Upgrading the SolidNetwork License Manager (SNL) for SOLIDWORKS 2018

Upgrading the SolidNetwork License Manager (SNL) for SOLIDWORKS 2018 #SW2018 With every new version of SOLIDWORKS, if you are running the network version, the license manager is required to be upgraded to the latest version that a client is running. The license manager is backwards compatible with all older version of SOLIDWORKS along with PDM licenses. The update is fairly straight forward and takes little time to accomplish. There are a few things to watch out for however. The first […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Application Programming Interface – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Application Programming Interface – #SW2018 SOLIDWORKS had added many new options in the API language. SOLIDWORKS 2018 API includes the ability to: • Access general tolerance table annotations and features. • Access hidden content in tables. • Add a distance mate between cylindrical components of an assembly. • Add and edit pairs of concentric mates (hole sets) between the same two components, allowing for misalignment of concentric mates. • Add rebuild and save marks to […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Pattern Enhancements – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Pattern Enhancements – #SW2018 SOLIDWORKS had added component pattern enhancements. The 2 new options are: Including Material and Visual Properties in a Mirrored Part Linear pattern rotation You can now include material and visual properties to the new component pattern instances When you mirror a part from a part environment or an assembly context, you can select the material and the visual appearance of the part to include in the derived part. In the Mirror […]

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SOLIDWORKS: What Is A Fit Spline?

Fit Spline…What Is The Difference?   What is the purpose for a fit spline? Well there are a few different reasons that you would choose to use this. The main reason people use a fit spline is to connect a number of sketch segments together to form 1 entity. This can become useful when using things such as path mates, etc.     Above is a simple sketch with a few entities. Below is the same sketch that I have […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Why Can’t I Rotate My Sketch?

Why Can’t I Rotate My Sketch in SOLIDWORKS?   I have run into this many times. Customers call in because when trying to rotate a sketch in SOLIDWORKS, nothing happens…no error; it just does not rotate at all. The issue goes back to sketch settings. By default, Automatic Relations are turned on under sketch settings.     With this setting on, which most people prefer, it will do just what it says – create relations.   You can see all […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Converting a Standalone SOLIDWORKS seat to a Network Installation

Converting a Standalone SOLIDWORKS seat to a Network Installation   With companies growing, there is usually a need to add some additional seats of SOLIDWORKS. A lot of companies are now deciding to install a network version for the new seats or convert their existing standalone seats over.   We usually will get a call on how this process is done. Well, it is a very easy process. A lot of people think that there is a difference between the […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Automatic Break in SOLIDWORKS Dimension Lines

Automatic Break in SOLIDWORKS Dimension Lines   The other day I was on the phone with a customer that was looking for a setting to create automatic break lines in his dimensions. Well we unfortunately found that there is not system or document settings that will control this. There is an enhancement request in process for this functionality. SPR 627519 – Automatic creation of break lines when drawing dimension leaders cross each other (document property setting).     So what […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Rebuild Errors After Upgrade

Rebuild Errors After Upgrade   Why do I have all these SOLIDWORKS rebuild errors after upgrading to a new version?   With every current new release of SOLIDWORKS, we get a number of support calls regarding rebuild errors. The most common is “I have just upgraded, now I am seeing rebuild errors on a lot of our older files….these were not previously there…why?” Sometimes you will still have the older version of SOLIDWORKS installed. Opening them in the older version […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2017: Installation Guide – SNL Installation

Installation Guide – SNL Installation   With any network seat, the first step to complete is installing the SolidNetwork License Manager. This should be installed on a computer (server) that all clients can reach over the network. It is recommended that this computer have a static IP address so you will not have any connectivity issues if your IP happens to change.   The system requirements are the same as 2016, it is no longer supported under Windows 8.0. Below are […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Uninstall Completes Even When DLLs Cannot be Unregistered – #SW2017

Uninstall Completes Even When DLLs Cannot be Unregistered   We get many installation issue on support. These are usually one of the hard issues we deal with and sometimes it takes a long time to troubleshoot since it can be due to many different issues. We also see issues during the uninstall process.   SOLIDWORKS 2017 has addressed one of the biggest issue we usually run in to: DLL (Dynamic-link library) registration. During the install or uninstall process, SOLIDWORKS has […]

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