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Is SOLIDWORKS Compatible with Windows 10 Home?

The Alignex Team on February 4, 2016 at 3:09 PM

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Just a reminder, Windows 10 Home and Windows To Go editions are not supported operating systems for SOLIDWORKS.

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How to Find the Widest Part of Your Geometry in SOLIDWORKS

Mack Rasmussen on January 27, 2016 at 2:00 PM

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One of the challenges that everyone who works with non-prismatic shapes (think odd, free-form organic shapes) faces is trying to determine where exactly the widest part of the geometry is from a given viewing direction.

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Create Photorealistic Renderings with SOLIDWORKS Visualize - Coming Soon!

Dean Schley on January 19, 2016 at 4:30 PM

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Coming soon to Professional or Premium licenses of SOLIDWORKS is a new external product for rendering your parts and assemblies. But wait, don’t we have PhotoView 360 already? Well yes, but SOLIDWORKS Visualize (currently in Beta, subject to change) will help both non-technical users and CAD users leverage 3D CAD data to create photo ‘catalog’ quality renderings and content.

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Create an Awesome Custom SOLIDWORKS Interface

Mack Rasmussen on January 12, 2016 at 8:30 AM

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Save time with an easy to create personalized SOLIDWORKS interface.

Much of our design time is composed of a multitude of picks and clicks, but what if we could cut that number of clicks with the same desired outcome? Personalizing your SOLIDWORKS interface to more closely mirror your typical daily design actions is a great way to accomplish this. By switching from normal command prompts and tool bars to more personalized "S" key and mouse gestures you can easily save yourself 35 percent, or even more, of your time.

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Optimize Your Hardware for SOLIDWORKS 2016

The Alignex Team on January 5, 2016 at 3:47 PM

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Since the release of SOLIDWORKS 2016, there have been a lot of questions surrounding hardware requirements, optimal RAM, video cards and more. To ensure you are always working with a SOLIDWORKS supported and optimized system, use these tips from the Alignex technical staff. Though these recommendations are a good starting point for spec’ing out a SOLIDWORKS machine, it is always a good idea to conduct your own hardware/software tests before purchasing any workstation, computer hardware or video card for SOLIDWORKS.

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Top 6 SOLIDWORKS Blog Posts of 2015

The Alignex Team on December 29, 2015 at 12:30 PM

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As 2015 comes to a close, we would like to thank you for a great year! We hope you’ve enjoyed reading and have picked up a few tricks along the way. Here are six of our best blog posts from 2015:

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How to Modify a Stand-Alone License to a SolidNetWork License

Mike Strand on December 22, 2015 at 12:10 PM

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To achieve greater flexibility such as floating a license between users or to allow for scaling, modifying a stand-alone license to a SolidNetWork License (SNL) is a common practice to us. We wanted to lay out the steps to make the process of setting up a network license quick and easy. Here’s how to change individual SOLIDWORKS computers from stand-alone to operating on a network.

From Client Computer (Non - Administrator):

STEP 1: With SOLIDWORKS open - Navigate to the Help drop down menu and select Transfer Licenses.

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How to Install Multiple Versions of SOLIDWORKS on One PC

Jackie Yip on December 16, 2015 at 9:23 AM

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When a new version of SOLIDWORKS is released, most users choose to perform an upgrade on their machine. However, what if one of your customers is still stuck on an older release, while you already made the upgrade? If you are caught in this situation, there is a way to keep a previous version on the same machine.

SOLIDWORKS has an option to install previous versions of the software without losing any existing installations. In the steps below, I’ll demonstrate how to install the 2015 version of SOLIDWORKS on a machine that already has either a newer or existing version.

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Top Changes in SOLIDWORKS 2016 to Assembly Mates and Motion

Jesse Ortman on December 7, 2015 at 4:37 PM

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With the recent release of SOLIDWORKS 2016 there have been some really nice enhancements in the Assembly Mates arena. Some of these new enhancements are crowd pleasers and are sure to increase productivity for any user. Veteran users included.

The very first and probably the most productive one is when you are in the Mate command. The very first click you do on a face of a component turns that component transparent. This allows immediate visual and selection access to another component that was ‘underneath’ or ‘inside’ of it.

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How to Modify a SOLIDWORKS Install

Mike Strand on December 1, 2015 at 3:54 PM

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If a user needs to modify an install because of a new serial number or a different product, there are a few steps to follow to help make it a smooth transition. This guide will take a step by step approach to changing the license number or adding/removing the programs in a SOLIDWORKS install.

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