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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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Collaboration on Electro-Mechanical Designs

Mack Rasmussen on February 19, 2018 at 11:15 AM

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Collaboration is an important part of the design process, but it’s not always as good as it could be. Sometimes we see this situation with teams that work on products with embedded electrical content – where the workflow between mechanical and electrical engineers is critical. One way we’ve seen customers improve in this area is by streamlining their processes with SOLIDWORKS Electrical.

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7 Websites Every Engineer Should Be Using Today

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

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A few months back we asked you, the readers of the Alignex blog, to take a survey regarding your favorite engineering-related websites, forums and social media accounts. The goal was to assemble the best answers in hopes of providing engineers and designers more resources to help make their jobs easier. We received an overwhelming amount of fantastic responses, and one terrible one (I'm looking at you guy who suggested Myspace). 

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The Ultimate Guide to SOLIDWORKS Training - Surface Modeling

Kevin Breindel on February 8, 2018 at 11:30 AM

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Welcome to part 5 of our Ultimate Guide to SOLIDWORKS Training series. This time around we are walking you through the entirety of the Surface Modeling course, answering any questions that may arise so you know exactly what to expect that first day in the classroom
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Everything You Need to Know About SOLIDWORKS Online Licensing

The Alignex Team on February 1, 2018 at 11:30 AM

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Have you ever wanted a little more flexibility with your SOLIDWORKS? Good news, SOLIDWORKS 2018 is here and so is SOLIDWORKS Online Licensing. With Online Licensing, users have the flexibility to use their seat of SOLIDWORKS anywhere it's installed—at work, at home or even on the road—without needing to activate or deactivate their current machine. 

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SOLIDWORKS Performance Battle: AMD Ryzen vs. Intel [VIDEO]

The Alignex Team on January 22, 2018 at 2:00 PM

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In this 35-minute video from MechFuse Design and Engineering Summit, Alignex's Technical Director, Mack Rasmussen, gives you a detailed look at how to best configure your workstation to run SOLIDWORKS and improve your computer's  day-to-day performance.

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How Branch & Merge Integration Takes SOLIDWORKS PDM to the Next Level

The Alignex Team on January 18, 2018 at 11:30 AM

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Every year SOLIDWORKS adds new features to their product lines that aim to make your job easier. This year, SOLIDWORKS PDM 2018 adds Branch & Merge and Table Integration, allowing you to manage your data better than ever before.

This video outlines what these new features mean for you, as well as how you can use them today to make your production processes faster and smarter. 

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The Ultimate Guide to SOLIDWORKS Training - Advanced Part Modeling

Kevin Breindel on January 11, 2018 at 11:30 AM

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Welcome to part 4 of our Ultimate Guide to SOLIDWORKS Training series. This time around we are walking you through the entirety of the Advanced Part Modeling course, answering any questions that may arise so you know exactly what to expect that first day in the classroom
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6 SOLIDWORKS Composer Features You Need to Learn

The Alignex Team on January 4, 2018 at 11:30 AM

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You’re already convinced that SOLIDWORKS Composer streamlines your production process. Next you need to learn the key features that will use your existing 3D CAD data to make high quality illustrations, photorealistic images, BOMs and interactive animations. Check out these six short video tutorials and see how to use the most popular features in SOLIDWORKS Composer.

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Create Quality Castings with solidThinking Click2Cast

Guest Author - solidThinking Team on December 21, 2017 at 11:30 AM

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Wishful Thinking

If you design casted parts or tooling, and are a SOLIDWORKS user you may have hoped for the ability to simulate casting within SOLIDWORKS, possibly using the Plastics add-in? That would be a reasonable wish. Plastics is easy to use and relatively inexpensive. However, that is not the case for one main reason.

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