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Travis Quick is an Application Engineer at Alignex, Inc. Travis spends his days teaching SOLIDWORKS courses and helping customers on the Alignex Help Desk. If he's not there when you call, he's probably playing video games or testing his physical strength on an outdoor obstacle course.

Turn Your SOLIDWORKS Hack Into a Key Feature with Enhancement Requests

Travis Quick on March 8, 2018 at 11:30 AM

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When you are dealing with such a complex and function rich software like SOLIDWORKS, it's easy for a few hidden features to slip through the cracks. Although some of these offer only minor help to your day-to-day design work, some of them can have a major impact both now and in the future. One of these hidden gems many overlook is called the Enhancement Request. 

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How to Upgrade to a Newer Version of SOLIDWORKS

Travis Quick on July 17, 2017 at 9:10 AM

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With the latest buzz about new versions of SOLIDWORKS, it’s easy to get confused about some of the basics when it comes to upgrading to a newer version. For instance, technically UPGRADING SOLIDWORKS refers to moving major versions like 2017 to 2018, while UPDATING refers to service pack changes. We will use this convention throughout this article.

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Activate/Deactivate SOLIDWORKS for Use on Multiple CPUs

Travis Quick on April 5, 2017 at 8:57 AM

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If you are currently using a stand-alone SOLIDWORKS license, you may not be aware that you have the ability to use that license anywhere you have SOLIDWORKS installed! Simply run through the deactivate process on your active system and this will free the license up to be activated on another computer. This allows you to quickly transfer your license from your workstation, to a lab computer, to your home computer or anywhere else you need to run SOLIDWORKS.

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Top 10 Highlights of My First Year at SOLIDWORKS World

Travis Quick on February 14, 2017 at 1:58 PM

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My name is Travis Quick and I am an Application Engineer with Alignex, based out of Edina, MN. This was my first year at SOLIDWORKS World and I’m excited to tell you about all the great things that went on! From the cool technology that was represented at the Partner Pavilion, to the great new things customers are doing, to getting to meet all the amazing people at SOLIDWORKS that help make this community such a wonderful group to be a part of.

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Top 5 Training Videos on My.SOLIDWORKS.com [VIDEO]

Travis Quick on July 20, 2016 at 3:32 PM

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Have you heard about My.SolidWorks.com? If you have, then you already know about the wealth of SOLIDWORKS information that can be found right at your fingertips. If you haven't, what are you waiting for? Joining is free and easy.

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10 Best Practices for Large Assembly Design

Travis Quick on May 12, 2016 at 8:47 AM

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There is NO EASY BUTTON when it comes to working with complicated assemblies. Only a combination of small fixes and best practices can lead to better performance. If you experience long open times, graphics lags or issues working with mates, it may be time to review your process. 

In this video blog, I'll cover ten assembly best practices to improve large assembly performance.

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Working Smarter with Comparison Tools in SOLIDWORKS [VIDEO]

Travis Quick on April 13, 2016 at 8:33 AM

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Learn how to use the compare functionality in SOLIDWORKS to identify the differences in your model from one revision to the next. With SOLIDWORKS Compare tools designers can quickly see updates without having to interpret revision notes.

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Creating Multilayered Sheet Metal Exports

Travis Quick on November 11, 2015 at 2:41 PM

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After spending a lot of time on a sheet metal model, we often like additional details to be shown in our DXF export. The same steps we cover here can be applied to DWG files and non-sheet metal parts as well.

In this post we will be manipulating our options to create separate layers for various items in our DXF file. This will enable the end user to turn on/off various layers in their 2D program and get a clearer picture of the final design. Let’s begin!

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Converting to Sheet Metal: Work Smarter not Harder!

Travis Quick on July 7, 2015 at 2:30 PM

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I’ve personally used sheet metal to design fixtures, shield electronics and enclose assemblies. After kicking and screaming, I would usually revisit these designs after the other side said it needs to look “pretty.” 

There are lots of reasons that designs get delayed, pushed back or redesigned. To make sure you’re not the bottleneck, let’s review how we can utilize SOLIDWORKS’ full potential and not just the sheet metal functionality. Depending on the difficulty of the design, it may be simpler to start with solid or surface bodies. We would then continue with a process referred to as converting to sheet metal. It is a simple tool to help us work smarter not harder!

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Configurations: Moderation is the Key to Survival

Travis Quick on May 21, 2015 at 10:22 AM

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You’ve nurtured your model from concept. You have an intimate knowledge of every fillet, extrusion and sweep. You've accommodated its need to be different using configurations and are now ready to release your design to the world in the hopes that it will be accepted and flourish. It can, and it will. Your model will survive checking, inspection and most importantly time – if configurations were used in moderation.

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