A “Parallel Installation” of SOLIDWORKS is any time more than one version (i.e. 2011, 2012, 2013, 201X, etc.) of SOLIDWORKS is installed and operating on a single system. This setup does not require additional licenses as both versions operate under the same serial number and the same license runs both installations. When working with multiple companies, each company may have their engineering department frozen at a particular version of SOLIDWORKS. It is always best to match their version of SOLIDWORKS to ensure design changes can freely flow back and forth between companies.
The reason a “Parallel Installation” is setup in this way is to prevent a messy file structure on a CAD computer. A messy file system can have several consequences:
Each of these items contributes to lost productive time due to causing:
Ultimately, two simple edits during the initial installation can alleviate many of the problems. It is recommended to use only the version of SOLIDWORKS and not include the service pack number as it is common to upgrade an existing installation between service packs rendering the installation directory an inaccurate description of the installation.
Each SOLIDWORKS installation on a single machine should go through the following process:
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About Ryan Dark
Ryan has been in the GoEngineer technical support team since February 2008 where he most notably provides support for all FEA and CFD software offered by SolidWorks. His most recent accolade is the title of Elite Application Engineer awarded by SolidWorks Corp.
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