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This article covers upgrading a SOLIDWORKS PDM client that does not use SOLIDWORKS 3D modeling. The PDM Client must match the major version that is on the server, but the service pack can be different. If the server has PDM 2022 SP2 installed, then the client can be any service pack of 2022. However, the client will not connect to the server if it is updated to PDM 2023 while the server is still version 2022. 



PhotoView 360 for SOLIDWORKS is being retired after version 2023 SP5. If you currently use PhotoView 360 and have already updated to SP3, you might have seen a message about this. Starting with SOLIDWORKS 2024 SP0 (released in November 2023), the PhotoView 360 add-in will no longer be included with SOLIDWORKS Office, SOLIDWORKS Professional, and SOLIDWORKS Premium. Users will instead have access to Visualize for all of their rendering needs. 



Some SOLIDWORKS users are experiencing an error stating: The current computer identifier does not match... when activating SOLIDWORKS 2024 on a machine that has previous versions of the software installed. This error is due to an update to the FLEXnet licensing service included with SOLIDWORKS 2024

When working with SOLIDWORKS assemblies, the Copy with Mates tool can be used when we're inserting several instances of a component using the same mating technique. Copy with Mates allows us to copy a mated component to a new location while bringing the existing mates along with it. Let’s look at a couple of examples of how to get started using this tool.


DraftSight Nov 21, 2023

PrintStyle Tables are a powerful tool in DraftSight that allows users to define how a drawing will look when printed. The concept of PrintStyles is based on using an entity's color to determine how it should be printed, either as a color-dependent print style or as a named print style based on layers or specific entities. 



Over the years, SOLIDWORKS has delivered some great new features to help users clearly and efficiently create and navigate their drawings, and SOLIDWORKS 2024 is no exception. Let’s take a look at what's new for drawings.


3D Printing Nov 17, 2023

In the world of 3D printing, efficiency, control, and productivity are paramount. Stratasys, a renowned name in the industry, understands these needs and has introduced a new application in their GrabCAD AM Platform ecosystem: GrabCAD Control


SOLIDWORKS Plastics Nov 15, 2023

In the ever-evolving world of engineering and design, staying at the cutting edge of technology is crucial. SOLIDWORKS Plastics, a powerful tool for simulating plastic injection processes, has once again added innovative features and enhancements. SOLIDWORKS Plastics 2024 takes plastic part design and injection molding simulations to new heights.

DriveWorks Nov 14, 2023

DriveWorks Live Integration Theme is a theme used by DriveWorks Live that hosts the DriveWorks Live Web API. It allows DriveWorks to integrate directly into a new or existing website, giving you the ability to customize the website itself to your liking, instead of having to use the pre-made DriveWorks forms through an iFrame. 


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