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Under the Hood - All things PDM and PLM

Custom Objects have been in Vault Professional for quite some time, but many people do not know what they are. Kim Hendrix, D3 Technologies, presented a class at Autodesk University 2017 explaining and demonstrating the feature.

Highlights from the Class

What are Custom Objects?

Custom Objects allow Vault administrators to create new entities to meet the needs of their team, organization, or company. Therefore administrators can create a Custom Object definition and assign it categories, lifecycles, and properties. Once the definition is created, users can create instances of that custom object directly through the user interface.
A Custom Object is a table of information residing in the SQL database that allows you to manage lists and collections of information directly in the Vault interface. Allowing for all of your data to be managed in one central location.

Custom Object

Custom Object configuration


  1. Task List
    1. Drawing assignments
    2. Project Review
  2. Contacts
    1. List your designers and use to assign the above
    2. Link other files/contacts
  3. RFQ – containers of files
  4. Sequential Drawing numbers


  • Track Items in same media as other documents
  • Link engineering files
  • Track with lifecycles and protect with securities

Kim also covers creating, configuring, examples and how to use Vault Data Standards to create forms for use with Custom Objects. Check out Kim’s class, What the Heck is Custom Objects?  Don’t forget to download the handout in the class for more details.

Irvin Hayes Jr.

Irvin is a Product Manager on the Autodesk Vault team based in Novi, Michigan. He helps partners, consulting and sales develop Vault deployment plans in enterprise environments and system requirements. You can find multiple classes Irvin has presented at Autodesk University, ( on a wide range of Vault topics. Irvin is a technology geek and loves sharing with the community on Twitter (@ihayesjr) and Flipboard Magazine. Disclaimer If you need an official Autodesk company response or a contact for press-related activities please contact Autodesk Public Relations. The posts on this blog are the authors' own personal opinions and do not represent their employer's view in any way. In addition, their thoughts and opinions often change, and as a weblog is intended to provide a semi-permanent point-in-time snapshot you should not consider out-of-date posts to reflect their current thoughts and opinions.