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True Simulation Driven Design with solidThinking Inspire (Part 2)

Guest Author - solidThinking Team on April 26, 2018 at 11:30 AM

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In part 1 of our blog we covered the business value of driving our design with simulation. In this post it’s time to “get into the weeds” a bit. When setting up simulation studies and specifically optimization, we often think back to setting up proofs or “showing your work” in an exam. If you wanted any partial credit at all before you start trying to solve the problem you need to lay out your: “Givens, Assumptions and Unknowns”.  

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How Often Should I Upgrade My SOLIDWORKS Workstation?

Mack Rasmussen on April 19, 2018 at 11:30 AM

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I get asked frequently about hardware in regards to SOLIDWORKS. Sometimes it's people getting ready to buy their first license and asking about, “What would a good computer be for me to run it on?” Sometimes it’s a big engineering department head asking,“What should we look at for hardware upgrades this year?” You get the idea. I’m the guy most of these questions come to at Alignex.  

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The 3 Best New Features Found in SOLIDWORKS Inspection 2018

Sean Stiehm on April 12, 2018 at 11:30 AM

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Around the time email replaced the carrier pigeon as our main form of non-verbal communication (mid '90s), SOLIDWORKS hit the market with an innovative new CAD product to make the everyday lives of designers and engineers easier.

Fast forward to 2018 and the platform has evolved into, well…a platform. No longer a singular tool with only the designer in mind, it now makes life easier for every person involved in the manufacturing process by offering a variety of purpose-built solutions that, when brought together, combine to form a manufacturing Megazord.

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5 Awesome Collaboration Improvements Found in SOLIDWORKS PCB 2018

TongWei Qi on April 5, 2018 at 11:30 AM

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2018, another productive year for fellow electro-mechanical engineers. Thanks to your feedback and the SOLIDWORKS dev team, SOLIDWORKS’ unique ECAD-MCAD collaborative PCB design tools have evolved, boosting your productivity to a new level while saving time and money.

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Everything You Need to Know About SOLIDWORKS CAM

Mike Dady on March 29, 2018 at 11:30 AM

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Since the release of SOLIDWORKS CAM a few months back, we here at Alignex have received lots of questions about what the new software package has to offer. We decided it was finally time to just sit down and hammer out some of the most commonly asked questions in order to make it clearer how SOLIDWORKS CAM would fit into your current workflow. 

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7 (More) Websites Every Engineer Should Be Using Today

Kevin Breindel on March 22, 2018 at 11:30 AM

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In case you missed it, a few weeks back we published a post called 7 Websites Every Engineer Should Be Using Today. It was based off the answers we collected from you, the readers, and was meant to be a resource for all engineers to use to gather all the information they need to do their jobs. Well apparently we missed some....

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The Ultimate Guide to SOLIDWORKS Training - Weldments

Kevin Breindel on March 15, 2018 at 11:30 AM

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Welcome to part 6 of our Ultimate Guide to SOLIDWORKS Training series. This time around we are walking you through the entirety of the Weldments course, answering any questions that may arise so you know exactly what to expect that first day in the classroom
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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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The Techs' Perspective - SOLIDWORKS World 2018

Kevin Breindel on March 1, 2018 at 11:30 AM

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SOLIDWORKS World 2018 ended a few weeks ago and to say that it was an awesome event would be the undersell of the century. The entire week was jam-packed with amazing guest speakers, inspiring breakout sessions and a much needed break from the sub-zero temperatures of the Midwest (thank you, Los Angeles). 

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True Simulation Driven Design with solidThinking Inspire

Guest Author - solidThinking Team on February 22, 2018 at 11:30 AM

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A few months back, we looked at a casting optimization design study we recently completed with our friends at Wisconsin Precision Casting. In that study we used our Click2Cast and Inspire simulation tools to investigate where the real costs for a foundry are and how we can eliminate them? Today I’d like to discuss Inspire in more detail and where it fits in the design process and look at some specific use case examples.

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