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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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Why Can't I Delete a Configuration in SOLIDWORKS?

Sam Oanes on June 25, 2020 at 11:30 AM

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Are you trying to delete a configuration of a part or assembly in SOLIDWORKS but can’t? Are you getting the message “None of the selected entities could be deleted”? We’ll take a look at why that may be happening. In this scenario, we’ll go through an example file and attempt to delete unwanted configurations.

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How to Move the Origin Within Your Part Model

Kris Lind on June 18, 2020 at 11:30 AM

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Hello, this is Kris Lind with Alignex. Have you ever wanted to move the origin within your part model, only to find out it is not possible? In this video, I will be going over two alternatives to doing just that.

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How to Setup Your SQL Port Settings

Blake Hartje on June 11, 2020 at 11:30 AM

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This article will discuss which SQL ports need to be open in order for our SOLIDWORKS products to talk to their defined database.

By default SQL communicates over ports 1433/1434.

There are several scenarios that can have an effect on the port traffic. We'll cover each one individually and how to set up the ports accordingly.

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Getting Started with the SOLIDWORKS Admin Portal

Sam Oanes on June 4, 2020 at 11:30 AM

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The SOLIDWORKS Admin Portal is an online tool, where administrators of SOLIDWORKS licenses can manage their organization’s assets. The Admin Portal allows the administrator to monitor and assign products and services to account members. Users can also be removed from their assigned license, even if the user is in a remote location. Primarily, the Admin Portal is used to manage and control standalone SOLIDWORKS licenses, and set them up for Online Licensing.

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How to Create Your SOLIDWORKS ID: Part 2

Jackie Yip on May 28, 2020 at 11:30 AM

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In the previous blog, the journey began with creating a new SOLIDWORKS ID.

One of the great things a SOLIDWORKS ID offers, is the ability to access a variety of different content that fits your specific needs.  Whether it’s asking questions, learning new tools, or joining a new community, your SOLIDWORKS ID is the foundation to getting started.  We’ll highlight the key areas to visit with the newly created SOLIDWORKS ID and how it’ll continue to provide users with the best resources available.

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How to Create Your SOLIDWORKS ID: Part 1

Jackie Yip on May 21, 2020 at 11:30 AM

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A SOLIDWORKS ID serves more than just a reminder that you’re a SOLIDWORKS user.  In fact, you can use your ID to access valuable SOLIDWORKS resources ranging from downloading the software, accessing training videos, visiting the forums, and logging into the new 3DExperience.  All of these resources will use the same ID and we will go through how to setup your SOLIDWORKS ID.

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