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Navigate Your Data Like Never Before with SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional

The Alignex Team on September 26, 2019 at 11:30 AM

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SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional is a powerful tool that helps define, organize and publish product design data. It guides the design process directly in 3D, which helps streamline product development, cut cycle time, reduce errors and support industry standards.

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A SOLIDWORKS Story - Harvard Integrations

The Alignex Team on September 19, 2019 at 11:30 AM

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Harvard Integrations is a privately owned manufacturer and marketer of a diverse line of custom enclosures and accessories based out of Tea, South Dakota.

In this video we show you how one of their engineers used the power of SOLIDWORKS to bring his artistic vision to life.

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5 Ways PDM Can Help You Succeed Through Design Reuse

The Alignex Team on September 12, 2019 at 11:30 AM

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How often do you find yourself spending valuable time searching for a model or a file? Have you ever had to recreate a model because you could not find the original? Have you ever spent time creating a design only to discover later that one of your colleagues had previously modeled a similar design that would have met your needs? If you are not using an integrated product data management (PDM) system, chances are you can relate to these scenarios.

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Machine Parts Faster with SOLIDWORKS CAM

The Alignex Team on September 5, 2019 at 11:30 AM

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Did you know that SOLIDWORKS CAM can handle about 80% of your day-to-day CNC programming needs? It's simple to learn, fully associative and saves CAM data directly within your SOLIDWORKS model. Best of all, it's already included in your seat of SOLIDWORKS!

In this video, we are going to show you just how simple it is to use SOLIDWORKS CAM to take your SOLIDWORKS model from conceptual design to machined product in a fraction of the time.

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How to Customize Your Interface in SOLIDWORKS Electrical

The Alignex Team on August 29, 2019 at 11:30 AM

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Did you know there is a functionality inside SOLIDWORKS Electrical that allows you to customize almost the entire interface to your liking? Prefer a darker background? Done. Want a larger crosshair? No problem. Find yourself always zooming the wrong direction? Change that and more with the Interface Configuration Tool.

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How to Troubleshoot Using the What's Wrong Dialog

Jackie Yip on August 22, 2019 at 11:30 AM

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When it comes to your CAD designs, we never like to be bugged by those pesky errors and warnings.  This blog will explore the most common causes and how to fix them.  Did I say we are going to have to fix them? How long is it going to take to fix all of those problems? The truth is that it’s relatively quick and simple. With some tricks, you’ll be problem free in no time!

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Simulating Work in Process in SOLIDWORKS CAM

John Marks on August 15, 2019 at 11:30 AM

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The Tips and Trick videos are designed to give a basic overview of functionality when using SOLIDWORKS CAM or CAMWorks. These videos are not intended to replace training for the software but to help you get started using these powerful and time saving features of the SOLIDWORKS CAM and CAMWorks (Computer Aided Manufacturing) Add-ins for SOLIDWORKS.

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What is SOLIDWORKS SpeedPak?

Chris Geringer on August 8, 2019 at 11:30 AM

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How can you increase performance and security in one simple process, without sacrificing appearance?

Easy, use SpeedPak.

What is SpeedPak?

SpeedPak is a simplified configuration of an assembly or subassembly.  No need to suppress components or substitute them with blocky simplified versions.  The SpeedPak configuration retains only the geometry that is needed for dimensioning or mating.  The user is in complete control of what geometry is retained, and what is converted to graphic display.

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How to Apply Custom Materials in SOLIDWORKS

Jackie Yip on August 1, 2019 at 11:30 AM

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Within SOLIDWORKS, materials can be easily applied to a model giving it a distinguished appearance, as well as the ability to perform real-world calculations. In fact, there are hundreds of materials to choose from, but sometimes the ones we want aren’t included by default. In this blog, we’ll show you how to apply custom materials inside SOLIDWORKS along with the techniques to help store and organize them for further use.

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How to Automate Your PDFs in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional

Blake Hartje on July 25, 2019 at 11:30 AM

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One of the most common deliverables for companies is a PDF of their SOLIDWORKS drawing.  For many people out there, the creation of a PDF is a manual process involving a tedious amount of steps, even for those that have PDM!  Let’s add some automation to our PDM workflow to automatically create a PDF of our SOLIDWORKS Drawing!  Despite having the Create PDF task already set up within PDM, there are many of us that are left scratching our heads as to why the PDF doesn’t get an updated data card!  As a solution to these problems, we will highlight the steps to create a PDF data card, create a PDF task, add the task to our workflow, and link variables from our SLDDRW data card to our new PDF card.

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