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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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Export Revit Files and More with SOLIDWORKS 3D Interconnect 2019

The Alignex Team on January 24, 2019 at 11:30 AM

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With every year, SOLIDWORKS 3D Interconnect helps companies working with multiple data types streamline their product development process in SOLIDWORKS. Gone are the days of long, complicated file translations.

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Best Hardware Recommendations for SOLIDWORKS 2018/2019

Mack Rasmussen on January 21, 2019 at 11:30 AM

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Customers frequently ask us for some guidelines on the best hardware to run SOLIDWORKS on. Luckily, there are some simple guidelines on configuration to help you pick the right type of workstation for your needs. In this post, we will list each of the major types of components and describe how each of the characteristics affect SOLIDWORKS performance.

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What Happens When Your SOLIDWORKS License Expires?

Brad Hakeman on January 17, 2019 at 11:30 AM

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When you purchase a license of SOLIDWORKS, whether it be a Standalone License or Network License, you have the option to purchase your license with Subscription Service.  But what comes with that Subscription?

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DXF/DWG Task Functionality in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2019

Josh Seda on January 10, 2019 at 11:30 AM

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With the 2019 release, SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional is now able to support DWG and DXF file creation for sheet metal files requiring a flat pattern output using the Convert Task in PDM. This option has long been asked for by PDM users. Various workarounds have been used with mediocre success, less than impressive outputs or complex configuration requirements that make the manual output method just as appealing.

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