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Alignex Guide to SNL Options File

The Alignex Team on November 12, 2020 at 11:30 AM

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This guide will take you step by step through the process of updating your SolidNetWork License Manager (SNL) on your server or host computer. The SNL is required to be upgraded to match the most recent version of the SolidWorks Client Installations. In this guide we will download the necessary files, deactivate/uninstall the old SNL, then reinstall/reactivate the new SNL.

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Introduction to SOLIDWORKS 3D Sculptor

Kris Lind on October 1, 2020 at 11:30 AM

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Sometimes finding the right tool for the job makes all the difference. For those that have attempted making complex organic shapes in SOLIDWORKS, you know the process, although doable, can be a bit cumbersome. With big feature trees and many reference items the process can be quite the undertaking. Luckily Dassault Systems, has answered the call, and given us the right tool for the job. Lets take a look at how the 3D Sculptor Role in the 3D Experience platform can make quick work of theses tasks.

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Introduction to 3D Interconnect Part 2: Breaking the Links

Kris Lind on September 17, 2020 at 11:30 AM

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By now, hopefully, we are all familiar with the functionally of 3D Interconnect. With the ability to import third party CAD files natively into SOLIDWORKS, 3D Interconnect is a must for multi CAD program environments. But what about our (STEP & IGES) files that don’t have a need to be linked to the original?

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Streamline your Drawings With Custom Templates

Mike Dady on September 3, 2020 at 11:30 AM

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Hi, I’m Mike Dady, Application Engineer for Alignex. One frequently asked question we get at Alignex is how to customize SOLIDWORKS Drawing Templates and Sheet Formats. Customers want to be able to convey the needed information for manufacturing, yet not spend a tedious amount of time creating Drawings. Let’s take a closer look at that customization process and see how it can save you time and money.

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Flexing Your Skills with Flexible Parts

Jackie Yip on August 27, 2020 at 11:30 AM

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Hello, this is Jackie Yip with Alignex. With the SOLIDWORKS 2020 release, making a part flexible is one of the amazing new features that allows your parts to modify in real-time with the motion of an assembly. And with it – the same part can be reused in other assemblies without the need of separate configurations. If you’re looking to optimize the flexibility of your parts with less rework required in the model, then this will be a great tool for you.

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What's All Included in My SOLIDWORKS Subscription?

Brad Hakeman on August 13, 2020 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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How to Bring Complex Designs to Life in SOLIDWORKS CAM

Mike Dady on August 6, 2020 at 11:30 AM

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Hi. I’m Mike Dady, Application Engineer for Alignex. A few months ago, I was having dinner at a friends’ house when I was given a wine glass that piqued my SOLIDWORKS interest. The glass had a set of spiral grooves machined on it’s exterior. My engineering brain immediately began wondering how I would go about recreating this exact design within SOLIDWORKS & SOLIDWORKS CAM. Let’s take a look at how it works.

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Introduction to SOLIDWORKS 3D Interconnect

Kris Lind on July 30, 2020 at 11:30 AM

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Introduced in SOLIDWORKS 2017, 3D Interconnect is a great tool for working with non-SOLIDWORKS third-party CAD files* directly within the SOLIDWORKS program. Using 3D Interconnect, we are able to import proprietary CAD files directly into SOLIDWORKS without converting them to SOLIDWORKS files, while also maintaining a fully associative link to the original file.

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 User Interface Improvements

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

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With the release of SOLIDWORKS 2020, it has brought some radical and exciting improvements to the user interface and as we learn in this blog, a few of these changes were brought in as a surprise. Let’s take a closer look at how these improvements to help you navigate through the interface to assist you in accomplishing your everyday tasks.

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How to Use Rules Based Machining in SOLIDWORKS CAM

Mike Dady on July 9, 2020 at 11:30 AM

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Hi, I’m Mike Dady, Application Engineer for Alignex. When searching for a CAM solution, all the choices available can generate the G-Code needed to manufacture a product. Since the final output is the same for all solutions, companies need to make decisions based on other factors. The Time Savings a CAM tool provides is a major choice. Today we are going to show how the Rules Based Machining Technology in SOLIDWORKS CAM saves time manufacturing your SOLIDWORKS Models.

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