Articles by: Andrew Lidstone, CSWE

Andrew is a SOLIDWORKS Elite Applications Engineer and is based in our Dartmouth, Nova Scotia office.

How to access SolidPractices SOLIDWORKS Guides through MySolidWorks

SOLIDWORKS users with an active software subscription now have access to a powerful library of SolidPractices best practice documents available through their my.solidworks.com account. There are currently over two dozen SolidPractices Guides available for download in the Support section of MySolidWorks.  These guides have been…

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Installing SOLIDWORKS without the Toolbox Data

Starting with SOLIDWORKS 2020, when deploying SOLIDWORKS using an Administrative Image, you can choose not to install the SOLIDWORKS Toolbox data files. This is useful if your SOLIDWORKS Toolbox is located in a central location such as the SOLIDWORKS PDM Vault or network drive.  Previously,…

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Customizing the SOLIDWORKS Taskpane Tabs

SOLIDWORKS Taskpane Tabs

The SOLIDWORKS Taskpane provides access to a number of powerful tools, including SOLIDWORKS Toolbox, Custom Properties, the SOLIDWORKS PDM Add In (if installed) and the 3DEXPERIENCE connector. Starting with SOLIDWORKS 2019, this area of the user interface can be easily customized by either right clicking…

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Using SOLIDWORKS PDM from home during COVID-19 shutdowns

Using SOLIDWORKS PDM remotely

This using SOLIDWORKS PDM remotely article is part of a series aimed at helping you to continue working during the impacts caused by COVID-19. For more information related to SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software licensing options during this time, please see the comprehensive article from my…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional 2020 Server Hardware Recommendations

SOLIDWORKS PDM Hardware

Article co-authored by Samir Lohmann on Here is an overview of our current recommended SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional 2020 Server hardware recommendations. While the following recommendations are intended as a general overview for most SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional vaults, determining proper server and client hardware is one…

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How to attach to a different SOLIDWORKS PDM Archive Server Location

Whether its because the SOLIDWORKS PDM archives have been migrated to a new server, or you are working in a different office than usual and need to connect through a replicated Archive Server, it may be necessary to modify which Archive Server your PDM Vault…

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Changing the SOLIDWORKS PDM License Server

SOLIDWORKS PDM License Server

Changing the computer that is used as the SOLIDWORKS PDM License Server is actually very easy and can be accomplished quickly in a single step, even if there are many users or multiple vaults involved. On any client computer, open the PDM Administration console and…

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Are you having issues after upgrading SOLIDWORKS PDM Web2?

Following an upgrade of SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional, you may encounter some odd behavior when accessing the vault through Web2. If you see any of these symptoms, you may have missed one final step in the upgrade process: Login page hanging indefinitely Being able to login…

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 Open & Save As Dialog Improvements for File Types

A simple but very welcome improvement that has been made in SOLIDWORKS 2020 is the file type list in the Open and Save As dialog boxes. In previous releases, if you needed to open a non-SOLIDWORKS file, when opening the file type drop list, you…

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