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A Complete Guide to Using SOLIDWORKS Toolbox

The Alignex Team on February 23, 2017 at 8:55 AM

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Every year, we update our resource center with technical support documents and quick guides for customers seeking additional help with SOLIDWORKS. Our SOLIDWORKS Toolbox Guide Packet is now available with the latest guides to many different common user actions and their best practices.

This 4-part guide covers administration, customization, access or display, and a permission setting overview of SOLIDWORKS Toolbox.

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Top 10 Highlights of My First Year at SOLIDWORKS World

Travis Quick on February 14, 2017 at 1:58 PM

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My name is Travis Quick and I am an Application Engineer with Alignex, based out of Edina, MN. This was my first year at SOLIDWORKS World and I’m excited to tell you about all the great things that went on! From the cool technology that was represented at the Partner Pavilion, to the great new things customers are doing, to getting to meet all the amazing people at SOLIDWORKS that help make this community such a wonderful group to be a part of.

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New 2018 Features Just Announced at SOLIDWORKS World

The Alignex Team on February 9, 2017 at 3:17 PM

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It's Day 3 at SOLIDWORKS World 2017! In today's general session, we got an exciting preview of new features coming to SOLIDWORKS 2018.

Here are 6 features that got spontaneous audience applause!

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SOLIDWORKS Tech Alert: A Critical DraftSight HotFix

The Alignex Team on February 3, 2017 at 8:15 AM

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It has come to the attention of the DraftSight team at SOLIDWORKS that, due to an expired certificate, Windows* 32 & 64-bit versions of DraftSight released from 2012 to 2017 will not launch and/or will stop running as of March 1, 2017

To avoid usage interruption, please make sure to immediately download and install this critical DraftSight hotfix, which can be found on the main product download page. 

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Create Photorealistic Renderings with SOLIDWORKS Visualize

Dean Schley on January 27, 2017 at 9:25 AM

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Since the release of the new external rendering software SOLIDWORKS Visualize in early 2016, there has been a bit of confusion as to where PhotoView 360 fits into the SOLIDWORKS family of products. 

Wait, there is a new external product for rendering your parts and assemblies? Don’t we have PhotoView 360 already? Well yes, but SOLIDWORKS Visualize helps both non-technical users and CAD users leverage 3D CAD data to create photo ‘catalog’ quality renderings and content.

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An Important Technical Advisory on Updating SOLIDWORKS PDM

Josh Seda on January 18, 2017 at 10:30 AM

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The purpose of this technical advisory is to educate companies on the proper process for upgrading SOLIDWORKS Product Data Management (PDM) in an environment which includes both CAD and PDM. Furthermore this will cover upgrading both Standard and Professional versions with a focus to the latest 2017 version.

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Students Visit Alignex for a Day of Engineering Exploration

Lara Eckerman on January 11, 2017 at 2:02 PM

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Last Wednesday, Alignex hosted 10 high school students participating in Mayer Lutheran's J-Term Engineering Exploration course. Their visit to Alignex was part of a 4-day field trip visiting machine shops, design shops and 3D printers throughout the Twin Cities to explore careers in engineering and related fields.

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Top 8 SOLIDWORKS Videos Blog Posts of 2016

Lara Eckerman on January 6, 2017 at 2:10 PM

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Looking back on 2016, there have been a number of Alignex video blog posts that have topped our charts. While these posts cover a wide range of topics, they all share one common goal—to highlight key tools and features in SOLIDWORKS to help save you time, avoid rework costs and ultimately streamline your design process. 

Here are the top 8 SOLIDWORKS video blogs of 2016...

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Boolean Operations and Multibody Techniques in SOLIDWORKS [VIDEO]

Jesse Ortman on December 20, 2016 at 1:03 PM

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Do you reuse geometry from other SOLIDWORKS part models to elminate the need to re-model or sketch a new part?

In this video blog, I'll be taking a look at boolean operationssuch as Common, Add and Subtract—and other multibody techniques to increase the speed of your design creations and reduce the time spent fixing broken trees. Plus, learn how to maintain existing features while also adding new geometry. 

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The Best STEM Toys for Kids this Holiday Season

The Alignex Team on December 8, 2016 at 1:13 PM

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Did you know Alignex is a proud sponsor of STEM programs? STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math—subjects that help kids develop critical thinking skills, problem-solving skills and interact with real-world challenges. 

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