Organizing CAD Models for Design Automation

The purpose of a design automation system is to control different aspects, or parameters, of your CAD models. These could be dimensions, features, component instances, and more. Creating a truly powerful and profitable automation requires a good number of parameters. Keeping track of these parameters can get tricky, so some CAD model organization techniques are in order.  Continue Reading

12 Step EPDM Upgrade Checklist

SolidWorks Enterprise PDM (SolidWorks EPDM) is not a difficult system to upgrade, but any IT system requires preparation and planning to upgrade effectively.  Since we do this all the time for our clients, we thought it made sense to share our SolidWorks EPDM upgrade best practices to save you time and effort in planning your next upgrade.  What follows is a 12 step checklist, with explanations, of the steps to follow in upgrading SolidWorks Enterprise PDM.  Continue Reading

Exciting Changes in ShareVis Licensing

ShareVis has recently made some significant and exciting changes in their licensing model.  Up to this point, ShareVis’ licensing model was very basic; organizations deploying ShareVis purchased one enterprise license per SharePoint Web Front End.  ShareVis now has licensing based on a rental model and based on a usage modelContinue Reading

Is Your SolidWorks Data in Shape?

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Razorleaf has just released the new CADFIT tool for public consumption.  I don’t recommend actually eating or consuming the tool, but I do recommend that you use it.  “Well of course you do, you work for Razorleaf.”  Okay, that factor not withstanding, CADFIT is a really great tool to help you determine the health of your SolidWorks files, to check and see if they are “fit.”   Continue Reading

Moving SQL Databases and Retaining Users

If you’ve ever tried to pack up and move a SQL Server database from one computer to another, you’ve probably noticed that the permissions and users won’t line up between the two machines.  Even if you create accounts with the same usernames on the target machine, the users from one SQL Server are not recognized by the other.  As a result, you receive error messages like, ‘Login failed for user USERNAME’.  Continue Reading

Production, Test & Development Environments

Many of the systems our clients work with could rightly be considered business critical systems.  Whether its Design Automation (DA) tools, a PLM/PDM system, a custom application, or a tool for electronic process automation Razorleaf’s clients would be hard-pressed to efficiently complete their day’s activities if the system was down or not operating as it should.  There are a number of items that should be considered when making a change to one of these systems including ensuring proper documentation, training, system design, and testing.  One of the most overlooked best practices to ensure success is having a staging area where applications can be rigorously developed, tested, and deployed.  Continue Reading

Production, Test & Development Environments

Many of the systems our clients work with could rightly be considered business critical systems.  Whether its Design Automation (DA) tools, a PLM/PDM system, a custom application, or a tool for electronic process automation Razorleaf’s clients would be hard-pressed to efficiently complete their day’s activities if the system was down or not operating as it should.  There are a number of items that should be considered when making a change to one of these systems including ensuring proper documentation, training, system design, and testing.  One of the most overlooked best practices to ensure success is having a staging area where applications can be rigorously developed, tested, and deployed.  Continue Reading