SOLIDWORKS SNL – Connecting to Multiple License Servers

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A common question we get on tech support is what to do if you have multiple license servers and can a client computer have access to more than one server’s licenses? The answer is YES. In this article, I’ll explain how to set this up as well as answer some other common questions that arise when connecting to multiple license servers. Tech Tip: This guide will walk through setting up the client computers to connect to multiple license servers and […]

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Using PBR Materials in SOLIDWORKS Visualize

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Using PBR Materials in SOLIDWORKS Visualize PBR or Physically Based Rendering materials are a set of shading models that attempt to create a higher level of realism and rendering quality and provide a standard for materials across multiple rendering programs. Tech Tip: It is possible to create your own PBR Material by going to Add > New Appearance and choosing PBR Material as the Appearance Type. However, it is highly recommended to use one of the many available PBR Materials […]

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Using the SOLIDWORKS Spin Box, Tips, Tricks and How-To’s

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If you’re unaware of the SOLIDWORKS Spin Box, it’s the Thumbwheel or Slider at the bottom of the Modify Dimension Dialog box that comes up when you double-click to edit a dimension. The Spin Box acts as a “fine-tuning” for adjusting your dimension value by certain increments. Tech Tip: You’ll see the Thumbwheel when editing non-bounded dimensions such as linear dimensions and the Slider when editing bounded dimensions such as angles (between 0 and 360 degrees). The Thumbwheel and Slider […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Assembly Envelope Publisher

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Envelopes have been a very useful tool in SOLIDWORKS for years, providing two main functions: you can use envelopes as reference components in assemblies and as selection tools. Because envelopes do not appear in the bill of materials, they are great to use for sizing and positioning purposes at the assembly level. With the release of SOLIDWORKS 2020, we now have a new top-level assembly tool called the Envelope Publisher. You can use this new tool to include components from […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Mesh Support for More Features

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With the previous releases of SOLIDWORKS, we’ve seen some great enhancements for handling Graphics Mesh and Mesh BREP Bodies. With the release of SOLIDWORKS 2020, we see even more functionality for Mesh Bodies which now include support for the following commands: Shell Fillet Draft Chamfer Delete Face Fill Face Mutual Trim Surface Knit Delete Hole Additionally, if you’ve used any Mesh Body commands in previous versions, you will find that they have a new location in the UI. All Mesh […]

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How to Insert and Scale a Sketch Picture

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When designing something in SOLIDWORKS, it’s often useful to import a rough idea of a project in the form of a 2D image and then trace over it instead of trying to guess the outline yourself. But how do you know the 2D image is in the correct place and more importantly is the correct scale? This post will walk through how to Insert a Sketch Picture and how to use the built-in Scale Tool to make sure your picture […]

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Using a SOLIDWORKS Network License Manager with Windows Firewall

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Have you just successfully installed your SOLIDWORKS Network License Manager on a server computer and when you launch SOLIDWORKS on a client computer get this message? The most common reason the client computers cannot communicate with the server is because Windows Firewall is blocking the required communication ports. Tech Tip: A quick way to troubleshoot if the Windows Firewall is causing issues is to temporarily disable the Windows Firewall on the server computer and try to launch SOLIDWORKS on a […]

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SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional: Using Physics Simulation

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With the release of SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2019 comes the great new feature allowing you to run Physics Simulations on your models which includes having your models fall and collide with each other just as they would in the real world. Tech Tip: To be able to access the functionality of the new Physics Simulation, you will need a license of SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional. The first step in running your Physics Simulations will be to set up how each model or solid […]

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Moving SOLIDWORKS Network License Manager to New Server

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When moving your SOLIDWORKS License Manager to a new or temporary server, there are several steps you can take to make your life easier and minimize or even eliminate any downtime for your SOLIDWORKS users. This involves some setup on the Server machine and Client machines, but if you follow these steps, the actual switch over for Server machines should only take a few minutes. We will focus on the NEW Server Location first: Step 1) If you are using […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Slicing BREP Bodies Using Linear and Point Entities – #SW2019

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In a previous post, I showed you how to use the Slicing Tool to create 2D cross sectional geometry using a planar face as a reference. In this example, I will show you how you can use the Slicing Tool on Standard SOLIDWORKS BREP geometry using Linear and Point Entities. Tech Tip: The Slicing Tool works on Standard SOLIDWORKS BREP geometry, Mesh BREP geometry and Graphics Bodies. We can begin by selecting both the Line and a Vertex as shown […]

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