Communication between Phoenix/PDM and your SolidWorks takes place via the directly integrated user interface. You don't have to worry about file names and storage paths, the file templates can also be managed in Phoenix/PDM. In this way you create a common basis for your document management.
As partners of Dassault Systemes for SolidWorks, we have access to the model information in your designs.
Our interface technology Phoenix/3D-CAD enables us to access additional information such as weight, material, creator, creation date or surface treatment and transfer it to Phoenix/PDM. We use standard parameters used in the models as well as individual properties. For example, we use data from CAD macros to automatically derive cut edge lengths or the dimensions of surfaces. From this, valuable information such as the duration of operations or the required raw material can be derived.
Phoenix/PDM reads the assembly structure from the models and creates links to existing components. This gives you an overview of the use of individual parts and sub-assemblies at any time in Phoenix/PDM. We use this information to show you which products are affected by changes to released components. Phoenix/PDM can then automatically create versions of dependent assemblies and swap "old version" for "new version". Or you can decide individually up to which level a change is considered compatible and no new version of the module is necessary. We support both ways of working.
Obsolete versions are automatically blocked for new designs. Status information (e.g. "locked") is printed on the drawing via our Phoenix/RCS - without the CAD drawing having to be opened by a designer.
The modification and status change history can be viewed at any time to track the lifecycle of the component. We also take into account all changes made automatically.
However, our Phoenix/3D-CAD interfaces do not exclusively map the CAD structure. With this technology, we also make it possible to manage special part relationships that are not necessarily mapped with the CAD software.
These include, to name but a few:
Concurrent engineering is supported by several functions. Phoenix/PDM prevents the overwriting of files that have been released or edited by other users. Users can create a monitoring list. When other users make changes to these files, the designer is automatically notified. Assemblies in the CAD system can be updated at any time with the latest version from Phoenix/PDM.