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Blake Hartje is an Engineering Systems Analyst at Alignex, Inc. When Blake isn’t helping customers with SOLIDWORKS or PDM projects, he can be found in the garage tinkering with his hot rods.

How to Setup Your SQL Port Settings

Blake Hartje on June 11, 2020 at 11:30 AM


This article will discuss which SQL ports need to be open in order for our SOLIDWORKS products to talk to their defined database.

By default SQL communicates over ports 1433/1434.

There are several scenarios that can have an effect on the port traffic. We'll cover each one individually and how to set up the ports accordingly.


Understanding SOLIDWORKS File Compatibility

Blake Hartje on April 30, 2020 at 11:30 AM


If you’re a SOLIDWORKS user then chances are high you've seen the dreaded "future version" file error. Perhaps you've even caused this grief for another user. So how does one avoid this problem in the future?

In this quick article we're going to list the reasons SOLIDWORKS files aren't forward compatible and the options we have to work around the file version.


How to Configure Your Firewall Port Settings for SOLIDWORKS

Blake Hartje on April 9, 2020 at 11:30 AM


This article will outline the steps required to configure the firewall port settings for your SOLIDWORKS SolidNetwork License Manager (SNL) and your SOLIDWORKS PDM installation. The Steps for opening ports for inbound and outbound traffic is the same for each port.


How to Automate Your PDFs in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional

Blake Hartje on July 25, 2019 at 11:30 AM


One of the most common deliverables for companies is a PDF of their SOLIDWORKS drawing.  For many people out there, the creation of a PDF is a manual process involving a tedious amount of steps, even for those that have PDM!  Let’s add some automation to our PDM workflow to automatically create a PDF of our SOLIDWORKS Drawing!  Despite having the Create PDF task already set up within PDM, there are many of us that are left scratching our heads as to why the PDF doesn’t get an updated data card!  As a solution to these problems, we will highlight the steps to create a PDF data card, create a PDF task, add the task to our workflow, and link variables from our SLDDRW data card to our new PDF card.



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