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Posts by Mack Rasmussen

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.

How to Find the Widest Part of Your Geometry in SOLIDWORKS

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


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.


Create an Awesome Custom SOLIDWORKS Interface

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


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.


How to Fix SOLIDWORKS Launch Issues Caused by Windows Update KB3097877

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


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.  


A Sneak Peek at the New User Interface of SOLIDWORKS 2016

Mack Rasmussen on September 22, 2015 at 8:03 AM


One of the big changes for SOLIDWORKS 2016 is a facelift of the user interface.

One of the first things you will notice about the software when you open it for the first time is a new look and feel. One of the primary reasons for the UI redesign is to fully support ultra-high resolution large format (4K) displays.

Most icons are similar to previous icons, but with crisper lines that improve readability and recognition. The new LARGE ICON size is very easy on the eyes with an ultra-high resolution display.


How to Repair Imported Geometry

Mack Rasmussen on July 1, 2015 at 10:30 AM


Working with CAD models created in other systems is always a challenge. Any time you transfer a model from CAD system “A” to CAD system “B” there can be issues. Think of it like trying to translate a complex poem from one language to another. Sometimes there will be a loss of meaning in translation.

Similarly, when we read in a model from another CAD system into SOLIDWORKS, there can be issues as well.  This post will show you how to:


Automate Your Documentation Process with SOLIDWORKS Inspection

Do you or someone at your company create industry standard reports, such AS9102 or PPAP forms, in order to meet safety regulations and requirements? If so, you’re probably very familiar with how time-consuming and tedious these reports can be.

SOLIDWORKS Inspection is a new application that reduces the time needed to create inspection documentation. We have customers who have told us they’ve seen reductions up to 75%. It virtually eliminates manual errors, improves quality and reduces time to market.



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