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Why 3D Interconnect Will Make Your Life Easier in 2018

Kevin Breindel on October 12, 2017 at 11:30 AM

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 is here, and with it comes a plethora of new features that help streamline your design process. One of these that has received a lot of love this year is 3D Interconnect. 

One of the major focuses with 2018 has been streamlining the user experience. In this video, we sit down and show you what's new to 3D Interconnect and what these updates mean for your next design project. 

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The Ultimate Guide to SOLIDWORKS Training - Drawings

Kevin Breindel on October 5, 2017 at 11:00 AM

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So you've finished (or tested out of) the SOLIDWORKS Essentials course. Congrats! You are now ready to start diving deeper into the SOLIDWORKS interface and learn the nuances that make it such an amazing tool for manufacturers around the world. 

Welcome to part 2 of our Ultimate Guide to SOLIDWORKS Training series. This time around we are walking you through the entirety of the SOLIDWORKS Drawings course, answering any questions that may arise so you know exactly what to expect that first day in the classroom. 

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Top 5 CAD Admin Dashboard Tools You Should Be Using Today

Adam Stadelmann on September 21, 2017 at 11:30 AM

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The top CAD Admin Dashboard is an excellent web based reference tool that allows you, as the SOLIDWORKS Admin, to monitor the computers that have or have had SOLIDWORKS installed on them. The CAD Admin Dashboard is accessed by logging into the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal.

Hidden inside this Dashboard is a myriad of great tools that can help make your SOLIDWORKS experience even better. In this article we will work you through where to find the Dashboard, and some of the top tools found within. 

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Virtual Reality: Making the Impossible, Possible

Kevin Breindel on September 13, 2017 at 12:00 PM

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"Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its continuing mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before."

For many, hearing that quote for the first time sparked a curiosity about space and the hidden complexities of mankind's "final frontier." However, that dream will remain just a dream for most of us because apparently, it's really hard to become an astronaut.

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How to Create Custom Weldment Profiles in SOLIDWORKS

Sam Oanes on September 7, 2017 at 11:30 AM

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If you have worked with SOLIDWORKS there has undoubtedly come a time when you couldn't find the the weldment profile you need for a given job. As a result, you are required to enter each and every part parameter in individually in order to move forward. Inevitably eating up time, and money.

In this Alignex video blog, we sit down and show you how to create your own custom weldment profiles for any job, speeding up any custom projects you may be doing in the future. 

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How to Create Drawing Templates and Sheet Formats

Geoffrey King on August 31, 2017 at 11:30 AM

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When it comes to creating projects in SOLIDWORKS, the main goal is to spend as much time as possible on what is important, the design itself. Nobody wants to be stuck wasting unnecessary amounts of time on tasks like recreating file templates over and over. Come on, we are trying to increase productivity here! 

In this video, I'll walk you through the process of creating a drawing template that can be used on multiple projects.

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5 Things About SOLIDWORKS Subscriptions Your Boss Wants to Know

The Alignex Team on August 24, 2017 at 12:30 PM

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At this point, nobody wants to sign up for yet another subscription service. Every day it feels like someone is trying to get me locked into another monthly fee that I will inevitably forget I'm paying for. Then two years down the road I realize I could have purchased a small car for what I've been secretly spending. I cringe thinking about it.

Despite this anxiety, there are still a few great subscription services out there that provide unparalleled value. Netflix is an obvious one of course, but have you heard about the SOLIDWORKS Subscription?

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The Ultimate Guide to SOLIDWORKS Training - Essentials

The Alignex Team on August 17, 2017 at 11:21 AM

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One of the most commonly asked questions we receive here at Alignex is what to expect when taking a SOLIDWORKS training course.

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Alignex Guide to SNL Options File

The Alignex Team on August 9, 2017 at 8:15 AM

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The Options File can be used to return a license back to the pool when the SolidNetwork License manager (SNL) sees inactivity on a client machine. This is especially helpful when administering PDM, giving a company a tremendous amount of flexibility on how licensing is handled.

This guide will show you the steps to create your own Options File using the SolidNetwork License Manager.

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Perfect Designs in Real-Time with SOLIDWORKS Conceptual Designer

The Alignex Team on August 3, 2017 at 9:15 AM

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Are you interested finding a better way to save and manage your CAD information in a safe, secure environment? If so, SOLIDWORKS Conceptual Designer is just the tool you have been looking for. Integrating mechanical components into a single modeling environment allows for the rapid creation, manipulation, and modification of designs in real-time. 

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