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SOLIDWORKS Tech Alert: End-of-Life for Windows Server 2012 R2

The Alignex Team on May 9, 2019 at 11:30 AM

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This alert is to let you know about changes to system requirements coming with the next version of SOLIDWORKS. 

SOLIDWORKS 2019 SP5 will be the last release to support the Windows Server 2012 R2 operating system. This means that SOLIDWORKS 2020 products including PDM will not install on Windows Server 2012 R2.

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Are You Maximizing Your SOLIDWORKS License?

Sam Oanes on April 25, 2019 at 11:30 AM

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"What do I really need SOLIDWORKS for?" This is a question I receive far more often than you would think. Yeah, if you are a product engineer or designer it's a pretty simple question to answer, but many are unaware of all the ancillary products SOLIDWORKS has to offer. The SOLIDWORKS product line stretches well beyond the design areas of your business, and if utilized effectively, it can improve the performance of departments all across your company. So, who really should be using SOLIDWORKS? Let's find out. 

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The History of SOLIDWORKS

Sam Oanes on April 11, 2019 at 11:30 AM

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As we know, every year SOLIDWORKS releases a new version with hundreds of new features and functionalities. Ninety percent of these enhancements come straight from you, the customer. While thinking about how much it has changed since I started, I decided to compile the highlights of SOLIDWORKS through the years. We tend to take many of these enhancements for granted now, but they were truly groundbreaking at the time they were released. From innovative new functionalities, to all-new product offerings, this blog post will put you in a time machine and take you on a journey through the history of SOLIDWORKS.

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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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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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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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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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How to Install Multiple Versions of SOLIDWORKS on One PC

Jackie Yip on December 20, 2018 at 11:30 AM

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When a new version of SOLIDWORKS is released,  most users choose to perform an upgrade on their machine. However, what if one of your customers is still using an older release? If you are caught in this situation, there is a way to keep a previous version on the same machine.

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How to Modify a SOLIDWORKS Install

The Alignex Team on August 2, 2018 at 11:30 AM

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If a user needs to modify an install because of a new serial number or a different product, there are a few steps to follow to help make it a smooth transition. This guide will take a step by step approach to changing the license number or adding/removing the programs in a SOLIDWORKS install.

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