Appendix A. Implementing SolidWorks


  • Licensing

  • Training options

  • Implementation schemes

  • Hardware selection

  • Installation

  • Configuration and standardization

  • Data Management

  • System maintenance

This appendix is intended to help anyone who is getting started with SolidWorks, or who needs to rescue an existing but poorly implemented system. Everyone, from a single user to the CAD Administrator of a large installation, can benefit from reading this appendix.

Your success with SolidWorks does not only depend on the functionality and quality of the software, or even on how thoroughly you know the software. It also depends on how you maintain the system, license it, install it, and manage the design data, as well as how well your methods are accepted in the rest of the organization. SolidWorks becomes the interface between the engineering department and the manufacturing, IT, project management, and documentation departments. All of these issues come together to describe the overall implementation and integration of SolidWorks into your business processes.


Depending on how and where you buy SolidWorks, there may be different licensing options available to you.

Home license

The SolidWorks license agreement allows the primary user of a license at work to also use the license at home or on a laptop, providing that both are not in use at the same time. There are some complications when it comes to network licenses or licenses that require dongles. Your reseller or support organization ...

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