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True Simulation Driven Design with solidThinking Inspire (Part 3)

In Part 2 of this blog series we looked at what goes into creating an optimization run by:

  • Starting with a motion study of our convertible top.
  • Automatically transferring loads data from the motion to the structural optimizations.
  • Applying shape controls and optimization variables to generate shapes based on our specific needs.

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How to Convert an Image File to DXF

Eric Weber on May 17, 2018 at 11:30 AM

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We here at Alignex receive a lot of questions regarding the functionality of the SOLIDWORKS software. One of the questions we receive often is how to take a standard image file and make it compatible with your Draftsight software. In this video, Alignex engineer Eric Weber walks you through the step by step process of how to convert any image file into a DXF file. 

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True Simulation Driven Design with solidThinking Inspire (Part 2)

In part 1 of our blog we covered the business value of driving our design with simulation. In this post it’s time to “get into the weeds” a bit. When setting up simulation studies and specifically optimization, we often think back to setting up proofs or “showing your work” in an exam. If you wanted any partial credit at all before you start trying to solve the problem you need to lay out your: “Givens, Assumptions and Unknowns”.  

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The 3 Best New Features Found in SOLIDWORKS Inspection 2018

Sean Stiehm on April 12, 2018 at 11:30 AM

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Around the time email replaced the carrier pigeon as our main form of non-verbal communication (mid '90s), SOLIDWORKS hit the market with an innovative new CAD product to make the everyday lives of designers and engineers easier.

Fast forward to 2018 and the platform has evolved into, well…a platform. No longer a singular tool with only the designer in mind, it now makes life easier for every person involved in the manufacturing process by offering a variety of purpose-built solutions that, when brought together, combine to form a manufacturing Megazord.

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Everything You Need to Know About SOLIDWORKS CAM

Mike Dady on March 29, 2018 at 11:30 AM

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Since the release of SOLIDWORKS CAM a few months back, we here at Alignex have received lots of questions about what the new software package has to offer. We decided it was finally time to just sit down and hammer out some of the most commonly asked questions in order to make it clearer how SOLIDWORKS CAM would fit into your current workflow. 

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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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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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Automate So You Can Innovate With the Brand New SOLIDWORKS CAM

Kevin Breindel on November 16, 2017 at 11:30 AM

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Brand new in 2018 is SOLIDWORKS CAM. Although it can be a bit confusing trying to understand exactly what it does for you at first, it all boils down to one thing. Saving you time. 

Let's break down the major features included in SOLIDWORKS CAM, and how they will help you spend less time on mundane tasks, and more on taking your products to the next level.  

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8 Reasons to Choose SolidCAM

The Alignex Team on July 5, 2017 at 2:45 PM

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SolidCAM is the premier CAM software option for the CNC and manufacturing professional using SOLIDWORKS. It provides an unparalleled level of power, ease of use plus a seamless single-window integration with SOLIDWORKS.

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Automate Your Documentation Process with SOLIDWORKS Inspection

Do you or someone at your company create industry standard reports, such AS9102 or PPAP forms, in order to meet safety regulations and requirements? If so, you’re probably very familiar with how time-consuming and tedious these reports can be.

SOLIDWORKS Inspection is a new application that reduces the time needed to create inspection documentation. We have customers who have told us they’ve seen reductions up to 75%. It virtually eliminates manual errors, improves quality and reduces time to market.

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