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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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Keeping Up with the Lingo: A Quick Guide to SOLIDWORKS (and other) Abbreviations

Travis Quick on January 3, 2019 at 11:30 AM

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Responding with LOL, lots of love, to a friend’s recent text that their dog passed away is tragically embarrassing. As I get older, I need to work harder to keep up with today’s latest trends and vernacular. To spare you some of my struggles, here is a quick list of some SOLIDWORKS lingo as well as some others I have found in the workplace!

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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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Creating and Using Derived Parts in SOLIDWORKS

Eric Weber on November 29, 2018 at 11:30 AM

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Every SOLIDWORKS user has a basic understanding of how file references work. We typically make a part then create a drawing that shows views of this part. When creating the views on the drawing, what is really happening is the drawing views are looking at the actual part file and displaying it in a way that is based on our view settings. We say that the drawing references the part file.

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How to Transform a Solid Object into a Complex Surface

Jackie Yip on September 13, 2018 at 11:30 AM

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In this video blog, Alignex engineer Jackie Yip demonstrates how to harness the unique Dome and Deform functionality in SOLIDWORKS to transform a solid object it into a complex surface with ease.

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How to Create an Extrude-Cut on a Curved Surface

Jesse Ortman on August 30, 2018 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 Extract Raw Curve Data from an Image File

Eric Weber on June 28, 2018 at 11:30 AM

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Have you ever wanted to be able to import information from an image file but didn't have the original data?  Well we've got you covered. Join Alignex engineer Eric Weber as he walks you through the process of creating X/Y plots on any picture you can find. 

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Best Hardware Recommendations for SOLIDWORKS 2018

Mack Rasmussen on June 14, 2018 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 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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How Often Should I Upgrade My SOLIDWORKS Workstation?

Mack Rasmussen on April 19, 2018 at 11:30 AM

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I get asked frequently about hardware in regards to SOLIDWORKS. Sometimes it's people getting ready to buy their first license and asking about, “What would a good computer be for me to run it on?” Sometimes it’s a big engineering department head asking,“What should we look at for hardware upgrades this year?” You get the idea. I’m the guy most of these questions come to at Alignex.  

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