CircuitWorks can search a SolidWorks Enterprise PDM vault for components to use in the assemblies it builds.
With or without Enterprise PDM, CircuitWorks always searches for components in the Component Library when building an assembly. CircuitWorks references the part file in the assembly if both:
- A database record exists in the Component Library
- A corresponding part file exists in the Component Library component folder
If a component is not found in the Component Library, CircuitWorks builds and adds it to the Component Library.
Components managed through SolidWorks Workgroup PDM or SolidWorks Enterprise PDM are marked with this icon .
When using Enterprise PDM, CircuitWorks checks the Component Library first. If the component record is in the library and the component folder is a local vault view folder, CircuitWorks checks the vault for the latest component file. If the vault contains a newer version, CircuitWorks gets the latest file, ensuring that CircuitWorks always use the latest component versions. If a component is checked out by the current user, CircuitWorks uses the local version.