Installing or upgrading the SolidNetwork License Manager (SNL) for SOLIDWORKS 2020

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If you are running the network version of SOLIDWORKS, every new version requires the license manager to be upgraded. The newest version that the clients are using will be the version that the SNL manger will need to be upgraded to. The license manager is backwards compatible with all older version of SOLIDWORKS along with PDM licenses. The update is 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 2020 What’s New – Slicing Data for 3MF Export

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 now supports slicing export for 3MF. To get this to work you must first enable slicing in the Print3D menu. Here’s how to do it: 1. Open a part and click File > Print3D 2. On the Settings tab, for Bottom plane of model, select a plane. 3. On the Preview tab, specify options: Layer height Specifies the layer height of the striation lines. Saves slicing information when you export to a .3mf file. (Available when you specify […]

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SOLIDWORKS Important Reminders for 2019-2020

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With SOLIDWORKS 2020 on the horizon, we will look at some of the changes coming to the landscape of the future. SNL HUL Licensing SOLIDWORKS has decided to phase out existing HUL licenses. Starting October 4th, 2019, all existing Home Use Licenses will be phased out. Users with an activated HUL license will still be able to use their SOLIDWORKS license until they deactivate/transfer it. New activations won’t be possible. HUL or Home Use License was setup as a standalone license that allows […]

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SOLIDWORKS Summer School 2019

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The rains of spring will be gone, and the heat of summer will be here soon. But what to do on those rainy summer days? Get some learning in!! There are some training opportunities still out there to get you on your path to a successful and efficient SOLIDWORKS summer. Below you will find some helpful links to get you on your way. First off there is always training live in our classrooms and our virtual training. Click this link […]

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Interesting takeaways from SOLIDWORKS World 2019

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Many of you got out to SWW 2019, many more didn’t have the chance to go. Here are a few things you might find interesting. SOLIDWORKS 2020 enhancements: Torsion control in splines: Users can now add G3 continuity or a constant rate of curvature constraint to splines in a sketch Section View Normal to Screen: Users can now create a Section View normal to the screen Outside of the command, the Section View updates with the rotation of the model […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 Installation Guide Part 2 – Installing or upgrading the SolidNetwork License Manager (SNL)

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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. You can use the same media/download as you would use for the clients, however you will want to select “Server Products” from the menu. With the license manager being previously installed. It should default […]

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Prepping for a New Release of SOLIDWORKS (2019)

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***NEW FOR 2019*** Following the industry and environmental trends, SOLIDWORKS 2019 will only be available via electronic distribution for customers in US, Germany, France and Italy. You will be able to request one DVD media kit per valid serial number. Once your serial number is validated below, your media kit will be shipped within 45 business days. https://solidworks.dsgraphics.com/solidworksmediakit Many of us will soon be updating to the latest release of SOLIDWORKS. We will start our downloads, clean off the old […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Customize Task Pane Tabs – #SW2019

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 now allows you to customize the order, default and visibility of the task pane tabs. To do this simply right click any of the tabs on the task pane and choose customize. Then you can check on or off tabs, set default, or change the order by dragging the tab to the desired location. I hope this part of the What’s New series gives you a better understanding of the new features and functions of SOLIDWORKS 2019. Please check […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Defeature Property Manager – #SW2019

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 has an enhanced property manager and selection types for creating defeatures. Here is 2018 on the left and 2019 on the right In the new property manager, the left icon runs the same Defeature command you are used to from 2018, the right icon runs the Silhouette mode as seen in the next image. Bodies and components can still be selected one at a time to create the groups. Or you can select them using the simplification methods […]

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SOLIDWORKS Error Connecting to SolidNetWork License Manager (SNL) Port in use by Another Process

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Lately we have been seeing an uptick in the number of SNL users not being able to connect. The symptom on the SNL Manager is showing 0 licenses and also reports cannot get information from this server message. When viewing the log there will be a note about the port being busy or in use. It also mentions the “lmgrd.exe” is not able to run. So far the only thing we have been able to do to clear the port […]

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