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5 Myths about your SOLIDWORKS Network License Manager

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

solidworks network licenseLet’s talk about your SOLIDWORKS network license and debunk those myths with facts. Which one of these 5 are you guilty of believing?

You accidentally received extra licenses (yassss!).

Not true.  Only once in 5 years have I seen SOLIDWORKS write an incorrect license file.  The way licenses are listed in the SNL can be misleading.  Suppose you have a network license containing 1 Professional License and 1 Standard license.  The SNL will show 1 Professional License and 2 Standard Licenses. Why?  Because when you are pulling a Professional license, the license manager is releasing a Standard license and the Professional ADD-INS.  So really the license manager listing should read “Professional ADDINS”, rather than “Professional”.  You cannot pull a Professional or Premium license without pulling a Standard license.

You don’t have the ability to use SOLIDWORKS on your home computer.

Not true.  Office homework is on the rise.  What you can do is…

  1. Borrow a license for a period of 30 days or less from the license manager on any client/user machine.  This is just as long as your machine is connected to the server at the ‘moment of borrowing’.  Then you can disconnect.  Borrowing a license removes that license/seat from the available pool of licenses.  So, make sure you check with your team so you don’t leave someone licenseless.  (Yeah, that’s a word now.  Merriam Webster and I are bros)
  2. Request a Home Use License from your reseller.  This doesn’t cost anything. It does however, have a few rules to follow.  Additionally, you get as many Home Use Licenses as there are seats on your network.  For example, if you have a combination of 5 Standard, Professional, and Premium seats on the SNL, then you get up to 5 HULs.  What that means is, everyone can work from home!!!  Just what we all need – more homework.  The HUL is independent of your SNL so using your HUL would NOT remove seats from the SNL.

SOLIDWORKS Licenses are first come, first serve.

Not true.  You can control which license is being pulled.  The license required is dependent on a few things:

  • What Addins are turned on.  (thus, perhaps requiring a higher license)
  • License Order in the License manager on any user machine.  The license order dictates the sequence your machine follows to choose the license. Again, this is also dependent on AddIns.  Each user can have a different license order.
  • Whether you have an Options File selected.  An options file is much more sophisticated with who can use what kind of license.  You can specify groups, include and exclude certain users.  It’s the doctrine of coolness.

You Can’t Customize the Installations with a Network License

You can customize by serial number, addins, etc, and you can deploy them all at once, with the customized settings per user using our Admin Image creation tool.5-myths-snl

You Can’t Spy on People

True. You can’t spy on people.  But, you CAN spy on their machines!  Included with SOLIDWORKS subscription is a CAD Admin dashboard.  With this dashboard, you can monitor a variety of things, including:

  • Whose machines are crashing
  • Who has which versions installed
  • Who has outdated graphics cards
  • Compare System Options settings between machines and set a default or “baseline” machine.
  • Track and compare general performance issues. This means if a user claims their program crashed 8 times today, you can come back with real facts and say, “mmmmkay.  It actually crashed once.”

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Custom Motorcycle Windscreen Brackets with SOLIDWORKS & Stratasys 3D Print Technology

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

Motorcycle Riding – 2010 KTM SMT

For me, riding my motorcycle is having the freedom of the open road and traveling with the wind in my hair!  Sounds great, right?  Well, after any extended period of riding in the weather elements; physical and mental fatigue takes over, leaving the operation of a motorcycle quite dangerous.

On my quest to create comfort and extend my riding to a long haul, I decided to improve the stock windshield (or windscreen) of my KTM SM-T. This is where aftermarket parts, SOLIDWORKS and 3D printing technology takes over.

Motorcycle Windscreen: Stock vs Touring

Take a look at the stock windscreen below. It looks ergonomically ‘sporty’ but doesn’t provide much protection from the weather elements.

morotcycle-comfortIn comparison, you will see a touring windscreen below. This version is significantly taller but still does not provide the necessary protection from the weather elements.

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How to Successfully Design Plastic Parts

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

Plastic Part Design – A Career

Injection-molded plastic part design is a  job thet tends to fall into your lap.  You have zero qualifications, and yet, you are supposed to do it perfectly while blindfolded. It’s difficult to lunge forward with confidence when you are building on a poor foundation.

The result is that you proceed with the project with a “learn-as-you-go” approach. Even so, there’s still opportunity to avoid common mistakes, make smart decisions, and release a smart, young, well-prepared injection-molded part into the universe, ready to make a big impact and change the world.

Read on to learn How to Successfully Design Plastic Parts.

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Shape Your World

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

Shape Your WorldOver the last few years, GoEngineer hosted a series of technical events in late spring.  During these events, we showcased how our technology platforms work together to produce efficient workflows.  Last year’s event was a little different.  We packed 12 topics into 6 timeslots for a full day of learning.  With over 2100 attendees during the last few events, we want thank you, our client partners, for this huge success!

Shape Your World Is On Its Way!

We are back at it this year with an exciting new project and schedule of topics.  Shape Your World is the place where you can explore technology and learn processes from our experts.  This is the perfect opportunity to catch-up and collaborate with old friends.  You might even find a new one! With 7 time slots available starting at 9AM each day, we allow you to customize your agenda while attending several sessions that best fit your needs.                                              

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Batman v Superman – Scientifically Speaking, Who Would Win?

Monday, March 28th, 2016

Batman v Superman – Who will win the battle of the ages?

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hit theatres worldwide.  Previews clearly show Batman holding his own against Superman. As an engineer, I’m a Batman fan at heart. I want to believe that the Caped Crusader will ultimately defeat that Kryptonian. So, let’s take a look at this matchup and use engineering technology, all available to Wayne Enterprises, to devise a plan of attack.

Movie fans and comic geeks will all have their opinion on the battle of the ages. But what does science have to say? Read on…

 (Source: Warner Bros.)


(Source: Warner Bros.)

 

How I Used SOLIDWORKS To Prove My Star Wars Fan Theory

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

The Dilemma:

What Made the Dent in Boba Fett’s Helmet?

Star Wars has a memorable scene where Boba Fett pulls off his iconic helmet from his father’s head. In the space between the third and fourth movies, Boba chooses to keep his father’s helmet. Perhaps it’s a reminder for him or a symbol of the torch passing from one generation to the next. By the time we see the helmet again, Jango’s dents are gone and have been replaced by a new series of battle scars, most notably a circular shaped indentation on the front right of Boba Fett’s temple.

The Star Wars Fan Theory:

We have no way of knowing how it got there, but Star Wars Fans have a few arguments;  it was a door on Slave 1, it occurred during the ship’s crash or that it came from a particularly vicious head-butt. Due to CGI errors during that pivotal scene, we have no true answer.

This Star Wars scene gave me an idea…isn’t the base of a lightsaber about that size?

As I tried to determine if this was possible, I looked into Jango Fett’s dent created during the Kamino Escape.

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation – Frequency Analysis of Tensioned Guitar Strings

Monday, February 1st, 2016

SOLIDWORKS Simulation is powerful.  Using this tool, I will demonstrate the correlation between SOLIDWORKS Simulation FEA and the solution of a theoretical equation through the analysis of a guitar string.

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In this setup, a single guitar string is restrained on both ends. Restraining the string allows it to reach fundamental frequency, which is 1 half wavelength along the length of the string.
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The setup will utilize beam elements for the string as it is long and thin. One end will be fixed in the radial, axial, and circumferential directions, while the other end is fixed in only the radial and circumferential directions. On the free end, a variable force will be applied to observe the change in fundamental frequency on the string.

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Top 10 GoEngineer Blog Posts of 2015 – SOLIDWORKS & 3D Printing

Friday, January 1st, 2016

2015 flew by like a flash! Looking back, we created articles that helped inspire great designs and encourage innovation.  Here is a list of top 10 blog posts viewed by readers like you! Stories include quick tips, new features in SOLIDWORKS 2016, 3D printing projects and so much more. Check them out and tell us what you think.

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CAD Admin’s Corner – Method of Deployment for Installations; Manual vs. Admin Image

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

In this issue, we will talk about the main methods of installation deployment; manual vs. an Admin Image. Also included are some key steps, cautionary notes, and advice from a guy that has been down this road many times. Let my mistakes be your successes!

Key Step #1- Determining Which Method of Deployment:

It might seem simple, but deciding on the best method of deployment for your installation is a key step. Typically, the method of deployment is determined by the number of users and their locations.

If you are dealing with a handful of users in the same location, a manual deployment is more than adequate but involves you walking around and touching every workstation.

If you are dealing with 10+ users or multiple locations, then creating an Admin Image is the preferred method.

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Can I use SOLIDWORKS now, Dad?

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

Peter Jensen’s son, Josiah, has always been a curious child, asking many questions. However, when he started asking his dad, “Hey, Dad, what’ya do at work today?” on regular basis is when Peter remembered feeling a little higher on his son’s totem pole of things that matter to a 12 year old boy.

When Peter worked in the aerospace industry, he would bring home posters and little gadgets that fascinated Josiah. To this day, Josiah still has an ATK F-22 poster hanging above his bed. Josiah had a myriad of questions for Peter when he walked through the door; “Was the work you did top-secret? Did you get to work on planes? Can I do that when I’m big? Did you bring me anything from work today?”

Josiah

Josiah

Today, Peter works at GoEngineer, the questions are different, but Josiah’s curiosity remains. He has always asked me about 3D software, and when I explained different software and what my job entailed, it seemed he couldn’t get enough,” says Peter.

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