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Variable Mapping - Pro/ENGINEER Files (For SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional only)

You can map variables to predefined properties parameters in Pro/ENGINEER or Creo files. Mapping variables for Pro/ENGINEER files requires a separate Pro/ENGINEER connector installation.

The full Pro/ENGINEER or Creo application must be installed to manage files, including adding, checking in, reading, and writing properties.

Common Extensions


Property Mappings

Block name

Attribute name


The attribute names are custom defined.

PTC_MATERIAL_NAME is mapped by default.

Mapping to Pro/ENGINEER Attributes

In this example, you map the Pro/ENGINEER PART_NUMBER parameter to the SOLIDWORKS PDM Number variable for use with .prt files.

Mapping variables for Pro/ENGINEER files requires a separate Pro/ENGINEER connector installation.
If you create a variable to map to a Pro/ENGINEER attribute, the variable name cannot contain a space.

To map to a Pro/ENGINEER attribute:

  1. In Pro/ENGINEER, click Tools > Parameters to view the parameters information of a file to identify the attribute to map SOLIDWORKS PDM variable to.
  2. In the Administration tool, expand Variables and double-click Number.
  3. In the Edit Variable dialog box, click New Attribute.
  4. Under Selected attribute:
    1. For Block name, select CustomProperty.
    2. For Attribute name, type PART_NUMBER.
    3. Type the Pro/ENGINEER file extensions that contain the property, separated by commas.

      For example: drw, prt, asm.

  5. Click OK.
  6. In the Card Editor, open the .prt Pro/ENGINEER file data card and ensure that it has a control that uses the Number variable.

    If the variable is not present, add a control and associate it with the Number variable.

  7. Save the card and close the Card Editor.
When a user adds an Pro/ENGINEER part file to the SOLIDWORKS PDM vault, the .prt file data card shows the Pro/ENGINEER part number.

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