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What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2021

The Alignex Team on September 24, 2020 at 11:30 AM

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It's that time of year again! SOLIDWORKS 2021 is around the corner and we finally have word of what is new to come in this years release. So if you haven't had a chance to see the extensive feature list of what is coming to this year's launch, sit down, grab a cup of coffee and take a look at what you can expect!

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Introduction to 3D Interconnect Part 2: Breaking the Links

Kris Lind on September 17, 2020 at 11:30 AM

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By now, hopefully, we are all familiar with the functionally of 3D Interconnect. With the ability to import third party CAD files natively into SOLIDWORKS, 3D Interconnect is a must for multi CAD program environments. But what about our (STEP & IGES) files that don’t have a need to be linked to the original?

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DriveWorksXpress – Not Just for Complete Products

Guest Author - DriveWorks Team on September 10, 2020 at 11:30 AM

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Design automation is quickly becoming the norm, offering businesses the opportunity to streamline business processes and adapt quickly to changing market conditions.

DriveWorksXpress is an easy to use, entry-level design automation tool included free inside SOLIDWORKS. Our rules-based software allows you to create multiple versions of your SOLIDWORKS parts, assemblies and drawings, quickly and accurately.

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Streamline your Drawings With Custom Templates

Mike Dady on September 3, 2020 at 11:30 AM

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Hi, I’m Mike Dady, Application Engineer for Alignex. One frequently asked question we get at Alignex is how to customize SOLIDWORKS Drawing Templates and Sheet Formats. Customers want to be able to convey the needed information for manufacturing, yet not spend a tedious amount of time creating Drawings. Let’s take a closer look at that customization process and see how it can save you time and money.

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Flexing Your Skills with Flexible Parts

Jackie Yip on August 27, 2020 at 11:30 AM

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Hello, this is Jackie Yip with Alignex. With the SOLIDWORKS 2020 release, making a part flexible is one of the amazing new features that allows your parts to modify in real-time with the motion of an assembly. And with it – the same part can be reused in other assemblies without the need of separate configurations. If you’re looking to optimize the flexibility of your parts with less rework required in the model, then this will be a great tool for you.

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How COVID-19 has Accelerated Digital Transformation

Guest Author - DriveWorks Team on August 20, 2020 at 11:30 AM

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Digital transformation is a hot topic throughout many industries.

There is a real buzz around the introduction of digitalization and how it can help companies be agile, efficient and resilient.

All essential features when moving forward from the global pandemic.

As a result of COVID-19, we have seen a glimpse into a future world – where digital is a key part of every interaction.

Moving into this new era – we have seen that digital transformation is no longer just a nice to have for those in the manufacturing industry wanting to drive productivity and increase efficiency.

With the world changing at an unprecedented speed, we have seen tangible transformation taking place– with technology at its center.

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What's All Included in My SOLIDWORKS Subscription?

Brad Hakeman on August 13, 2020 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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How to Bring Complex Designs to Life in SOLIDWORKS CAM

Mike Dady on August 6, 2020 at 11:30 AM

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Hi. I’m Mike Dady, Application Engineer for Alignex. A few months ago, I was having dinner at a friends’ house when I was given a wine glass that piqued my SOLIDWORKS interest. The glass had a set of spiral grooves machined on it’s exterior. My engineering brain immediately began wondering how I would go about recreating this exact design within SOLIDWORKS & SOLIDWORKS CAM. Let’s take a look at how it works.

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Introduction to SOLIDWORKS 3D Interconnect

Kris Lind on July 30, 2020 at 11:30 AM

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Introduced in SOLIDWORKS 2017, 3D Interconnect is a great tool for working with non-SOLIDWORKS third-party CAD files* directly within the SOLIDWORKS program. Using 3D Interconnect, we are able to import proprietary CAD files directly into SOLIDWORKS without converting them to SOLIDWORKS files, while also maintaining a fully associative link to the original file.

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 User Interface Improvements

Jackie Yip on July 23, 2020 at 11:30 AM

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With the release of SOLIDWORKS 2020, it has brought some radical and exciting improvements to the user interface and as we learn in this blog, a few of these changes were brought in as a surprise. Let’s take a closer look at how these improvements to help you navigate through the interface to assist you in accomplishing your everyday tasks.

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