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5 Things About SOLIDWORKS Subscriptions Your Boss Wants to Know

The Alignex Team on August 24, 2017 at 12:30 PM

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At this point, nobody wants to sign up for yet another subscription service. Every day it feels like someone is trying to get me locked into another monthly fee that I will inevitably forget I'm paying for. Then two years down the road I realize I could have purchased a small car for what I've been secretly spending. I cringe thinking about it.

Despite this anxiety, there are still a few great subscription services out there that provide unparalleled value. Netflix is an obvious one of course, but have you heard about the SOLIDWORKS Subscription?

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The Ultimate Guide to SOLIDWORKS Training - Essentials

The Alignex Team on August 17, 2017 at 11:21 AM

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One of the most commonly asked questions we receive here at Alignex is what to expect when taking a SOLIDWORKS training course.

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Alignex Guide to SNL Options File

The Alignex Team on August 9, 2017 at 8:15 AM

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The Options File can be used to return a license back to the pool when the SolidNetwork License manager (SNL) sees inactivity on a client machine. This is especially helpful when administering PDM, giving a company a tremendous amount of flexibility on how licensing is handled.

This guide will show you the steps to create your own Options File using the SolidNetwork License Manager.

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Perfect Designs in Real-Time with SOLIDWORKS Conceptual Designer

The Alignex Team on August 3, 2017 at 9:15 AM

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Are you interested finding a better way to save and manage your CAD information in a safe, secure environment? If so, SOLIDWORKS Conceptual Designer is just the tool you have been looking for. Integrating mechanical components into a single modeling environment allows for the rapid creation, manipulation, and modification of designs in real-time. 

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From Start to Finish: An Assembly Document in SOLIDWORKS Composer

The Alignex Team on July 25, 2017 at 3:36 PM

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SOLIDWORKS Composer offers an amazing range of tools for producing all kinds of technical documents from assembly and manufacturing instructions to product marketing materials and user manuals. It often goes overlooked by the majority of customers because they either are not sure the impact it can have on their business or simply because they have no idea that it exists. 

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Reduce Product Weight with SOLIDWORKS Simulation Optimization

The Alignex Team on June 21, 2017 at 10:33 AM

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Reducing product weight and improving performance are key goals in most design projects to minimize costs, and differentiate your products. SOLIDWORKS design optimization allows you to quickly size your design to meet performance needs without using excessive amounts of material. 

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6 Ways SOLIDWORKS Composer Streamlines Your Production Process

The Alignex Team on June 16, 2017 at 8:45 AM

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You put significant time and money into developing your products and want to be sure that they are assembled correctly and quickly on the shop floor. So how do you make sure that your customer's first experience is a good one?

Here are some of the top ways SOLIDWORKS Composer can streamline technical communications at your company:

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Automatic Cost Estimation without Leaving SOLIDWORKS

The Alignex Team on May 30, 2017 at 11:20 AM

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There are several built-in capabilities of SOLIDWORKS that many customers don’t know about. One of the major ones often overlooked is the SOLIDWORKS costing tool.

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Which SOLIDWORKS Version is Best for You?

The Alignex Team on May 22, 2017 at 3:30 PM

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Whether you’re thinking about taking the leap into the world of SOLIDWORKS for the first time or you’re a SOLIDWORKS user looking for additional functionality, choosing the best SOLIDWORKS version for you can be confusing. SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software is available in three packages—Standard, Professional, and Premium—packed with capabilities developed to help you meet your specific business goals.

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How to Modify a Stand-Alone License to a SolidNetWork License

The Alignex Team on March 28, 2017 at 1:56 PM

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To achieve greater flexibility for floating a license between users or to allow for scaling, we recommend modifying a Stand-Alone license to a SolidNetWork License (SNL). Follow the steps below to change individual SOLIDWORKS computers from Stand-Alone to operate on the License Network.

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