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Reserving Licenses with SolidNetWork License Manager

Mike Strand on August 27, 2015 at 3:45 PM


Say you have a team of 4 designers. The team has a total of 3 licenses (2 Standard, 1 Premium). Two of the designers require the standard features, and two utilize the features within the premium license. They are all on the same network domain. 

In order to leverage the full extent of the premium license, the license manager can be setup so only those who require the additional functionality have access to it. The process for setting up a system for license allocation uses a feature of the SolidNetWork License Manager (SNL) called the 'Options File'. If an administrator wants to structure how licenses get distributed, this is where to go.


Lost and Found: Finding Your Parts

Mike Strand on August 18, 2015 at 10:52 AM


Designers seem to accumulate an abundance of parts – a trend of the trade. When these are parts you can hold in your hand, the situation appears differently. Just like a digital design project, real projects have parts, tools and assemblies. During the course of a team tearing down an engine, for example, these parts and tools may end up scattered throughout the shop or garage without a trace of who, what when and where.


How to Create an Extrude-Cut on a Curved Surface

Jesse Ortman on August 6, 2015 at 2:22 PM


Sometimes you will find yourself in a situation where you need to create an extrude-cut on a curved surface.

Take the following part for example:

There is not a single flat face on this part (other than the 3 primary planes) on which to base a classic 2D sketch for your cut.

The challenge is to create a blind cut into the model and have the bottom face of the hole maintain the shape of the original face before the cut. For now we will assume no draft is necessary.


A Customer Story: Command Tooling Systems

Blake Bowker on July 31, 2015 at 11:31 AM


Advanced tools and integrations help Command Tooling Systems stay innovative.

Command Tooling Systems, along with their parent company EWS out of Germany, designs and manufactures precision CNC toolholding products for a variety of industries. Utilizing advanced technologies, like SOLIDWORKS solutions, allows them to continually produce new and innovative tooling options for the industries they serve. 


SOLIDWORKS Support for Windows 10

Mack Rasmussen on July 23, 2015 at 10:42 AM


Microsoft will release Windows 10 on July 29, 2015.  Here’s the SOLIDWORKS plan for supporting Windows 10.

Windows 10 SOLIDWORKS Supported Editions
• Windows 10 Pro (64 bit only)
• Windows 10 Enterprise (64 bit only)

Windows 10 SOLIDWORKS Support Schedule (All Products)
• SOLIDWORKS 2016: SP0 (SOLIDWORKS 2016 Beta 2 and SOLIDWORKS PDM Beta 3 will include Beta level support for Windows 10)

Thinking of upgrading your OS? Take a look at this SOLIDWORKS compatibility chart:


Top Ways to Have Better Control Over Your Data

The Alignex Team on July 17, 2015 at 1:02 PM


Find the files you're looking for, collaborate in real-time, stay compliant and reduce liability with Product Data Management (PDM) solutions.

1. Search Intuitively, Find it Now and Re-Use What You Have

How many hours per year does your company spend searching for files? You can get that time back.  A PDM solution can virtually eliminate unnecessary searching for resources your engineering team has already generated. It can index key files like Parts, Assemblies and Drawings, along with non-CAD based documents and provide instant accessibility to you and your team.


Converting to Sheet Metal: Work Smarter not Harder!

Travis Quick on July 7, 2015 at 2:30 PM


I’ve personally used sheet metal to design fixtures, shield electronics and enclose assemblies. After kicking and screaming, I would usually revisit these designs after the other side said it needs to look “pretty.” 

There are lots of reasons that designs get delayed, pushed back or redesigned. To make sure you’re not the bottleneck, let’s review how we can utilize SOLIDWORKS’ full potential and not just the sheet metal functionality. Depending on the difficulty of the design, it may be simpler to start with solid or surface bodies. We would then continue with a process referred to as converting to sheet metal. It is a simple tool to help us work smarter not harder!


How to Repair Imported Geometry

Mack Rasmussen on July 1, 2015 at 10:30 AM


Working with CAD models created in other systems is always a challenge. Any time you transfer a model from CAD system “A” to CAD system “B” there can be issues. Think of it like trying to translate a complex poem from one language to another. Sometimes there will be a loss of meaning in translation.

Similarly, when we read in a model from another CAD system into SOLIDWORKS, there can be issues as well.  This post will show you how to:


Collaboration on Electro-Mechanical Designs

Mack Rasmussen on June 26, 2015 at 10:35 AM


Collaboration is an important part of the design process, but it’s not always as good as it could be.  Sometimes we see this situation with teams that work on products with embedded electrical content – where the workflow between mechanical and electrical engineers is critical. One way we’ve seen customers improve in this area is by streamlining their processes with SOLIDWORKS Electrical.


8 Things Customers Love About 3D CAD

Mike Strand on June 18, 2015 at 2:59 PM


3D design offers clear engineering advantages over 2D. Here's 8 things Alignex customers say they couldn't live without.

  1. Freedom for Engineers to Create
    With 3D CAD, engineers are no longer bound to the limitations of 2D, allowing for more creativity.

  2. Creating Market Space Through Innovation
    Give competitors a run for their money by taking the next step to improve your product development process.

  3. Attracting and Retaining the Best Talent
    People are a key asset, empower them with tools that match their ambitions.



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