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How to Use the Thickness Analysis Tool in SOLIDWORKS [VIDEO]

Jesse Butwinick on April 26, 2016 at 8:17 AM

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Learn how to use the Thickness Analysis tool in SOLIDWORKS to identify areas in your model which may be too thin or thick to properly manufacture. This tool is often used in the plastics industry to check wall thickness of injection molded parts to insure that mold cavities have enough room for melted plastic to flow into.

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Collision Detection in Mechanisms Using SOLIDWORKS [VIDEO]

Mack Rasmussen on April 19, 2016 at 10:21 AM

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The SOLIDWORKS Collision Detection command allows designers to quickly find and fix colliding components when moving or rotating a component. This command can be used to detect collisions in an entire assembly or you can narrow down your focus and just look at a selected group of components that you are interested in.

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Working Smarter with Comparison Tools in SOLIDWORKS [VIDEO]

Travis Quick on April 13, 2016 at 8:33 AM

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Learn how to use the compare functionality in SOLIDWORKS to identify the differences in your model from one revision to the next. With SOLIDWORKS Compare tools designers can quickly see updates without having to interpret revision notes.

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Finding and Repairing Geometry Failures [VIDEO]

Cole McLeod on April 6, 2016 at 8:27 AM

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One of the most efficient methods to resolve an error in your geometry is to rebuild or repair that section of your model. The SOLIDWORKS Check Entity tool can help you find failed geometry and investigate detailed geometry information. This is a valuable tool to use when Import Diagnostics is unable to repair geometry.

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How to Check for Clearance Verification in SOLIDWORKS [VIDEO]

Jesse Ortman on March 30, 2016 at 9:30 AM

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Learn how to check for clearance failures between your assembly's components or faces with the Clearance Verification tool. By specifying the minimum acceptable clearance around your components you can pinpoint areas in your assembly that may require extra attention.

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The Interference Detection Tool in SOLIDWORKS [VIDEO]

Mack Rasmussen on March 22, 2016 at 1:50 PM

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Learn how to find problems and errors in your product definitions or assemblies with the Interference Detection tool. It helps you easily see where two parts interfere with each other, and even highlights issues throughout an assembly’s range of motion.

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Why You Really Should be Using MySolidWorks

The Alignex Team on March 10, 2016 at 8:09 AM

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Your best SOLIDWORKS resource is just a click away.

So, you’re using SOLIDWORKS but not taking advantage of MySolidWorks? If so, you’re really missing out on one of the best free resources that SOLIDWORKS has to offer. From free training and online storage to easy access to a full manufacturers network and comprehensive user forum, MySolidWorks can really become one of a designer’s best tools.

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SOLIDWORKS Apps for Kids - The Next Generation of STEM

The Alignex Team on March 3, 2016 at 8:18 AM

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At SOLIDWORKS World 2016 last month, the SOLIDWORKS Education team launched a new way get kids interested in STEM - SOLIDWORKS Apps for Kids.

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Component Preview Window in SOLIDWORKS 2016

The Alignex Team on February 25, 2016 at 1:06 PM

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For anyone who has struggled to select the correct face of a component while mating, there is a new feature to help. Whether we’re trying to find the face on the assembly or the component to mate, there is a new Component Preview Window in SOLIDWORKS that was noted as one of the top new features in SOLIDWORKS 2016. It can aid in tricky mating situations such as odd angle insertions or just out-of-view geometry. This can be used with any component in an assembly or subassembly.

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Saving Time with FilletXpert in SOLIDWORKS

Mack Rasmussen on February 18, 2016 at 8:15 AM

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Sometimes a really great feature (no pun intended) gets lost in the shuffle of hundreds of new things that come out every year, thanks to the hard work of the good folks at SOLIDWORKS. FilletXpert is one of those gems that long time SOLIDWORKS users may have never even known about.   FilletXpert in SOLIDWORKS is just one part of a larger idea called “SWIFT” (SOLIDWORKS Intelligent Feature Technology). Other parts of SWIFT are DraftXpert, SketchXpert, & MateXpert (if any of you reading this would like an intro to those capabilities, please leave a note in the comments section and we will consider doing a future post on them as well).

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