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What Happens When Your SOLIDWORKS License Expires?

Brad Hakeman on January 17, 2019 at 11:30 AM

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When you purchase a license of SOLIDWORKS, whether it be a Standalone License or Network License, you have the option to purchase your license with Subscription Service.  But what comes with that Subscription?

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DXF/DWG Task Functionality in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2019

Josh Seda on January 10, 2019 at 11:30 AM

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With the 2019 release, SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional is now able to support DWG and DXF file creation for sheet metal files requiring a flat pattern output using the Convert Task in PDM. This option has long been asked for by PDM users. Various workarounds have been used with mediocre success, less than impressive outputs or complex configuration requirements that make the manual output method just as appealing.

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Keeping Up with the Lingo: A Quick Guide to SOLIDWORKS (and other) Abbreviations

Travis Quick on January 3, 2019 at 11:30 AM

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Responding with LOL, lots of love, to a friend’s recent text that their dog passed away is tragically embarrassing. As I get older, I need to work harder to keep up with today’s latest trends and vernacular. To spare you some of my struggles, here is a quick list of some SOLIDWORKS lingo as well as some others I have found in the workplace!

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An Important Technical Advisory on Updating SOLIDWORKS PDM

Josh Seda on January 2, 2019 at 11:30 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 2019 version.

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The Ultimate Guide to SOLIDWORKS Training - Sheet Metal

The Alignex Team on December 27, 2018 at 11:30 AM

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Welcome to part 7 of our Ultimate Guide to SOLIDWORKS Training series. This time around we are walking you through the entirety of the Sheet Metal course, answering any questions that may arise so you know exactly what to expect that first day in the classroom.
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How to Install Multiple Versions of SOLIDWORKS on One PC

Jackie Yip on December 20, 2018 at 11:30 AM

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When a new version of SOLIDWORKS is released,  most users choose to perform an upgrade on their machine. However, what if one of your customers is still using an older release? If you are caught in this situation, there is a way to keep a previous version on the same machine.

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Which CAM Solution Fits You?

Mike Dady on December 13, 2018 at 11:30 AM

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Hi, I’m Mike Dady, Application Engineer here at Alignex. The other day I was on the phone with a customer just getting started with CNC machining and programming. They were wondering which of the different CAM products would best suit their needs. Each product in the CAM product line brings a variety of different machining solutions that will help you optimize your operations. Let’s take a deeper look.

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The Best STEM Gifts of 2018

Kevin Breindel on December 6, 2018 at 11:30 AM

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Hey you! Yeah you. Have you looked at the calendar recently? Christmas is less than 3 weeks away, which means we have officially hit the 2 minute warning of the holiday shopping clock. Lucky for you, whether you waited till the last minute, or you are just looking for a few more presents to put under the tree, Alignex has you covered.  

I present to you our breakdown of the best STEM gifts this holiday season. They are all fun, engaging, educational and most of all, offer you the best chance possible of getting your kids to stop playing Fortnite for like, 2 seconds. Enjoy!

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Creating and Using Derived Parts in SOLIDWORKS

Eric Weber on November 29, 2018 at 11:30 AM

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Every SOLIDWORKS user has a basic understanding of how file references work. We typically make a part then create a drawing that shows views of this part. When creating the views on the drawing, what is really happening is the drawing views are looking at the actual part file and displaying it in a way that is based on our view settings. We say that the drawing references the part file.

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How Much Do You Really Know About Model-Based Definition?

Cole McLeod on November 15, 2018 at 11:30 AM

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We live in a 3D world, so doesn't it make sense that we design in a 3D world? One would think, but for some reason we continue to communicate the same way we have for over 100 years, in a 2D drawing. Luckily there is an opportunity to take that next step toward communicating Product Manufacturing Information. That step is Model-Based Definition.

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