DSLS Distributed License Stacking Behavior

DSLS IconDassault’s primary license server, DSLS, has some pretty interesting features, but we just ran into one that could be applicable in a number of situations. DSLS is capable of stacking licenses from more than one license server at the request of a single client. DSLS’s license stacking feature is documented in the manual (around page 72), but it wasn’t until recently that we saw a real-life application of this in the field. Continue Reading

Autodesk PLM 360 Workflow Notifications

Autodesk PLM 360 LogoPrior to the September 2014 release of Autodesk PLM 360, setting up workflow notifications was not very intuitive. Thanks to some enhancements in that month’s release, workflow notifications are quite a bit easier to configure now. However, there are still some nuances you might not realize with regard to the interrelationships between the ‘My Outstanding Work’ function, workflow notifications, and users authorized to perform a given transition. Continue Reading

SolidWorks Modeling for Automation: The Mate Debate

SolidWorks Mate DialogSolidWorks assembly mates are a powerful 3D design capability, but they are often take for granted. Designers expect them to work every time, all the time, even when mating information isn’t 100% clear to the software. If you’re using SolidWorks assembly mates in a design automation scenario, and you’re experiencing some frustration with SolidWorks’ behavior, read on. Continue Reading

What is XML?

XML File Type IconWhat is XML? Maybe you’ve found yourself asking that question at some point in time. To some, it’s just another meaningless acronym. To others, whether knowingly or not, it’s a key technology that they use every day. Today we’re going to give you the skinny on XML. Not just that, we’re also going to fill you in on how you can benefit from it, and how it affects your work life. Continue Reading

Invisible, Selectable, Dangling Dimensions

SolidWorks Drawing Dimension PictureEvery software is bound to have its idiosyncrasies, and SolidWorks is no exception. One that we have experienced recently involves working with drawings that have dangling dimensions. DriveWorks automations will frequently leave unneeded dimensions dangling on a drawing, and that’s not a problem (they’re unnecessary anyway, right?). But when they are invisible yet still selectable, that can make working with the drawing almost impossible. But there is an easy answer. Continue Reading

PLM 360 Best Practice: Syncing Field Names and IDs

Best Practices for Autodesk PLM 360Working with Autodesk PLM 360 over time, we at Razorleaf have developed a number of best practices that apply to any company utilizing the tool. Even though many of these best practices are simple, they can have a great impact on efficiency during an implementation project — from planning to deployment through maintaining the system. Keeping field names and field IDs synchronized is a great way to save you and your developers time and energy during your PLM 360 deployment. Continue Reading

Top 3 Secret Powers of Web Browsers

Icons for Chrome, Opera, Firefox, Safari, and Internet ExplorerEveryone has their preferences related to web browsers, but regardless of whether you like Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, or something else, you may not have realized some of the fancy things that your browser can do. From text editing to mathematical problem solving, have a look at our list of 3 top browser secret powers. Continue Reading