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How to Setup Your SQL Port Settings

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

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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.

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Getting Started with the SOLIDWORKS Admin Portal

Sam Oanes on June 4, 2020 at 11:30 AM

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The SOLIDWORKS Admin Portal is an online tool, where administrators of SOLIDWORKS licenses can manage their organization’s assets. The Admin Portal allows the administrator to monitor and assign products and services to account members. Users can also be removed from their assigned license, even if the user is in a remote location. Primarily, the Admin Portal is used to manage and control standalone SOLIDWORKS licenses, and set them up for Online Licensing.

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How to Create Your SOLIDWORKS ID: Part 2

Jackie Yip on May 28, 2020 at 11:30 AM

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In the previous blog, the journey began with creating a new SOLIDWORKS ID.

One of the great things a SOLIDWORKS ID offers, is the ability to access a variety of different content that fits your specific needs.  Whether it’s asking questions, learning new tools, or joining a new community, your SOLIDWORKS ID is the foundation to getting started.  We’ll highlight the key areas to visit with the newly created SOLIDWORKS ID and how it’ll continue to provide users with the best resources available.

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How to Create Your SOLIDWORKS ID: Part 1

Jackie Yip on May 21, 2020 at 11:30 AM

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A SOLIDWORKS ID serves more than just a reminder that you’re a SOLIDWORKS user.  In fact, you can use your ID to access valuable SOLIDWORKS resources ranging from downloading the software, accessing training videos, visiting the forums, and logging into the new 3DExperience.  All of these resources will use the same ID and we will go through how to setup your SOLIDWORKS ID.

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Understanding SOLIDWORKS File Compatibility

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

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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.

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How to Create a Custom Toolbox Component - Part 2

Mike Dady on April 2, 2020 at 11:30 AM

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In a previous blog we showed how quickly we can customize the Toolbox to add new fasteners. Today we are going to show how to add other types of hardware to the Toolbox and specify custom properties, like Material. Let’s dive in and see how it works.

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How to Create Reference Planes in SOLIDWORKS

Kris Lind on March 26, 2020 at 11:30 AM

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By now we are all familiar with using the default Reference Planes (Front, Top & Right) within SOLIDWORKS.  Whether being used to start a sketch or mating parts with assemblies, the use of reference planes is a fundamental building block of SOLIDWORKS Part Design or Assembly Modeling.

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How to Use Offset and Convert Entities in SOLIDWORKS

Eric Weber on March 12, 2020 at 11:30 AM

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Convert Entities and Offset Entities are two powerful tools you can use when editing a sketch in SOLIDWORKS. Let’s begin with the Convert Entities tool.

Whenever we need to make a sketch entity that matches other geometry of our model we can use the Convert Entities tool. Using the Offset Entities tool we can do a similar thing, but rather than using the exact entities we can instead do an offset from the entities that were used to create another feature.

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Are You Using SOLIDWORKS Certified Hardware?

The Alignex Team on March 5, 2020 at 11:30 AM

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If you are anything like us, when you make a big purchase you want to know you are getting the most out of that product. This especially goes for software purchases like SOLIDWORKS.

One way to ensure you are getting all you can out of your seat of SOLIDWORKS is pairing it with the optimal hardware setup. But how do you know if your hardware setup is holding you back? Well look no further than the SOLIDWORKS Hardware Certification.

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How to Create a Custom Toolbox Component - Part 1

Mike Dady on February 27, 2020 at 11:30 AM

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Hi, I’m Mike Dady, Application Engineer for Alignex. As many of you probably know, the Toolbox Add-In is a database that allows for the quick addition of fasteners and other hardware to a SOLIDWORKS Assembly. However, many don’t realize that the Toolbox can be customized. Making it possible to create new sizes not included in the database, specifying different materials for items, or even adding the same Custom Properties used in most SOLIDWORKS Models. Let’s take a look at this process.

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