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Best Hardware Recommendations for SOLIDWORKS 2018/2019

Mack Rasmussen on June 14, 2018 at 11:30 AM


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.


How to Convert an Image File to DXF

Eric Weber on May 17, 2018 at 11:30 AM


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. 


How Often Should I Upgrade My SOLIDWORKS Workstation?

Mack Rasmussen on April 19, 2018 at 11:30 AM


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.  


Turn Your SOLIDWORKS Hack Into a Key Feature with Enhancement Requests

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


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. 


SOLIDWORKS Performance Battle: AMD Ryzen vs. Intel [VIDEO]

The Alignex Team on January 22, 2018 at 2:00 PM


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.


How to Easily Manage Configurations with Configuration Publisher

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


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. 


Streamline Projects with the Custom Property Tab Builder

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


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. 


Top 5 CAD Admin Dashboard Tools You Should Be Using Today

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


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. 


How to Create Custom Weldment Profiles in SOLIDWORKS

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


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. 


How to Create Drawing Templates and Sheet Formats

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


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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