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Work on Your Designs Like Never Before with Virtual & Augmented Reality

Kevin Breindel on May 31, 2018 at 11:30 AM

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Now I am not old by any means, but I'm certainly starting to feel like it. I remember a time when something like virtual reality was found only in movies and TV shows. I would stay up on Friday nights watching Star Trek: The Next Generation as a kid, dreaming of what could be possible if something like the holodeck actually existed. It was a distant pipe dream that only seemed possible in the world of science fiction.

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Why 3D Interconnect Will Make Your Life Easier in 2018

Kevin Breindel on October 12, 2017 at 11:30 AM

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 is here, and with it comes a plethora of new features that help streamline your design process. One of these that has received a lot of love this year is 3D Interconnect. 

One of the major focuses with 2018 has been streamlining the user experience. In this video, we sit down and show you what's new to 3D Interconnect and what these updates mean for your next design project. 

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Students Visit Alignex for a Day of Engineering Exploration

Lara Eckerman on January 11, 2017 at 2:02 PM

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Last Wednesday, Alignex hosted 10 high school students participating in Mayer Lutheran's J-Term Engineering Exploration course. Their visit to Alignex was part of a 4-day field trip visiting machine shops, design shops and 3D printers throughout the Twin Cities to explore careers in engineering and related fields.

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Top 8 SOLIDWORKS Videos Blog Posts of 2016

Lara Eckerman on January 6, 2017 at 2:10 PM

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Looking back on 2016, there have been a number of Alignex video blog posts that have topped our charts. While these posts cover a wide range of topics, they all share one common goal—to highlight key tools and features in SOLIDWORKS to help save you time, avoid rework costs and ultimately streamline your design process. 

Here are the top 8 SOLIDWORKS video blogs of 2016...

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The Best STEM Toys for Kids this Holiday Season

The Alignex Team on December 8, 2016 at 1:13 PM

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Did you know Alignex is a proud sponsor of STEM programs? STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math—subjects that help kids develop critical thinking skills, problem-solving skills and interact with real-world challenges. 

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Alignex Hosts Model Mania at Minneapolis SOLIDWORKS 2017 Launch Event

The Alignex Team on October 27, 2016 at 7:47 AM

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Are your modeling abilities a cut above the rest? Every year at SOLIDWORKS World design engineers from around the country test their skills and compete during a live Model Mania Contest. In 2015, Alignex customer Nick Vande Waerdt from Kooima won 1st place at SOLIDWORKS World. 

This year at our Minneapolis SOLIDWORKS 2017 Launch Event, we thought we’d have a little competition of our own!

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A Sneak Peek at SOLIDWORKS 3D Interconnect [Video]

The Alignex Team on October 10, 2016 at 1:53 PM

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With more core power and performance, and new capabilities for emerging technologies, it’s never been easier to design and create with SOLIDWORKS. Here is just one of our favorite new additions in SOLIDWORKS 2017.

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The Future of Manufacturing and the Necessity for Continuous Innovation

I'm looking forward to my keynote at next Tuesday's SOLIDWORKS 2017 Launch Event at Target Field in Minneapolis, and think you should be there. Here's why! 

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A Sneak Peek at the New User Interface of SOLIDWORKS 2016

Mack Rasmussen on September 22, 2015 at 8:03 AM

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One of the big changes for SOLIDWORKS 2016 is a facelift of the user interface.

One of the first things you will notice about the software when you open it for the first time is a new look and feel. One of the primary reasons for the UI redesign is to fully support ultra-high resolution large format (4K) displays.

Most icons are similar to previous icons, but with crisper lines that improve readability and recognition. The new LARGE ICON size is very easy on the eyes with an ultra-high resolution display.

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Kooima Engineer Wins SOLIDWORKS Model Mania Contest

Mike Strand on March 10, 2015 at 1:15 PM

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Would the fastest designer in the room please stand?

For 16 years, the fastest designers have been standing up to accept prizes at the SOLIDWORKS World convention. Every year there is a competition called Model Mania. In this contest designers are given a drawing of a part never before seen. They then have to create a model of this part, run through a redesign of the part and finally perform a simulation analyzing the forces applied. The rules are laid out, but the technique is not.

We recently talked with Nick Vande Waerdt, the contest winner this year from Kooima, a company we are quite familiar with. Nick is a design engineer and started down the design path right out of college. He has a natural draw toward engineering and modeling and also has experience with this competition.

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