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How to Create a Custom Toolbox Component - Part 2

Mike Dady on April 2, 2020 at 11:30 AM

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In a previous blog we showed how quickly we can customize the Toolbox to add new fasteners. Today we are going to show how to add other types of hardware to the Toolbox and specify custom properties, like Material. Let’s dive in and see how it works.

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How to Create Reference Planes in SOLIDWORKS

Kris Lind on March 26, 2020 at 11:30 AM

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By now we are all familiar with using the default Reference Planes (Front, Top & Right) within SOLIDWORKS.  Whether being used to start a sketch or mating parts with assemblies, the use of reference planes is a fundamental building block of SOLIDWORKS Part Design or Assembly Modeling.

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How to Use Offset and Convert Entities in SOLIDWORKS

Eric Weber on March 12, 2020 at 11:30 AM

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Convert Entities and Offset Entities are two powerful tools you can use when editing a sketch in SOLIDWORKS. Let’s begin with the Convert Entities tool.

Whenever we need to make a sketch entity that matches other geometry of our model we can use the Convert Entities tool. Using the Offset Entities tool we can do a similar thing, but rather than using the exact entities we can instead do an offset from the entities that were used to create another feature.

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Are You Using SOLIDWORKS Certified Hardware?

The Alignex Team on March 5, 2020 at 11:30 AM

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If you are anything like us, when you make a big purchase you want to know you are getting the most out of that product. This especially goes for software purchases like SOLIDWORKS.

One way to ensure you are getting all you can out of your seat of SOLIDWORKS is pairing it with the optimal hardware setup. But how do you know if your hardware setup is holding you back? Well look no further than the SOLIDWORKS Hardware Certification.

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How to Create a Custom Toolbox Component - Part 1

Mike Dady on February 27, 2020 at 11:30 AM

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Hi, I’m Mike Dady, Application Engineer for Alignex. As many of you probably know, the Toolbox Add-In is a database that allows for the quick addition of fasteners and other hardware to a SOLIDWORKS Assembly. However, many don’t realize that the Toolbox can be customized. Making it possible to create new sizes not included in the database, specifying different materials for items, or even adding the same Custom Properties used in most SOLIDWORKS Models. Let’s take a look at this process.

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How to Reference a Cross-Section within SOLIDWORKS

Jackie Yip on January 23, 2020 at 11:30 AM

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What if you needed to pull a cross-section of a solid with the ability to trace it? Well there are a couple of ways you can go about doing just that. The first is the Slicing tool which first made its appearance back in SOLIDWORKS 2019. Another alternative is the Intersection Curve. In this blog, we’ll go over both tools and distinguish the differences between the two.

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How to Customize Your Interface in SOLIDWORKS Electrical

The Alignex Team on August 29, 2019 at 11:30 AM

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Did you know there is a functionality inside SOLIDWORKS Electrical that allows you to customize almost the entire interface to your liking? Prefer a darker background? Done. Want a larger crosshair? No problem. Find yourself always zooming the wrong direction? Change that and more with the Interface Configuration Tool.

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How to Troubleshoot Using the What's Wrong Dialog

Jackie Yip on August 22, 2019 at 11:30 AM

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When it comes to your CAD designs, we never like to be bugged by those pesky errors and warnings.  This blog will explore the most common causes and how to fix them.  Did I say we are going to have to fix them? How long is it going to take to fix all of those problems? The truth is that it’s relatively quick and simple. With some tricks, you’ll be problem free in no time!

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Simulating Work in Process in SOLIDWORKS CAM

John Marks on August 15, 2019 at 11:30 AM

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The Tips and Trick videos are designed to give a basic overview of functionality when using SOLIDWORKS CAM or CAMWorks. These videos are not intended to replace training for the software but to help you get started using these powerful and time saving features of the SOLIDWORKS CAM and CAMWorks (Computer Aided Manufacturing) Add-ins for SOLIDWORKS.

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What is SOLIDWORKS SpeedPak?

Chris Geringer on August 8, 2019 at 11:30 AM

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How can you increase performance and security in one simple process, without sacrificing appearance?

Easy, use SpeedPak.

What is SpeedPak?

SpeedPak is a simplified configuration of an assembly or subassembly.  No need to suppress components or substitute them with blocky simplified versions.  The SpeedPak configuration retains only the geometry that is needed for dimensioning or mating.  The user is in complete control of what geometry is retained, and what is converted to graphic display.

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