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Best Hardware Recommendations for SOLIDWORKS 2018

Mack Rasmussen on June 14, 2018 at 12:01 PM

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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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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 to Create Drawing Templates and Sheet Formats

Geoffrey King on August 31, 2017 at 11:30 AM

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When it comes to creating projects in SOLIDWORKS, the main goal is to spend as much time as possible on what is important, the design itself. Nobody wants to be stuck wasting unnecessary amounts of time on tasks like recreating file templates over and over. Come on, we are trying to increase productivity here! 

In this video, I'll walk you through the process of creating a drawing template that can be used on multiple projects.

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5 Things About SOLIDWORKS Subscriptions Your Boss Wants to Know

The Alignex Team on August 24, 2017 at 12:30 PM

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At this point, nobody wants to sign up for yet another subscription service. Every day it feels like someone is trying to get me locked into another monthly fee that I will inevitably forget I'm paying for. Then two years down the road I realize I could have purchased a small car for what I've been secretly spending. I cringe thinking about it.

Despite this anxiety, there are still a few great subscription services out there that provide unparalleled value. Netflix is an obvious one of course, but have you heard about the SOLIDWORKS Subscription?

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The Ultimate Guide to SOLIDWORKS Training - Essentials

The Alignex Team on August 17, 2017 at 11:21 AM

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One of the most commonly asked questions we receive here at Alignex is what to expect when taking a SOLIDWORKS training course.

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How to Upgrade to a Newer Version of SOLIDWORKS

Travis Quick on July 17, 2017 at 9:10 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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How to Install Your SolidNetwork License Manager

Eric Weber on July 11, 2017 at 8:10 AM

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This how-to blog post will take you step-by-step through the process of installing your SolidNetwork License Manager (SNL). Installing your SNL is the first step to upgrading your client computers.

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A Complete Guide to Using SOLIDWORKS Rx

Matthew Kusz on June 6, 2017 at 8:45 AM

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The SOLIDWORKS Rx tool allows you to easily capture video and diagnostic information for troubleshooting problems, checking your system performance, and updating your video card driver. It also allows you to run tests and compare your results with fellow SOLIDWORKS users.

By familiarizing yourself with how to use the SOLIDWORKS Rx tool, you'll have the diagnostic tools to communicate and solve any problems you come across. 

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Automatic Cost Estimation without Leaving SOLIDWORKS

The Alignex Team on May 30, 2017 at 11:20 AM

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There are several built-in capabilities of SOLIDWORKS that many customers don’t know about. One of the major ones often overlooked is the SOLIDWORKS costing tool.

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Which SOLIDWORKS Version is Best for You?

The Alignex Team on May 22, 2017 at 3:30 PM

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Whether you’re thinking about taking the leap into the world of SOLIDWORKS for the first time or you’re a SOLIDWORKS user looking for additional functionality, choosing the best SOLIDWORKS version for you can be confusing. SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software is available in three packages—Standard, Professional, and Premium—packed with capabilities developed to help you meet your specific business goals.

Let's take a tour of what is offered in each version of SOLIDWORKS and explore what version might be right for you.

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