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Mack Rasmussen is the Technical Director at Alignex, Inc. It’s rare for Mack to have a spare moment between leading Alignex’s team of application engineers and supporting our sales team, but when he does, you’ll most likely find this avid sportsman in the outdoors—skiing with his son, camping, fishing or hunting.

Best Hardware Recommendations for SOLIDWORKS 2018

Mack Rasmussen on June 14, 2018 at 12:01 PM

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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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How Often Should I Upgrade My SOLIDWORKS Workstation?

Mack Rasmussen on April 19, 2018 at 11:30 AM

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I get asked frequently about hardware in regards to SOLIDWORKS. Sometimes it's people getting ready to buy their first license and asking about, “What would a good computer be for me to run it on?” Sometimes it’s a big engineering department head asking,“What should we look at for hardware upgrades this year?” You get the idea. I’m the guy most of these questions come to at Alignex.  

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Collaboration on Electro-Mechanical Designs

Mack Rasmussen on February 19, 2018 at 11:15 AM

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Collaboration is an important part of the design process, but it’s not always as good as it could be. Sometimes we see this situation with teams that work on products with embedded electrical content – where the workflow between mechanical and electrical engineers is critical. One way we’ve seen customers improve in this area is by streamlining their processes with SOLIDWORKS Electrical.

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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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Collision Detection in Mechanisms Using SOLIDWORKS [VIDEO]

Mack Rasmussen on April 19, 2016 at 10:21 AM

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The SOLIDWORKS Collision Detection command allows designers to quickly find and fix colliding components when moving or rotating a component. This command can be used to detect collisions in an entire assembly or you can narrow down your focus and just look at a selected group of components that you are interested in.

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The Interference Detection Tool in SOLIDWORKS [VIDEO]

Mack Rasmussen on March 22, 2016 at 1:50 PM

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Learn how to find problems and errors in your product definitions or assemblies with the Interference Detection tool. It helps you easily see where two parts interfere with each other, and even highlights issues throughout an assembly’s range of motion.

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Saving Time with FilletXpert in SOLIDWORKS

Mack Rasmussen on February 18, 2016 at 8:15 AM

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Sometimes a really great feature (no pun intended) gets lost in the shuffle of hundreds of new things that come out every year, thanks to the hard work of the good folks at SOLIDWORKS. FilletXpert is one of those gems that long time SOLIDWORKS users may have never even known about.   FilletXpert in SOLIDWORKS is just one part of a larger idea called “SWIFT” (SOLIDWORKS Intelligent Feature Technology). Other parts of SWIFT are DraftXpert, SketchXpert, & MateXpert (if any of you reading this would like an intro to those capabilities, please leave a note in the comments section and we will consider doing a future post on them as well).

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How to Find the Widest Part of Your Geometry in SOLIDWORKS

Mack Rasmussen on January 27, 2016 at 2:00 PM

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One of the challenges that everyone who works with non-prismatic shapes (think odd, free-form organic shapes) faces is trying to determine where exactly the widest part of the geometry is from a given viewing direction.

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Create an Awesome Custom SOLIDWORKS Interface

Mack Rasmussen on January 12, 2016 at 8:30 AM

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Save time with an easy to create personalized SOLIDWORKS interface.

Much of our design time is composed of a multitude of picks and clicks, but what if we could cut that number of clicks with the same desired outcome? Personalizing your SOLIDWORKS interface to more closely mirror your typical daily design actions is a great way to accomplish this. By switching from normal command prompts and tool bars to more personalized "S" key and mouse gestures you can easily save yourself 35 percent, or even more, of your time.

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How to Fix SOLIDWORKS Launch Issues Caused by Windows Update KB3097877

Mack Rasmussen on November 17, 2015 at 12:08 PM

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After installing Windows Update KB3097877 on Windows 7 machines, SOLIDWORKS can fail to launch. Microsoft has identified the problem with Windows Update KB3097877 and a newer version has been re-released to resolve this issue.  

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