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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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SOLIDWORKS includes many powerful toolsets that enable designers to start from a basic set of features to more demanding processes. In this video, I’ll demonstrate a technique that enables users to control a solid object and transform it into a complex surface. By harnessing the unique Dome and Deform SOLIDWORKS offers, we can move from a simple designing approach into one that will take seconds to accomplish.  

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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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Turn Your SOLIDWORKS Hack Into a Key Feature with Enhancement Requests

Travis Quick on March 8, 2018 at 11:30 AM

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When you are dealing with such a complex and function rich software like SOLIDWORKS, it's easy for a few hidden features to slip through the cracks. Although some of these offer only minor help to your day-to-day design work, some of them can have a major impact both now and in the future. One of these hidden gems many overlook is called the Enhancement Request. 

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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 Easily Manage Configurations with Configuration Publisher

Mike Dady on December 7, 2017 at 11:30 AM

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It goes without saying that one of the most frequently asked questions people have for us at Alignex is how to cut time and be more efficient when working with their 3D CAD designs.

In this video blog, I'll walk you through how to easily manage your configurations with a little known tool already found in the SOLIDWORKS platform, the Configuration Publisher. 

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Streamline Projects with the Custom Property Tab Builder

Jackie Yip on October 19, 2017 at 11:30 AM

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Every year SOLIDWORKS adds new features and functionalities to help enhance the user experience and assist you in taking your designs to the next level. Efficiency is the the key to success it seems. 

In this video, I'll be walking you through the Custom Property Tab Builder and show you that with just a few clicks, you can save time and streamline your project designs going forward.

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