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Are You Maximizing Your SOLIDWORKS License?

Sam Oanes on April 25, 2019 at 11:30 AM


"What do I really need SOLIDWORKS for?" This is a question I receive far more often than you would think. Yeah, if you are a product engineer or designer it's a pretty simple question to answer, but many are unaware of all the ancillary products SOLIDWORKS has to offer. The SOLIDWORKS product line stretches well beyond the design areas of your business, and if utilized effectively, it can improve the performance of departments all across your company. So, who really should be using SOLIDWORKS? Let's find out. 


Gain the Ultimate Competitive Edge with DriveWorks CPQ

Guest Author - DriveWorks Team on April 18, 2019 at 11:30 AM


The ability to configure, price and quote easily has become essential for manufacturing companies of all sizes, in all industries. We’ve all seen, and probably used, some kind of sales configurator. They’re now widely used by many recognized brands as a way of cost-effectively offering configurable products.

Configurable products are becoming the norm and many companies are seeking a configure, price and quote (CPQ) solution that can help them to meet the increasing demand for custom products and gain a competitive edge.


The History of SOLIDWORKS

Sam Oanes on April 11, 2019 at 11:30 AM


As we know, every year SOLIDWORKS releases a new version with hundreds of new features and functionalities. Ninety percent of these enhancements come straight from you, the customer. While thinking about how much it has changed since I started, I decided to compile the highlights of SOLIDWORKS through the years. We tend to take many of these enhancements for granted now, but they were truly groundbreaking at the time they were released. From innovative new functionalities, to all-new product offerings, this blog post will put you in a time machine and take you on a journey through the history of SOLIDWORKS.


The Ultimate Guide to SOLIDWORKS Training - Drawings

Kevin Breindel on April 4, 2019 at 11:30 AM


So you've finished (or tested out of) the SOLIDWORKS Essentials course. Congrats! You are now ready to start diving deeper into the SOLIDWORKS interface and learn the nuances that make it such an amazing tool for manufacturers around the world. 

Welcome to part 2 of our Ultimate Guide to SOLIDWORKS Training series. This time around we are walking you through the entirety of the SOLIDWORKS Drawings course, answering any questions that may arise so you know exactly what to expect that first day in the classroom. 


Save Time and Money with the Hole Wizard Customization Tool

Mike Dady on March 28, 2019 at 11:30 AM


There is nothing more frustrating for us at Alignex then hearing our customers are struggling with a project. It's even worse when we find out the problem is easily fixable with a feature already hidden within the SOLIDWORKS interface. This week, Alignex application engineer Mike Dady is here to introduce the Hole Wizard Customization Tool, a little known gem that can help save your team a ton of hassle in the future. 


SOLIDWORKS Support for Windows 10

Mack Rasmussen on March 25, 2019 at 11:30 AM


Microsoft released Windows 10 on July 29, 2015.  Here’s the SOLIDWORKS plan for supporting Windows 10.

Windows 10 SOLIDWORKS Supported Editions
• Windows 10 Pro (64 bit only)
• Windows 10 Enterprise (64 bit only)

Windows 10 SOLIDWORKS Support Schedule (All Products)
• SOLIDWORKS 2015: SP5 (Released November 18, 2015)
• SOLIDWORKS 2016: SP0 (SOLIDWORKS 2016 Beta 2 and SOLIDWORKS PDM Beta 3 will include Beta level support for Windows 10)

Thinking of upgrading your OS? Take a look at this SOLIDWORKS compatibility chart:


How Do I Become SOLIDWORKS Certified?

James Nelson on March 21, 2019 at 11:30 AM


If you’re a student, professional or manager that utilizes SOLIDWORKS, then obtaining certifications is a great way to stand out from the rest of the pack. It can even be the difference rising to the next level in your organization. Long story short, SOLIDWORKS certifications are definitely worth your time. The next question is how do you go about getting certified? 


How to Create an Extrude-Cut on a Curved Surface

Jesse Ortman on March 18, 2019 at 11:30 AM


Sometimes you will find yourself in a situation where you need to create an extrude-cut on a curved surface. People new to SOLIDWORKS get freaked out just at the thought of tackling such a complex endeavor, but really it's not as difficult as it seems.

Today I'm going to walk you through the step-by-step process on how to create an extrude-cut on a curved surface, and offer a few quick tips along the way. 


The Tale of Two Captains Part 2: Captain Marvel

Mike Dady on March 14, 2019 at 11:30 AM


Well as many of you probably know, Captain Marvel hit theaters last week and from the looks of it is going to be a gigantic hit. One of the people who joined the masses in the theater was our very own Marvel expert Mike Dady. After seeing just how powerful Captain Marvel was on the big screen, we asked Mike to find out exactly how powerful, with the help of SOLIDWORKS Simulation.  


How Do I Find My SOLIDWORKS Version, Service Pack and Serial Number?

Eric Weber on March 7, 2019 at 11:30 AM


Every year, SOLIDWORKS offers a new major version release of the software. With that comes hundreds of updates and enhancements. Some updates are small and may go unnoticed by some users, but we also see very powerful enhancements such as new sketch, feature, drawing or assembly tools.



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