, almost all use the .PDF format to share files with others. The .PDF file format is easy to share, works consistently and most everyone has access to software to open them.

The problem that most companies face with this process is that someone has to manage these files. Doing this requires someone to know where it needs to be placed, whether to overwrite and old version of the .PDF or, move it. Don’t forget, they must remember the naming scheme so it can easily be identified as the latest and all while timing this with a change. It is a very resource intensive function and requires precision. If done incorrectly, there is a potential for the wrong data to go to the wrong person. An example would be if someone from the purchasing department was looking for the latest version to send to a vendor for manufacturing and they grab an old revision because someone forgot to generate the .PDF or made a mistake.

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How do you manage 2D to 3D drawing conversions?

Do you have a bad 2D drawing story to tell? Let’s be honest, who in the CAD world doesn’t? The pains of having to deal with 3D drawings improperly converted from 2D drawings is an inevitability. Your chances of avoiding it are as high as your chances of avoiding winter snow in Upstate New York. We have to face and accept the fact that we are human, therefore prone to error. Once we’ve accepted this fact, we can open the door for more efficient solutions to our 2D to 3D drawing conversion.

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Intelligent Drawing Sheet Zones in 2015

Zones on 2D drawings are useful for identifying locations on a drawing. It is very much like a street address, taking you right to where you need to go. Zones are located on the boundary of the drawing border with A,B,C… located on one axis and 1,2,3…located on the other. Once locations are activated, they are formatted like A2, C5, D3 and so on. SOLIDWORKS 2015 makes it easy to create intelligent zones. These zone location addresses can be used in annotation notes and balloons to identify which zones they are in. Let’s take a look how this is done.

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Leave Your Watermark on SOLIDWORKS Drawings

Many companies are trying to reduce the amount of paper drawings that are printed, some may even have terminals on the shop floor that allow access to drawings. There are still many consumers of drawings that like to hold that paper copy in their hands and in order to do this, you need the consumer to print their own drawings or be given a printed drawing. The problem is once printed, you lose traceability of how many were printed and what version. I have even seen where shop floor consumers just store the drawing away in their desk to be used next time. This could potentially become a problem. Simply put, you need a quick and highly visible way of identifying a drawing’s information. One solution to help aid in understanding which version or what stage in the process a drawing is at is to use a watermark.

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