CustomTools
Powered by: ATR Soft

Custom property managementCustom property management

ISSUE FACED IN SW:

  • Limited functionalities in the Tab Builder and EPDM data card
  • Lack of data consistency
  • Offers the very basics
  • Custom properties are an important part of your data management

SOLUTION IN CT:

  • Search documents based on property value
  • Numerous tool available to customize your property pane
  • Search and link data with an external data source (e.g. ERP)
  • Copy Cut list item properties as drawing properties

BENEFITS:

  • Easily customize your SolidWorks drawing template
  • Add numerous functionalities to SolidWorks and EPDM
  • Define your properties with consistency
  • Avoid unnecessary typing through automation
*CT Express CT Standard CT Professional CT Viewer
* Viewer: only viewing Custom property values
Customer Case: STX Europe

Why did they need CustomTools?

  • To easily copy existing cabin assemblies as new cabins
  • To efficiently manage tens of properties related to individual parts
  • To export design data from SolidWorks to other systems

What solution did we provide to solve their problem?

  • Automatic file naming, copy assemblies and project management
  • Bi-directional link between SolidWorks files and external systems
  • Automatic feature recognition to fill properties

How the solution helped them to solve their problem?

  • Structural design hours were cut down by 30 %
  • Really fast to make cabin variants with copy tool
  • Avoid manual typing when transferring data between different systems

STX Europe

Automatic file namingAutomatic file naming

ISSUE FACED IN SW:

  • Filenames must be manually typed
  • Document codes are shared manually
  • Unsafe and time consuming way
  • Lack of file naming consistency between designers and files

SOLUTION IN CT:

  • Use a custom property value to name your documents
  • Combine multiple custom properties together
  • Document codes are automatically shared between users
  • Numerous tools available
    • Key-Value pair
    • Unlimited number of sequences
    • Sequences can freely be defined
    • Retrieve property value from the parent
    • Associate a project name/number to the file name
    • Generate a drawing per configuration
    • Save a property in upper case
    • Define preceding/trailing characters
    • Project or custom property specific sequence numbering
    • Filename reflects changes in property value
    • Copy & rename existing drawings automatically
    • Supports virtual and internal components
    • Supports all SolidWorks file operations such as Form New Assembly

BENEFITS:

  • Automate the way that you are naming your files
  • Supports top-down and bottom-up design
  • Generate advanced file name easily
  • Eliminate file naming errors and duplicate file names
CT Express CT Standard CT Professional
Customer Case: Pinomatic

Why did they need CustomTools?

  • Designers used an Excel file to share document codes
  • Required a lot of manual work to name a file
  • Many files were not named correctly

What solution did we provide to solve their problem?

  • Automated their file naming convention
  • Sequence code generated based on project
  • Projects are automatically coming from their ERP

How the solution helped them to solve their problem?

  • Document codes are automatically generated/shared
  • File naming errors were eliminated
  • Files are always saved to the correct project folder

Pinomatic

Project managementProject management

ISSUE FACED IN SW:

  • No such tool available in SW/EPDM/WPDM
  • Defined by the user and managed manually
  • Folder and properties are defined manually
  • Time consuming

SOLUTION IN CT:

  • Name and save files based on project/sub-project
  • Define specific file naming rules based on the project
  • Assign default property value for part, assembly or drawing
  • Quickly select a project from the property pane

BENEFITS:

  • Documents are always saved to the right name and folder
  • Name and save a file automatically without browsing for folder
  • Manage SW files based on project
  • Load default custom property value based on the project or user
CT Express CT Standard CT Professional
Customer Case: Grumsen Equipment

Why did they need CustomTools?

  • Working on multiple projects at the same time
  • Files were sometimes saved to the wrong folders
  • SW files were named manually based on project

What solution did we provide to solve their problem?

  • Associated their projects with a specific folder
  • Implemented automatic file naming
  • Use projects and subprojects

How the solution helped them to solve their problem?

  • Files are always saved with correct name to correct folder
  • Easier to manage projects
  • Faster to start a new project

Grumsen Equipment

Printing and conversionPrinting and conversion

Printing

ISSUE FACED IN SW:

  • Done manually
  • Extremely time consuming
  • Files can easily be forgotten
  • Very limited functionalities

SOLUTION IN CT:

  • Associate a sheet format with a printer, paper size & orientation
  • Supports multiple printers
  • Batch print assembly drawings in 5 clicks
  • Additional functionalities
    • Insert manufacturing quantities
    • Batch convert or reload the drawing sheet format
    • Translate your drawings (Custom properties and title blocks)
    • Manage printing order (e.g. BOM order)
    • Filter documents to print based on custom property value
    • Modify custom property value (e.g. insert the printed date)
    • Hide certain layers of your drawings (E.g. used to produce different drawing for production, sales or customers)
    • Print defined sheets only

BENEFITS:

  • Drawings are always printed with right settings
  • Save considerable amount of time
  • All drawings related to the assembly are printed
  • Fully automate the printing of your SW files
CT Standard CT Professional CT Viewer
Customer Case: Paroc

Why did they need CustomTools?

  • Printing was done manually
  • No way to generate a list of drawings per assembly
  • Printing order could not be managed in EPDM

What solution did we provide to solve their problem?

  • Printing has been fully automated
  • Printing follows BOM order
  • Excel report to generate drawing list

How the solution helped them to solve their problem?

  • Designers don't waste their time in printing documents
  • Drawings are always printed with correct settings and in BOM order
  • Multiple profiles to choose from which settings to use

Paroc

File format conversion

ISSUE FACED IN SW:

  • Done manually
  • Extremely time consuming
  • Convert to one format at a time
  • The file name of the converted file has to be typed manually

SOLUTION IN CT:

  • Define file format conversion rules
  • Supports conversion of 3D model and drawings in 25 formats
  • Define rules for naming and storing the converted files
  • Additional functionalities
    • Insert manufacturing quantities
    • Change or reload drawing sheet format
    • Translate your drawings (Custom properties and title blocks)
    • Manage printing/conversion order
    • Filter documents to convert based on property value
    • Modify custom property value during the batch operations (e.g used to insert printed/converted date, change customer)
    • Hide certain layers of your drawings (e.g. used to produce different documents for production, sales or customers)
    • Save SW drawings (e.g. used when reloading/changing drawing sheet format)
    • Merge or impose PDF
    • Run a conversion rule during save operation
    • Select specific sheets to convert based on their name
    • Merge sheet metal parts as one DXF/DWG per used material and material thickness
    • Can be run automatically in the background when exporting BOM to ERP
    • Supports multi-body parts

BENEFITS:

  • Batch convert your files in multiple format in one operation
  • Save considerable amount of time
  • Convert all drawings and parts related to the assembly in one operation
  • Fully automate the file format conversion of your SW files
CT Standard CT Professional
Customer Case: Almexa

Why did they need CustomTools?

  • Conversions to PDF and DXF were done manually
  • Time spent to manually open and convert files
  • Missing PDF/DFX files (usually forgotten to Save As)

What solution did we provide to solve their problem?

  • Conversion of parts and drawings fully automated
  • Batch create DFX directly from parts
  • Drawings of the same assembly merged into one PDF file

How the solution helped them to solve their problem?

  • Now quicker & easier to produce PDF or DXF files
  • Time spent on converting documents reduced by 95%
  • No more missing files

AlmexA

Copy & rename assembliesCopy & rename assemblies

ISSUE FACED IN SW:

  • Very limited functionality available in the Pack & Go or Copy Tree
  • Parts from the design library are always copied
  • Limited file naming possibilities
  • Properties need to be updated manually

SOLUTION IN CT:

  • Use your own file naming rules
  • Modify and propagate custom property values
  • Exclude files from the design library
  • Update drawings with new property values

BENEFITS:

  • Easily reuse existing design data
  • Save time
  • Keep the folder structure under the main assembly
  • Rename your files based on your own naming convention
CT Standard CT Professional
Customer Case: VAK

Why did they need CustomTools?

  • Effort spent to manually copy and rename SW files
  • Custom properties were modified manually afterwards
  • Pack & Go was not adapted for their needs

What solution did we provide to solve their problem?

  • Files are renamed based on project
  • New SW files follow VAK’s naming convention
  • Properties can easily be modified

How the solution helped them to solve their problem?

  • Copying document is now an effortless process
  • Easier and faster to start a new project
  • No need to open every file individually

VAK Oy

Generate Excel reportGenerate Excel report

ISSUE FACED IN SW:

  • Limited functionality to generate Excel reports in SW or EPDM
  • Extremely time consuming method
  • Mistakes occur easily
  • For all those reasons, companies do not want to take them into use

SOLUTION IN CT:

  • Easily produce customized Excel report
  • Insert SW previews
  • Possibility to retrieve data from your ERP
  • Create drawing listings, BOM report, spare part list...

BENEFITS:

  • Generate an Excel report with just 2 mouse clicks
  • Can serve many different use cases
  • Eliminate data entry errors
  • Fully customizable for your special needs
CT Professional CT Viewer
Customer Case: Paroc

Why did they need CustomTools?

  • Excel reports were created manually
  • Time spent to create those reports
  • Missing reporting features in EPDM

What solution did we provide to solve their problem?

  • Used for drawing and spare part listings
  • Automatically stored into EPDM
  • Automatically revise existing reports

How the solution helped them to solve their problem?

  • Important time and error savings
  • Easier to keep reports up to date
  • Excel reporting fully automated

Paroc

Other toolsOther Tools

Sheet metal & Weldment tools:

  • Merge DXF/DWG based on the material/thickness
  • Automate the creation of DXF/DWG files from your parts or drawings
  • Copy properties of the cut-list item as part/drawing custom properties
  • Cut list item is automatically updated on save operations
  • Supports multi-body parts
  • Automatically insert various custom properties to weldment cut-list item
  • Automatically generate unique number for cut-list items
  • Automatically insert sheet with flattened view without sheet format, 1:1 scaled and all annotations including dimensions and bend lines hidden
  • Manage cut-list item custom properties
CT Standard CT Professional

Open drawings of the selected 3D model:

  • Quickly locate all drawings made from a part or assembly
  • Manage drawings based on model configuration
  • The drawing names and folder can differ from referenced model
  • Select a part within your assembly to open its drawings
CT Express CT Standard CT Professional

Where used:

  • Locate in which assemblies and drawings a part is being used
  • Extremely valuable for Workgroup PDM and SW users
  • Select a part within your assembly to locate where it is being used
  • Avoid costly mistakes caused by changes to models being used in many assemblies
CT Express CT Standard CT Professional

Advanced search:

  • Search SW files based on property value
  • Fully customizable search pane including free search
  • Search files within a specific project
  • Extremely valuable for Workgroup PDM and SW users
CT Express CT Standard CT Professional

SolidEdge migration tool to SolidWorks:

  • Batch convert SE assemblies and parts to SolidWorks files
  • Batch convert SW drawings to PDF/DXF/DWG
  • Import SE file properties to SW custom properties
  • Filter properties to be transferred into SW files
  • Convert entire SE assemblies in 4 clicks
  • Original file structure can be kept
  • Supports materials in SolidWorks
  • Fixes components in SW
CT Professional

Quickly insert notes:

  • Create your own note group of custom properties
  • Insert customized notes in your merged DXF/DWG files
  • No need to type over and over the same notes
CT Standard CT Professional

Bounding box:

  • Supports weldments, sheet metal, parts and assemblies
  • Updates automatically when 3D model geometry changes
  • Add bounding box properties such as dimensions to the file's custom properties
  • Possibility to define an offset
CT Standard CT Professional

Open folder:

  • Locate files in Windows Explorer
  • Open the folder of the selected SW file
  • Access the file in one click
  • Useful for instance to change a Read-Only mode
CT Standard CT Professional

CUSTOMTOOLS VIEWER

A powerful viewer that uses eDrawings technology and runs without SolidWorks installation.

ISSUE FACED WITH eDRAWINGS:

  • Limited to viewing functionalities
  • Missing functionalities especially what comes to custom properties
  • No integration with other systems

SOLUTION:

  • Offers all eDrawings viewing capabilities
  • Batch print, view custom properties, search
  • Locate where a model is used
  • Open the drawings of the active 3D model
  • Has a component tree with a possibility to view custom properties
  • Offers a possibility to filter components based on custom properties

BENEFITS:

  • Expand eDrawings functionalities
  • Ease the use of CAD files by non-CAD users
  • Ease the management of your data

ENTERPRISE PDM CONNECTOR

ISSUE FACED IN EPDM:

  • EPDM manages files while CT manages data related to those files and automates routines in SolidWorks
  • Limited functionalities (printing, file naming, data card, copy tree...)
  • Lacking a proper ERP/MRP link
  • Need to browse for folder when saving a file and limited capabilities to name files

BENEFITS OF CONNECTING EPDM TO CT:

  • Expand EPDM/SW functionalities
  • Save time on certain SW daily routines
  • Optimize your data management
  • Automatic file naming and storing to correct vault folder
CT Express CT Standard CT Professional CT Viewer

WORKGROUP PDM CONNECTOR

ISSUE FACED IN WPDM:

  • Missing functionalities (printing, file naming, properties, copying...)
  • Limited to storing SW documents
  • Limited search tool

BENEFITS OF CONNECTING WPDM TO CT:

  • Expand WPDM/SW functionalities
  • Optimize your data management
  • Ease the document searching in the Workgroup PDM vault
  • Automatic file naming and storing to correct vault folder
CT Express CT Standard CT Professional CT Viewer
CustomTools - Certified Gold Product