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CUSTOMISATION AND ADD-INS

What are the Advantages of Customising PDM?
Increased productivity and less time on repetitive tasks
By utilising the Application Programming Interface (API) for SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional, our customers find that with our services, they are able to introduce additional functionality to PDM that allows them to save time by automating and programming key sections of their processes.

As well as specifying and developing those bespoke solutions, the team at Solid Solutions also develop and support a range of core tools that enhance or increase the existing capabilities of PDM Professional. Using these tools, you can keep your design team happy and productive by reducing, or even eliminating, tedious and repetitive work, freeing up their time to focus on innovation.

Discover our library of ready made add-ins or contact us to discuss your requirements for a custom solution.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is SOLIDWORKS PDM Customisation?
Unlike Configuration, which is the tailoring of the PDM environment through the Administration Tool, with customisation we develop bespoke computer programs that interact with, or work within, PDM to generate more possibilities for your engineering design processes. Whether you’re looking to automate a section of your workflow, create specific outputs or need to push past SOLIDWORKS PDM’s regular limits, there is a likely to be solution that we can provide.
Who can benefit from Customisation?
Anyone who uses SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional can benefit, especially those who have to perform repetitive tasks as part of their workflow. Even complex design processes can be accelerated by a custom solution, provided there is a methodology behind the steps taken. Even work that is typically done outside SOLIDWORKS PDM can potentially be simplified. For example, customers currently exporting Bill Of Materials (BOM) data manually from SOLIDWORKS PDM in order to create Excel based Parts Lists or to populate ‘loading forms’ for their MRP / ERP system will find that, in many cases, this can be fully, or partially, automated using one of our Standard Products.
How much time can this save?
Time savings vary depending on the amount a process can be automated, but it is common to see up to an 80% reduction in time required to complete certain tasks. Automation also reduces the risk from mistakes that can be introduced when any repetitive task is carried out manually.
How are bespoke solutions implemented?
We can implement macros or SOLIDWORKS PDM add-ins that fit directly into the SOLIDWORKS interface, or create separate programs that interact with SOLIDWORKS PDM . The approach we take will be dependent on your requirements and so our first step is always to get a thorough understanding of your workflow and processes.
Key Benefits
  • Save Time & Money – By reducing the amount of time it takes to complete certain tasks we can help increase your productivity.
  • Innovation & Morale – Cutting out the tedious parts out of your workflow frees up time and allows you to focus more on creating new designs and improving old ones.
  • Customer Satisfaction– Increased efficiency allows for shorter lead times and increased responsiveness, helping to keep your customers satisfied.
  • Decrease Onboarding Time – By automating certain processes it makes it easier for new staff to get up to speed.
  • Improve Consistency – Programming solutions can help to remove human error and also ensure that design rules are followed.
BOM EXPORT
Improved Bill of Material Creation
For users that have a requirement to automatically export Bills of Materials to either a comma (csv) or tab (tsv) separated text file, or who want to create a BoM Report within a formatted Excel spreadsheet, the BoM Export Add-in from Solid Solutions can provide this capability and more.
DRAFTSIGHT CONVERT TASK (DWG TO DXF / PDF)
Robust File Conversion
For Draftsight Professional users that need to convert from DWG to PDF but also have a requirement to convert from DWG to DXF, or require more control over an output PDF file. This custom Add-in from Solid Solutions adds additional capabilities not available in the Out Of The Box solution.
PDM TOOLKIT
A Collection of Popular Add-ins
Currently featuring two popular requested enhancements for PDM Professional, Alias Plus and Web 2.0 URL Generator.

This add-in will continue to be built upon to enhance PDM Professional for our customers.
SHAREPOINT CONNECTOR
Link SharePoint and PDM
For users that are utilize Microsoft SharePoint to distribute published documents within their organisation we have developed a custom Webpart that can take a task generated file (e.g. pdf) of a Drawing or Document along with it’s metadata (XML export) that is added to a specified folder location and automatically import it into a specified SharePoint Library location.
CUSTOM PDM ADD-IN
Tailored Solutions for your Workflow
Save time and money by automating key parts of your workflow.

Contact us today to discuss your requirements and our team will work with you to create a solution that improves the efficiency of your PDM processes.
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