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SOLIDWORKS 2016 - Attend a Live Event Near You

Race to Design Simulation Event

Mike Strand on October 9, 2015 at 1:00 PM


Engineers and designers from Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin joined us on September 23rd for a car-themed simulation event + classic car show at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. 

For those of you who weren’t there, here are the highlights!


Morning Agenda: 

Linear Analysis and Design Optimization

Presentation by Brian Zias - Territory Technical Manager at SolidWorks Corporation

We have earned our place on the world’s fastest performance cars. Forgeline Motorsports

For those who hadn’t heard of Forgeline, Brian filled us in. Forgeline Motorsports manufactures the world's finest custom made-to-order lightweight forged aluminum street and racing performance wheels for the most demanding applications.

Brian’s session covered how they addressed various market forces with simulation to gain performanceaddressing questions like: Will it break? What’s my Factor of Safety? Can we make it lighter?


Saving Time with EPDM Workflows

Mike Strand on October 2, 2015 at 4:27 PM


One of the most beneficial and commonly used automated processes of the SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM workflow is the ability to send notifications to the right people throughout the different stages of product development.


A Sneak Peek at the New User Interface of SOLIDWORKS 2016

Mack Rasmussen on September 22, 2015 at 8:03 AM


One of the big changes for SOLIDWORKS 2016 is a facelift of the user interface.

One of the first things you will notice about the software when you open it for the first time is a new look and feel. One of the primary reasons for the UI redesign is to fully support ultra-high resolution large format (4K) displays.

Most icons are similar to previous icons, but with crisper lines that improve readability and recognition. The new LARGE ICON size is very easy on the eyes with an ultra-high resolution display.


My Favorite Tools to Upgrade Your CAD Skills

Jackie Yip on September 16, 2015 at 2:12 PM


At Alignex, we strive to help our customers to learn how SOLIDWORKS can give them a different perspective on designing content to fit their needs. My opportunity presented itself when I was recently teaching the SOLIDWORKS Essentials course.

Spending a few days in the classroom is always a rewarding experience especially when you are instructing the basic fundamentals. It’s all about giving learners an opportunity to experience more of what SOLIDWORKS has to offer.

Here are some of my favorite skills students get to experience in the class:


Reserving Licenses with SolidNetWork License Manager

Mike Strand on August 27, 2015 at 3:45 PM


Say you have a team of 4 designers. The team has a total of 3 licenses (2 Standard, 1 Premium). Two of the designers require the standard features, and two utilize the features within the premium license. They are all on the same network domain. 

In order to leverage the full extent of the premium license, the license manager can be setup so only those who require the additional functionality have access to it. The process for setting up a system for license allocation uses a feature of the SolidNetWork License Manager (SNL) called the 'Options File'. If an administrator wants to structure how licenses get distributed, this is where to go.


Lost and Found: Finding Your Parts

Mike Strand on August 18, 2015 at 10:52 AM


Designers seem to accumulate an abundance of parts – a trend of the trade. When these are parts you can hold in your hand, the situation appears differently. Just like a digital design project, real projects have parts, tools and assemblies. During the course of a team tearing down an engine, for example, these parts and tools may end up scattered throughout the shop or garage without a trace of who, what when and where.


How to Create an Extrude-Cut on a Curved Surface

Jesse Ortman on August 6, 2015 at 2:22 PM


Sometimes you will find yourself in a situation where you need to create an extrude-cut on a curved surface.

Take the following part for example:

There is not a single flat face on this part (other than the 3 primary planes) on which to base a classic 2D sketch for your cut.

The challenge is to create a blind cut into the model and have the bottom face of the hole maintain the shape of the original face before the cut. For now we will assume no draft is necessary.


A Customer Story: Command Tooling Systems

Blake Bowker on July 31, 2015 at 11:31 AM


Advanced tools and integrations help Command Tooling Systems stay innovative.

Command Tooling Systems, along with their parent company EWS out of Germany, designs and manufactures precision CNC toolholding products for a variety of industries. Utilizing advanced technologies, like SOLIDWORKS solutions, allows them to continually produce new and innovative tooling options for the industries they serve. 


SOLIDWORKS Support for Windows 10

Mack Rasmussen on July 23, 2015 at 10:42 AM


Microsoft will release Windows 10 on July 29, 2015.  Here’s the SOLIDWORKS plan for supporting Windows 10.

Windows 10 SOLIDWORKS Supported Editions
• Windows 10 Pro (64 bit only)
• Windows 10 Enterprise (64 bit only)

Windows 10 SOLIDWORKS Support Schedule (All Products)
• SOLIDWORKS 2016: SP0 (SOLIDWORKS 2016 Beta 2 and SOLIDWORKS PDM Beta 3 will include Beta level support for Windows 10)

Thinking of upgrading your OS? Take a look at this SOLIDWORKS compatibility chart:


Top Ways to Have Better Control Over Your Data

The Alignex Team on July 17, 2015 at 1:02 PM


Find the files you're looking for, collaborate in real-time, stay compliant and reduce liability with Product Data Management (PDM) solutions.

1. Search Intuitively, Find it Now and Re-Use What You Have

How many hours per year does your company spend searching for files? You can get that time back.  A PDM solution can virtually eliminate unnecessary searching for resources your engineering team has already generated. It can index key files like Parts, Assemblies and Drawings, along with non-CAD based documents and provide instant accessibility to you and your team.



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