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How Do I Become SOLIDWORKS Certified?

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

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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? 

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How to Create an Extrude-Cut on a Curved Surface

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

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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. 

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The Tale of Two Captains Part 2: Captain Marvel

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

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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.  

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

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

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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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How to Upgrade to a Newer Version of SOLIDWORKS

Travis Quick on March 4, 2019 at 11:30 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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The Tale of Two Captains Part 1: Captain America

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

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Captain America's shield is one of the strongest pieces of tech in the Marvel Universe, but how strong? With the release of Captain Marvel next week, we gave Alignex application engineer Mike Dady the task of answering that very question with the help of SOLIDWORKS Simulation.

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SOLIDWORKS World 2019 Recap

The Alignex Team on February 21, 2019 at 11:30 AM

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Well another SOLIDWORKS World has come and gone, and with it more anticipation for what's to come with our favorite 3D design platform. If you missed this year's event, we've compiled all of our coverage from each day into one location just for you. 

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10 Best Practices for Large Assembly Design

Travis Quick on February 11, 2019 at 11:30 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. 

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How to Get Started with MBD Implementation

Cole McLeod on February 7, 2019 at 11:30 AM

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In our previous MBD blog, we discussed exactly what Model-Based Definition is and clarified some of the misconceptions many people have about it. Now that that it is out of the way, the next big question is where to start when implementing something so impactful and widespread. Let’s take a look at the early items to consider to get MBD implemented at your company.

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How to Customize Your Drawings with the Line Format Toolbar

Sam Oanes on January 31, 2019 at 11:30 AM

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The Line Format Toolbar can be used in drawings to change an entity’s appearance. Using this toolbar, we have the ability to control an entity’s color, line thickness, and line style. These appearances can be managed through layers to maintain consistency across a series of selections. This blog post will summarize and show how to use these capabilities.

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