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This section lists the changes to the miniPDM add-in of each released version.
- 0.5.3.9 (Next Version)
- 0.5.3.8 (Current Version )
- Expiration times clarified for less than a day cases
- LexActivator updated to version 3.7.2
If you encounter some issues with miniPDM during the installation or while using the add-in, you can find in this article different fixes and workarounds.
miniPDM SolidWorks Add-in is primarily designed to enhance SolidWorks properties filling capabilities. This add-in can help to make the components compliant with the requirements of the miniPDM Excel Add-in and create Bill of Materials that can be used by different actors in the workflow. It also provided extended properties trough a database.Continue reading
miniPDM Excel Add-in is primarily designed to read SolidWorks Bill Of Materials exported as Excel files but can potentially work with any other software capable of exporting an indexed BOM. It is capable of computing the information from the BOM’s columns but also combine it with the extra information stored in the associated database.Continue reading
With the Bill of Materials, there is an underlining concept of level of details you want. Depending of whom is going to use the BOM, you need to adjust the zoom level. To each line in a BOM corresponds something that you need to get with one way or another. Buying it or manufacturing it yourself won’t be done with the same level of details. This is the concept of the Scope of Supply: the more you zoom, the more lines you have in your BOM, the more components you have to source yourself.
A component is a generic name that you can give to anything in SolidWorks. It can be an assembly or a part, having a geometry or be empty, being a virtual file or an external file, having or not having a related drawing and a related Bill Of Materials. This term is used a lot on this website when the subject applies to any classes of SolidWorks or real world entity.Continue reading
The most important properties of a component are the ones that permit to define it unequivocally. This should be accomplished with the minimum information for clarity and simplicity. In your Bill Of Material you want to have the minimum number of columns that display information to identify a component.Continue reading
Components have to be uniquely identified in some way to avoid information collision. Having different things with the same unique identifier could lead to confusion and inconsistency and create a nightmare for stock inventory or accounting in the real world, but also for file naming or database query in the virtual world for example.Continue reading
It is possible to customize the Excel Add-in to fit your needs. The settings are presented as a datagrid where the variable names can be modified and some application settings can be enabled or disabled.Continue reading
Several file formats can be imported into SolidWorks but some are more effective than others. When you have the choice between multiple formats, you should pick the best one: the one which contains the most information. One should not just simply import a model into SolidWorks, there are good importation practices to follow.