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Getting Started with CAM Part 1: Creating a Basic Workflow

John Marks on June 13, 2019 at 11:30 AM


The Getting Started with CAM series of videos is designed to give the basics or a starting point for using SOLIDWORKS CAM or CAMWorks. These videos are not intended to replace formal training of 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.  

This series helps you learn the basic steps used to generate mill toolpaths and NC code. Learning these steps in part mode is a great way to get started. We hope that you already have the knowledge on how to model basic parts with the understanding of the SOLIDWORKS environment.


How to Activate Realview Graphics in SOLIDWORKS

Brad Hakeman on June 6, 2019 at 11:30 AM


If you're like me, you enjoy being able to create and test out your new idea in SOLIDWORKS before ever having to create a prototype.  After all your hard work, you're ready to show off your design in a meeting with the rest of your team.  However, the image on the screen doesn't quite match the image your team has in mind, aesthetically.  It's not quite as realistic as they imagine it will be when the physical parts are made.  Maybe the Marketing team was hoping for something a little shinier, maybe in a different color.  What if there were tools at your disposal that would make your hard work 'pop' without running a separate piece of software? That's where the RealView graphics options directly within SOLIDWORKS comes in.


How to Use the SOLIDWORKS Help Functionality

Eric Weber on May 23, 2019 at 11:30 AM


The SOLIDWORKS Help menu is a great resource for discovering how to use different pieces of SOLIDWORKS. The Help menu can be found inside of SOLIDWORKS by going to Help > SOLIDWORKS Help. This will bring up the online help menu where you can browse topics on the left side pane. Or, the search functionality near the top will help find what you are looking for very quickly. You can also access different versions of the help menu if required.

Chamfering Non-Planer Edges in SOLIDWORKS CAM and CAMWorks

John Marks on May 16, 2019 at 11:30 AM


Have you ever needed to add an edge break to a Boss, Hole or Pocket feature with curvature on the top edge of the surface? I can't tell you how many times I talk to customers struggling to do those very things, unaware that the functionality is only a few clicks away. 

In this video, we will walk through setting up the Chamfering of Non-Planer Edges inside SolidWorks CAM or CAMWorks 2.5 axis milling.


Improving Your Performance with Custom Part and Assembly Templates

James Nelson on May 2, 2019 at 11:30 AM


Anytime I have to repeat the same tasks or steps over and over again, I’m always looking for a way to streamline that process and make it easier moving forward.  One great way to save time in SOLIDWORKS is to create custom part, assembly and drawing templates.  In this post, we will go through the basic steps of creating templates for parts and assemblies so  you can streamline your workflow and save time as well. 


Save Time and Money with the Hole Wizard Customization Tool

Mike Dady on March 28, 2019 at 11:30 AM


There is nothing more frustrating for us at Alignex then hearing our customers are struggling with a project. It's even worse when we find out the problem is easily fixable with a feature already hidden within the SOLIDWORKS interface. This week, Alignex application engineer Mike Dady is here to introduce the Hole Wizard Customization Tool, a little known gem that can help save your team a ton of hassle in the future. 


SOLIDWORKS Support for Windows 10

Mack Rasmussen on March 25, 2019 at 11:30 AM


Microsoft released Windows 10 on July 29, 2015.  Here’s the SOLIDWORKS plan for supporting Windows 10.

Windows 10 SOLIDWORKS Supported Editions
• Windows 10 Pro (64 bit only)
• Windows 10 Enterprise (64 bit only)

Windows 10 SOLIDWORKS Support Schedule (All Products)
• SOLIDWORKS 2015: SP5 (Released November 18, 2015)
• SOLIDWORKS 2016: SP0 (SOLIDWORKS 2016 Beta 2 and SOLIDWORKS PDM Beta 3 will include Beta level support for Windows 10)

Thinking of upgrading your OS? Take a look at this SOLIDWORKS compatibility chart:


How Do I Become SOLIDWORKS Certified?

James Nelson on March 21, 2019 at 11:30 AM


If you’re a student, professional or manager that utilizes SOLIDWORKS, then obtaining certifications is a great way to stand out from the rest of the pack. It can even be the difference rising to the next level in your organization. Long story short, SOLIDWORKS certifications are definitely worth your time. The next question is how do you go about getting certified? 


How to Create an Extrude-Cut on a Curved Surface

Jesse Ortman on March 18, 2019 at 11:30 AM


Sometimes you will find yourself in a situation where you need to create an extrude-cut on a curved surface. People new to SOLIDWORKS get freaked out just at the thought of tackling such a complex endeavor, but really it's not as difficult as it seems.

Today I'm going to walk you through the step-by-step process on how to create an extrude-cut on a curved surface, and offer a few quick tips along the way. 


How Do I Find My SOLIDWORKS Version, Service Pack and Serial Number?

Eric Weber on March 7, 2019 at 11:30 AM


Every year, SOLIDWORKS offers a new major version release of the software. With that comes hundreds of updates and enhancements. Some updates are small and may go unnoticed by some users, but we also see very powerful enhancements such as new sketch, feature, drawing or assembly tools.



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