In this article you will find a raw Bill Of Materials like the one that could be exported from SolidWorks to test the capabilities of miniPDM by yourself. Some additional files are also available to load some Price Conditions to test the possibilities of that feature on the BOM, and some to generate the source BOM by yourself with an already made project structure.
Bill Of Materials
You can find an example source BOM here to try the features of miniPDM. This BOM has been specially designed to show the most common case scenario.
To take advantage of the Component Extended Properties feature, you can download the Access database here that matches BOM in the previous paragraph. It will populate the Price Conditions so you can see additional case scenario. For more information take a look at the article about the Excel Add-in Features.
This file also contains the default settings to properly read the BOM’s columns. To load them, in the miniPDM settings, select this database as Database Location and then switch Shared Settings to True. See the article about the Excel Add-in Settings and the SolidWorks Add-in Settings.
As discussed in the article about the Excel Add-in Features, for the add-in to be able to compute the source BOM, only 3 columns are mandatory but additional columns should be added to allow extra data filtering and information sharing that suits your workflow.
You can download a SolidWorks’ BOM Template here. For more information on the templates, take a look at this article about the Shared Configuration Files Locations.
In the Bill of Materials properties, make sure you select Indented and Detailed Numbering in order to show the Index column with the proper structure. In Part Configuration Grouping, select also Display as one item number and Display configurations of the same part as separate items in order to have the Components Families to show properly in the BOM.