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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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Top 5 CAD Admin Dashboard Tools You Should Be Using Today

Adam Stadelmann on September 21, 2017 at 11:30 AM

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The top CAD Admin Dashboard is an excellent web based reference tool that allows you, as the SOLIDWORKS Admin, to monitor the computers that have or have had SOLIDWORKS installed on them. The CAD Admin Dashboard is accessed by logging into the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal.

Hidden inside this Dashboard is a myriad of great tools that can help make your SOLIDWORKS experience even better. In this article we will work you through where to find the Dashboard, and some of the top tools found within. 

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How to Create Custom Weldment Profiles in SOLIDWORKS

Sam Oanes on September 7, 2017 at 11:30 AM

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If you have worked with SOLIDWORKS there has undoubtedly come a time when you couldn't find the the weldment profile you need for a given job. As a result, you are required to enter each and every part parameter in individually in order to move forward. Inevitably eating up time, and money.

In this Alignex video blog, we sit down and show you how to create your own custom weldment profiles for any job, speeding up any custom projects you may be doing in the future. 

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How to Create Drawing Templates and Sheet Formats

Geoffrey King on August 31, 2017 at 11:30 AM

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When it comes to creating projects in SOLIDWORKS, the main goal is to spend as much time as possible on what is important, the design itself. Nobody wants to be stuck wasting unnecessary amounts of time on tasks like recreating file templates over and over. Come on, we are trying to increase productivity here! 

In this video, I'll walk you through the process of creating a drawing template that can be used on multiple projects.

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Alignex Guide to SNL Options File

The Alignex Team on August 9, 2017 at 8:15 AM

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The Options File can be used to return a license back to the pool when the SolidNetwork License manager (SNL) sees inactivity on a client machine. This is especially helpful when administering PDM, giving a company a tremendous amount of flexibility on how licensing is handled.

This guide will show you the steps to create your own Options File using the SolidNetwork License Manager.

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Alignex Guide to Using FileZilla

Jesse Ortman on July 27, 2017 at 1:15 PM

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When files are too large to transfer over regular Windows Explorer FTP or if a more intuitive interface is desired, many clients choose to use FileZilla. Below is a step-by-step guide on how to install and use FileZilla.

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How to Deactivate a SOLIDWORKS License

Mike Dady on July 19, 2017 at 12:55 PM

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Over time computer hardware gets old, and as a result it needs to be replaced. Although new gear can be exciting, it comes with the hassle of transferring your software. When we change the hardware running SOLIDWORKS, be it a client with a stand-alone license or a server running the SolidNetWork License Manager, it will require us to deactivate the serial number used for the installation.

In this blog post, I'll give you step-by-step directions on how to deactivate your SOLIDWORKS license. 

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How to Upgrade to a Newer Version of SOLIDWORKS

Travis Quick on July 17, 2017 at 9:10 AM

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With the latest buzz about new versions of SOLIDWORKS, it’s easy to get confused about some of the basics when it comes to upgrading to a newer version. For instance, technically UPGRADING SOLIDWORKS refers to moving major versions like 2017 to 2018, while UPDATING refers to service pack changes. We will use this convention throughout this article.

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