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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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How to Apply Custom Materials in SOLIDWORKS

Jackie Yip on August 1, 2019 at 11:30 AM

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Within SOLIDWORKS, materials can be easily applied to a model giving it a distinguished appearance, as well as the ability to perform real-world calculations. In fact, there are hundreds of materials to choose from, but sometimes the ones we want aren’t included by default. In this blog, we’ll show you how to apply custom materials inside SOLIDWORKS along with the techniques to help store and organize them for further use.

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How to Automate Your PDFs in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional

Blake Hartje on July 25, 2019 at 11:30 AM

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One of the most common deliverables for companies is a PDF of their SOLIDWORKS drawing.  For many people out there, the creation of a PDF is a manual process involving a tedious amount of steps, even for those that have PDM!  Let’s add some automation to our PDM workflow to automatically create a PDF of our SOLIDWORKS Drawing!  Despite having the Create PDF task already set up within PDM, there are many of us that are left scratching our heads as to why the PDF doesn’t get an updated data card!  As a solution to these problems, we will highlight the steps to create a PDF data card, create a PDF task, add the task to our workflow, and link variables from our SLDDRW data card to our new PDF card.

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