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CAMWorks Licensing Made Easy - With Dongle

This article explains how you can quickly and effectively obtain a license for CAMWorks when using a USB Dongle device



People contact us because they want to obtain a license for their new or existing CAMWorks program and don't understand how to do this, what they need to do, and where to get the components needed.


Background Information

SOLIDWORKS is "Activation Based", you install SOLIDWORKS standalone and activate the license over the internet, pretty simple.

CAMWorks on the other hand is typically "License File based", you download and install the license manager and then request a license file.

In This case, CAMWorks is using a "hardware USB Dongle" that looks like a USB drive. It contains the specific license for your CAMWorks products.


If you are installing the hardware Dongle license then this is the right article to use.


To get the CAMWorks License manager and Key Manager Software, plus your Sentinel Drivers

Go to, create a login if you don't already have one. (You should get a reply email back within one day). If not, call CAMWorks at 480.367.0132

Note: You will need your CPD number to create a log-in. They are 6 digits long. If you don't have your CAMWorks CPD number please call Hawk Ridge Systems tech support. We can look it up for you.

Now Log in to and click on "Downloads". You will see the Downloads Icon at the lower portion of the page.

After clicking "downloads", you should see a list of links to CAMWorks Options. Click on Miscellaneous Downloads, then download and install the CW License Manager. (this includes "Key Manager" for the dongle)

Now that the CW Key Manager is installed

Right Click on the icon and click run as administrator.

The CAMWorks Key Manager looks like this:

Go ahead and update the Key manager with the COD file you received from CAMWorks.
If you do not have a current COD file, then please request one from CAMWorks.



 What to expect



Open SOLIDWORKS and CAMWorks should open with it.

If the CAMWorks tabs are greyed out you will need to go to the SOLIDWORKS menu - Help>Camworks>License and then check mark the highlighted products that you are entitled to and then click "update license." This will turn on the CAMWorks products in your SOLIDWORKS program.



 Here are some helpful links and contacts

CAMWorks Installation guide 2016

CAMWorks Installation guide 2015

CAMWorks installation guide 2014


Who to call for License support

Hawk Ridge Systems 877-266-4469

CAMWorks 480.367.0132 opt1




Enjoy your new CAMWorks program! Go and make great things.



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