What Is SolidWorks Metadata?
When working with SolidWorks, you may have come across the term “metadata” and wondered what it means. In simple terms, metadata refers to the information about a SolidWorks file that is not directly related to its content. It includes details such as file properties, revision history, and custom properties.
Understanding File Properties
File properties in SolidWorks are essential for organizing and managing your design files. To access the file properties, go to the File menu and select Properties. This will open a dialog box where you can view and edit various information about the file.
The file properties include:
- Title: The name or title of the file.
- Author: The person who created the file.
- Subject: A brief description of what the file represents.
- Keywords: Relevant keywords that help in searching for files.
- Comments: Additional comments or notes about the file.
Tracking Revision History
SolidWorks allows you to keep track of revisions made to a file over time. This is particularly useful when working on collaborative projects or when multiple versions of a design need to be maintained. The revision history can be accessed from the PDM (Product Data Management) tab in SolidWorks.
In addition to tracking revisions, you can also view information such as who made each revision, when it was made, and any associated comments. This ensures that everyone involved in the project has access to up-to-date information about changes made to a file.
Utilizing Custom Properties
Custom properties in SolidWorks allow you to add additional information specific to your design files. This can include part numbers, material specifications, or any other details that are relevant to your project.
To add custom properties, go to the File menu and select Properties. In the dialog box, click on the Custom tab.
You can define custom property names and assign values to them. These properties can then be used in various ways, such as creating bills of materials or generating reports based on specific criteria.
SolidWorks metadata plays a crucial role in organizing and managing design files effectively. By understanding and utilizing file properties, revision history, and custom properties, you can streamline your workflow and ensure accurate documentation of your designs.