Creating a SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal Account the Correct Way

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Follow along to learn how to create a customer portal account the CORRECT way: Step 1: Go to solidworks.com and click on the person icon in the top right corner of the screen. Step 2: Click on SW Customer Portal from the drop down that expands. Step 3: Click “Create a SOLIDWORKS ID” Step 4: Input your email address, and then your serial number. If you do not know your serial number, it can be found inside of SOLIDWORKS if […]

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SOLIDWORKS Home Use License (HUL) FAQ

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Do you own a Network license of SOLIDWORKS? Is your license actively on subscription? Do you use SOLIDWORKS at home? If you answered “yes” to all three of these questions, you should probably be using a HUL! A HUL, or Home Use License, is a type of SOLIDWORKS license that enables you to use SOLIDWORKS on a machine that is not typically connected to your office network. This blog post is your guide for any and all questions HUL-related. If […]

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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 – Part and Sketch Origins: Do you know the difference?

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7 years ago, in 2011, Ketul, one of our Application Engineers, did a blog on the fact that there are two SOLIDWORKS origins: 1 red and 1 blue. Have you noticed? Here is the original link if you’d like to read it. https://www.cati.com/blog/2011/03/why-is-there-two-origins-in-a-sketch-one-red-one-blue/ Now that we’ve established that there are truly 2 origins, have you ever tried to select an origin and it would not select it? Happened to me recently. Here’s the plain truth…. Red Origins (located on a […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019: Master Modeling with Toolbox Hardware

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A very common question that is asked around the SOLIDWORKS customer base is “How do I modify a standard Toolbox component with extra features thus turning a purchased component into a manufactured one?” Well, it is actually quite easy and over the next few paragraphs, I will shed some light on this process. First, I start a brand new part file. Second, you activate your SOLIDWORKS Toolbox add-in or open a downloaded library part from your supplier: In my case […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Cosmetic Thread Improvements – #SW2019

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The Cosmetic Threads Command has seen some improvements in SOLIDWORKS 2019. There were many issues with how cosmetic threads were created, updated and displayed when there are child references in downstream features. This has been resolved. The cosmetic threads feature has a more robust architecture so that they behave more consistently. The improved behavior provides more stable references for edges and faces, along with correct parameters for assemblies, drawings, and graphics.   Some improvements that users asked for were to […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – More Tools for Preparing Meshes – #SW2019

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 gives more options when working with mesh bodies. We can import a graphics body mesh file as seen here: We used to be extremely limited in what we could do with graphics bodies. Now the Mesh Modeling tab on the CommandManager gives us additional options: The Scale/Cut With Surface commands will not create a feature history, and instead will directly modify the imported mesh. I created a planar surface at the origin and then moved it to the […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Performance Improvements – #SW2019

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One of the biggest improvements to SOLIDWORKS 2019 is not something you will see when you fire it up for the first time. It isn’t a new feature or command. It’s not a new user interface upgrade. It is, however, something you will notice every day as you use SOLIDWORKS 2019: it’s fast. Every year we hear about certain features or UI enhancements that increase productivity, but for 2019, SOLIDWORKS has addressed performance at the core of the software. A […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Improved Problem Capture in SOLIDWORKS Rx – #SW2019

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When SOLIDWORKS is not behaving properly, SOLIDWORKS Rx is the best tool to understand crashes and other problems and find how to address those problems head on. For SOLIDWORKS 2019, the Rx Problem Capture portion of SOLIDWORKS Rx was enhanced. Let’s check it out! Go to START > All Programs > SOLIDWORKS 20XX > SOLIDWORKS Tools > SOLIDWORKS Rx. Where XX is your version year. You can also access SOLIDWORKS Rx from the Task Pane inside the SOLIDWORKS application under SOLIDWORKS […]

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“Edit All” System Option for File Locations in SOLIDWORKS

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Every new software version has so many new features that sometimes, very cool features get overlooked. The Edit All System Option for File Locations was one I missed and it’s SO handy. This function is when you need to change multiple File Locations to different locations. Instead of going through each and every folder, this tool will allow us to edit all the locations in 1 single screen. Pretty cool? Let’s check it out! Open a session of SOLIDWORKS 2017 […]

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