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How to Activate Realview Graphics in SOLIDWORKS

Brad Hakeman on June 6, 2019 at 11:30 AM

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If you're like me, you enjoy being able to create and test out your new idea in SOLIDWORKS before ever having to create a prototype.  After all your hard work, you're ready to show off your design in a meeting with the rest of your team.  However, the image on the screen doesn't quite match the image your team has in mind, aesthetically.  It's not quite as realistic as they imagine it will be when the physical parts are made.  Maybe the Marketing team was hoping for something a little shinier, maybe in a different color.  What if there were tools at your disposal that would make your hard work 'pop' without running a separate piece of software? That's where the RealView graphics options directly within SOLIDWORKS comes in.

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What's New in DraftSight 2019

The Alignex Team on May 30, 2019 at 11:30 AM

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DraftSight 2019 is finally here and with it comes a slew of new features and improvements in its Professional, Premium, Enterprise and Enterprise Plus versions. This year marks a new chapter in the DraftSight product portfolio, and with it more functionality available than ever before. 

For those unfamiliar with DraftSight, it's a professional-grade design software. It is easy to pick up and learn, allowing users to spend less time training and more time designing. DraftSight also integrates seamlessly with all of your other CAD programs, making switching from platform to platform smooth and simple.

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How to Use the SOLIDWORKS Help Functionality

Eric Weber on May 23, 2019 at 11:30 AM

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The SOLIDWORKS Help menu is a great resource for discovering how to use different pieces of SOLIDWORKS. The Help menu can be found inside of SOLIDWORKS by going to Help > SOLIDWORKS Help. This will bring up the online help menu where you can browse topics on the left side pane. Or, the search functionality near the top will help find what you are looking for very quickly. You can also access different versions of the help menu if required.
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Chamfering Non-Planer Edges in SOLIDWORKS CAM and CAMWorks

John Marks on May 16, 2019 at 11:30 AM

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Have you ever needed to add an edge break to a Boss, Hole or Pocket feature with curvature on the top edge of the surface? I can't tell you how many times I talk to customers struggling to do those very things, unaware that the functionality is only a few clicks away. 

In this video, we will walk through setting up the Chamfering of Non-Planer Edges inside SolidWorks CAM or CAMWorks 2.5 axis milling.

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SOLIDWORKS Tech Alert: End-of-Life for Windows Server 2012 R2

The Alignex Team on May 9, 2019 at 11:30 AM

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This alert is to let you know about changes to system requirements coming with the next version of SOLIDWORKS. 

SOLIDWORKS 2019 SP5 will be the last release to support the Windows Server 2012 R2 operating system. This means that SOLIDWORKS 2020 products including PDM will not install on Windows Server 2012 R2.

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Improving Your Performance with Custom Part and Assembly Templates

James Nelson on May 2, 2019 at 11:30 AM

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Anytime I have to repeat the same tasks or steps over and over again, I’m always looking for a way to streamline that process and make it easier moving forward.  One great way to save time in SOLIDWORKS is to create custom part, assembly and drawing templates.  In this post, we will go through the basic steps of creating templates for parts and assemblies so  you can streamline your workflow and save time as well. 

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Are You Maximizing Your SOLIDWORKS License?

Sam Oanes on April 25, 2019 at 11:30 AM

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"What do I really need SOLIDWORKS for?" This is a question I receive far more often than you would think. Yeah, if you are a product engineer or designer it's a pretty simple question to answer, but many are unaware of all the ancillary products SOLIDWORKS has to offer. The SOLIDWORKS product line stretches well beyond the design areas of your business, and if utilized effectively, it can improve the performance of departments all across your company. So, who really should be using SOLIDWORKS? Let's find out. 

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Gain the Ultimate Competitive Edge with DriveWorks CPQ

Guest Author - DriveWorks Team on April 18, 2019 at 11:30 AM

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The ability to configure, price and quote easily has become essential for manufacturing companies of all sizes, in all industries. We’ve all seen, and probably used, some kind of sales configurator. They’re now widely used by many recognized brands as a way of cost-effectively offering configurable products.

Configurable products are becoming the norm and many companies are seeking a configure, price and quote (CPQ) solution that can help them to meet the increasing demand for custom products and gain a competitive edge.

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The History of SOLIDWORKS

Sam Oanes on April 11, 2019 at 11:30 AM

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As we know, every year SOLIDWORKS releases a new version with hundreds of new features and functionalities. Ninety percent of these enhancements come straight from you, the customer. While thinking about how much it has changed since I started, I decided to compile the highlights of SOLIDWORKS through the years. We tend to take many of these enhancements for granted now, but they were truly groundbreaking at the time they were released. From innovative new functionalities, to all-new product offerings, this blog post will put you in a time machine and take you on a journey through the history of SOLIDWORKS.

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The Ultimate Guide to SOLIDWORKS Training - Drawings

Kevin Breindel on April 4, 2019 at 11:30 AM

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So you've finished (or tested out of) the SOLIDWORKS Essentials course. Congrats! You are now ready to start diving deeper into the SOLIDWORKS interface and learn the nuances that make it such an amazing tool for manufacturers around the world. 

Welcome to part 2 of our Ultimate Guide to SOLIDWORKS Training series. This time around we are walking you through the entirety of the SOLIDWORKS Drawings course, answering any questions that may arise so you know exactly what to expect that first day in the classroom. 

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