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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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Best Hardware Recommendations for SOLIDWORKS 2017

Mack Rasmussen on December 6, 2016 at 8:39 AM

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Customers frequently ask us for some guidelines on the best hardware to run SOLIDWORKS on. Luckily, there are some simple guidelines on configuration to help you pick the right type of workstation for your needs. In this post, we will list each of the major types of components and describe how each of the characteristics affect SOLIDWORKS performance.

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A Game Changer: Using Weldments in SOLIDWORKS

Jackie Yip on November 30, 2016 at 1:10 PM

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To start using Weldments in SOLIDWORKS, create simple layouts with simple line entities along a 2D or 3D sketch. With the power of structural members, you can then group and display all items in the part level. In this blog, I'll show why weldments in SOLIDWORKS is one of the most powerful and fundamental toolsets.

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How to Confirm Hole Alignment in Your SOLIDWORKS Assemblies [VIDEO]

Mack Rasmussen on November 10, 2016 at 8:20 AM

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Ensuring hole alignment between mating components in your assembly designs, prior to manufacturing, can accelerate the overall product development process, save you time and help you to avoid rework costs. 

In this video blog, I'll be taking a look at the Hole Alignment command in SOLIDWORKS assemblies that is helpful when analyzing the accuracy of your mechanical assemblies. 

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How to Accelerate Your Design Process with SOLIDWORKS Treehouse [VIDEO]

Jackie Yip on November 2, 2016 at 1:05 PM

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SOLIDWORKS Treehouse is a powerful standalone application that allows users to organize and setup an assembly outline in which changes can be implemented with ease. Make your assembly outlines faster and more efficient by using the SOLIDWORKS Treehouse application.

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Alignex Hosts Model Mania at Minneapolis SOLIDWORKS 2017 Launch Event

The Alignex Team on October 27, 2016 at 7:47 AM

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Are your modeling abilities a cut above the rest? Every year at SOLIDWORKS World design engineers from around the country test their skills and compete during a live Model Mania Contest. In 2015, Alignex customer Nick Vande Waerdt from Kooima won 1st place at SOLIDWORKS World. 

This year at our Minneapolis SOLIDWORKS 2017 Launch Event , we thought we’d have a little competition of our own!

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