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How Do I Find My SOLIDWORKS Version, Service Pack and Serial Number?

Eric Weber on December 17, 2020 at 11:30 AM

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Every year, SOLIDWORKS offers a new major version release of the software. With that comes hundreds of updates and enhancements. Some updates are small and may go unnoticed by some users, but we also see very powerful enhancements such as new sketch, feature, drawing or assembly tools.

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Best Hardware Recommendations for SOLIDWORKS 2021

Mack Rasmussen on December 10, 2020 at 11:30 AM

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Lots of changes in the hardware and software fronts in the last couple of years. Let’s take a look at the latest!

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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HW Ventilation Benefit From Ten Times Faster Design Time Since Using DriveWorks Solo

Guest Author - DriveWorks Team on December 3, 2020 at 11:30 AM

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HW Ventilation, based in Rescaldina Italy is a leading company in the ventilation and air movement systems industry.

They design, produce and sell axial impellers and ventilators for industrial use. This includes engine cooling systems, compressors, industrial plants and HVAC systems.

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Navigate Your Data Like Never Before with SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional

The Alignex Team on November 19, 2020 at 11:30 AM

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SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional is a powerful tool that helps define, organize and publish product design data. It guides the design process directly in 3D, which helps streamline product development, cut cycle time, reduce errors and support industry standards.

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Alignex Guide to SNL Options File

The Alignex Team on November 12, 2020 at 11:30 AM

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This guide will take you step by step through the process of updating your SolidNetWork License Manager (SNL) on your server or host computer. The SNL is required to be upgraded to match the most recent version of the SolidWorks Client Installations. In this guide we will download the necessary files, deactivate/uninstall the old SNL, then reinstall/reactivate the new SNL.

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Virtual Showroom with SOLIDWORKS Visualize in less than 1 minute

EXXAR on November 5, 2020 at 11:30 AM

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SOLIDWORKS Visualize is a tool that allows you to leverage your SOLIDWORKS data to create photorealistic content which can then be used to get your products to market faster. Visualize enables the replacement of all CAD Materials with realistic materials, thereby achieving the above end result. This content can also be leveraged to create an immersive Virtual Reality experience as well.

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Extend Your Simulation Capabilities with SIMULIAworks

Tim Spielman on October 29, 2020 at 11:30 AM

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Many people have seen or heard about the benefits of simulation software. We know it's a powerful tool for understanding how our designs will behave in the real world, but as with any tool, there are limitations on what is possible. Sometimes we have to make simplifications to get a simulation study to run. Unfortunately, in some cases we can't get it to run at all. I can think of a few examples from past experience...

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5 Ways You Could be Printing with Metal

The Alignex Team on October 22, 2020 at 11:30 AM

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While metal 3D printing is not replacing traditional manufacturing methods, it is changing how we think about fabricating metal parts. Building a part additively instead of subtractively brings distinct advantages like more geometric freedom, no tooling to make, and the ability to fabricate parts using a completely automated workflow.

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HSI Cranes – Scaling Up From DriveWorks Solo to DriveWorks Pro

Guest Author - DriveWorks Team on October 15, 2020 at 11:30 AM

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Handling Systems International Inc. is a leading manufacturer of Jib Cranes, Gantry Cranes, Workstation Cranes and Bridge Cranes, headquartered in McCook, IL USA. HSI has been using DriveWorks since 2017, to automate the design process of their cranes. They started initially using DriveWorks Solo.

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Ultimate Guide to Getting Started with eDrawings

The Alignex Team on October 8, 2020 at 11:30 AM

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What do you do when someone wants to view your designs, but does not have access to SOLIDWORKS? For over a decade, eDrawings has been a staple for many of our users to view and share CAD information. The Professional ($) version comes with a handful of additional neat features, our focus here is on the free version, eDrawings Viewer.

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