Guide to Using SOLIDWORKS From Home (or anywhere for that matter)

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If you find yourself in a situation where you need to work remotely, you may have questions on how to access your work license of SOLIDWORKS from home. Depending on how your company’s SOLIDWORKS assets are licensed, Machine Activation (Standalone) or SolidNetWork License (SNL), the answer to that question is different. Our goal is to bring the options into one location so you can choose one that works most effectively for your situation. A note about SOLIDWORKS installations This post […]

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Customizing your Custom Properties list

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Commonly with my blog posts, the idea begins in Technical Support. Last week I was talking with a user about the Custom Property Tab builder. Specifically, what controls the list of available properties? I’m not going into the details of the Custom Property Tab builder in this post. If you’re interested in learning more, look at this CATI blog post by Dennis Barnes: SOLIDWORKS Property Tab Builder. He’ll walk you through the steps of creating your own Custom Property Tabs […]

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How to manually upgrade SOLIDWORKS Toolbox: Not Expected Version

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Here we go, the short version updated as it works today in 2020. This will fix the error “not expected version”  Make sure nobody is using it and close your SOLIDWORKS. Create a backup copy by making a zip of the entire C:\SOLIDWORKS Data 20xx folder. Navigate to C:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp.\SOLIDWORKS\Toolbox\Data Utilities Right click the UpdateBrowserDatabase.exe and pick Run As Administrator 5. Verify that the first box shows your current toolbox location. If the version number matches then it has […]

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SOLIDWORKS Upgrade Headaches and How to Avoid Them

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What do these things have in common? Answer: They tend to occur right after upgrading, and these aren’t the only things that can occur after an upgrade. The first one can occur when creating a hole or hole callout because the system can’t find the hole callout information. The second one happens when SOLIDWORKS can’t find the symbol library file. The reasons for this are due to the way that SOLIDWORKS stores information and upgrades. SOLIDWORKS has 2 main file […]

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SOLIDWORKS Submenu is missing!

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If you are working on a computer that has SOLIDWORKS installed and you right-click on a SOLIDWORKS file (*.sldprt, *.slddrw, *.sldasm) in File Explorer/Windows Explorer you should see a SOLIDWORKS “submenu” appear in the dropdown list. (shown in the screenshot below) Sometimes after a SOLIDWORKS upgrade or a change on a computer, that right-click SOLIDWORKS submenu will go missing. Here are the steps you can take on your computer to fix this issue and get the SOLIDWORKS submenu to reappear within […]

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SOLIDWORKS SOLIDPractices Documents Now Available

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Everyone who uses SOLIDWORKS wants to know that they are modeling in the best manner to get the best performance out of their system. We are constantly asked what are the best practices that we should be following. This can be a very loaded question because there are so many moving components that often come into play for each company. The best practices for one company may not always be the best practices for another company. With that being said, […]

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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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Achieving Extreme SOLIDWORKS Performance

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SOLIDWORKS World 2019 has come and gone. By now most of us have returned to work and the daily grind. Now it is time to take that new trick or skill that you learn or take another look at the many products or partners we discovered. Yes, the platform may be changing, but the core tools we have grown to love are still the foundation on which we continue to expand. Over the last week, dozens of presentations were given […]

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Adding Serial Numbers to your [existing] SolidNetWork License Manager (SNL)

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When you have a network license of SOLIDWORKS, the SolidNetWork License Manager is used to proctor/distribute your licenses to your users. Sometimes a new/additional network license needs to be added to an existing network license/SNL setup. The following outline the steps to add a new/additional network license to an existing SolidNetWork License Manager (SNL). First, verify all your network serial numbers. This would include SOLIDWORKS network licenses, PDM Standard network licenses, PDM Professional network licenses, etc. You can always contact […]

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 SOLIDWORKS 2019 Installation Guide Part 4 – Composer, Plastics, Inspection, MBD and Simulation Installation 

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What do I need to know to install my Composer, Plastics, Inspection, MBD, or Simulation package? First, all of these products are now installed through the SOLIDWORKS installation manager. To download the installation manager you will need to click the SOLIDWORKS download link. Run the installation manager, and enter the serial number for your products. If you have all of your licenses set up to be renewed at the same time you may have only one SOLIDWORKS serial number for […]

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