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Mike Strand works with both the Marketing and the Application Engineering team at Alignex, Inc. During the week he attends engineering events, edits YouTube videos and writes posts for the Alignex Blog. On the weekend you’ll find Mike driving ATVs, snowmobiling and building tools like a cantilever lifting hoist.

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How to Find and Back up Custom Data in SOLIDWORKS

Mike Strand on January 29, 2015 at 3:28 PM

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Backing up design files can save many hours in the event of a change. In the case of a SOLIDWORKS version update for instance, these files can be overwritten and with them hours of design time. For companies with network drives and servers, some of this may already be taken care of. But more likely to be over-looked are the file document customizations. These are the files like our drawing and part templates or sheet formats and bend tables. Where are these stored and how do we back them up?

Common customized files include sheet formats, templates, design library items and of course toolbox data. Some of these may be stored on a shared drive or PDM system like SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM (EPDM) but if not, the following listed locations should be checked. Watch the video below on our YouTube Channel or follow these steps. 

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Recent SOLIDWORKS 2015 Event Inspires Nebraska Users

Mike Strand on November 25, 2014 at 9:53 AM

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Few things seem to mesh better than a conference for engineers and designers hosted at an air and space museum. Enter SAS, the Strategic Air and Space museum near Omaha, NE. Recently we hosted an event there that brought together people from a multitude of industries to unveil the new features of Dassault’s latest SOLIDWORKS release. Covering everything from weldment and sheet metal updates to some brand new pattern features, we sought to gauge some of the response from all of the well experienced users. So here it is:

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Tips for Modeling Productivity and Troubleshooting Files in SOLIDWORKS

Mike Strand on November 18, 2014 at 10:57 AM

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One of the great things about a CAD community like SOLIDWORKS is the amount of resources available for learning and skill building. At a recent SOLIDWORKS Workshop event in St. Cloud, MN we covered things like user productivity tips for streamlining modeling and troubleshooting certain rare file scenarios. Here are some of the tips we covered.

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Top 3 Features at SOLIDWORKS 2015 Workshop

Mike Strand on November 11, 2014 at 3:04 PM

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As SOLIDWORKS' latest version launches some may be wondering, what should I know? We had the chance to meet with some users recently at an Alignex event in St. Cloud, MN where we showed some of the new features and witnessed the reception they got at our event. Here are three of the top new features we covered:

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