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This month we are going to take a deep dive into the SolidWorks Task Scheduler. This utility will allow you to set up tasks to run at a future time. Task scheduler will create a windows task that can occur... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
This month we are going to take a deep dive into SolidWorks Weldments. We are going to discuss the profiles, feature manager options, modification tools such as Trim/Extend, and drawings including views, Cut Lists, and Custom Properties. Let's start by... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
Welcome back to our second deep dive blog series. If you missed the first series, be sure to go back and check out "How to configure SolidWorks Toolbox and Hole Wizard". Today we are going to take a closer look... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
As techs we like to stay up on the latest and greatest things. Like all technology, as soon as then next big thing gets to the market it is already being replaced by something bigger and better. 3D printing has... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
Get ready, SolidWorks 2014 SP 0 should be available on Monday for download. CATI is in the middle of the rollout presentations, and it may not be too late for you to attend. One of the enhancements that I think... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
Have you taken time to discover the hidden gem call “search commands”? This has been a very helpful tool for anyone just learning SolidWorks, or for the veteran that just wants to know where they moved my tool. The “Search... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
In line with our customer’s large scale adoption of the faster and more reliable 64 bit environment, SolidWorks 2014 will be the last release to support 32 bit Operating Systems. SolidWorks 2015 will not install on a 32 bit Operating... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
Recently I have had customers asking for a way to add a center of mass point to their drawing so they can dimension to this point. This is now possible in SolidWorks 2013 using the Center of Mass function. To... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
Solidworks 2013 SP3.0 is now available. Log into the Solidworks customer portal to begin your download. Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
Several people have noticed that they are not getting the correct values or are not able to measure distances in a part as they could in the past with the measure tool. This issue has been resolved by toggling a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
Are you new to DraftSight? Do you like having instruction manuals to guide you thru programs? Then we have something for you! Get your FREE guide to DraftSight!!!! Click on the following link and you will be asked to fill... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
PhotoView 360 uses simple drag and drop methods to create very realistic renderings with very little work. There are many settings that can be tweaked to create just the right image. A new setting that I found in 2013 is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
Well if all things go right, Solidworks is telling us that 3DVia composer 2013X will be released on December 10, and it looks like there will be some great enhancements for us. Here are just a couple of the enhancements... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2012 at CATI Tech Notes
Recently we had a couple of customer run into a major roadblock when trying to upgrade their network license of Driveworks 7 ot Driveworks 9. Like all our our other Solidworks products, we expected this to be a nice easy... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2012 at CATI Tech Notes
3D CAD continues to grow in capability year after year. Now so do the 3D printers. 3D printers have taken an attitude that if you can draw it, we can build it. As long as you can create a room... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2012 at CATI Tech Notes
Did you know that presetting custom properties in your templates is even easier in 2012. You can now create blank custom properties. Therefore we can add the custom properties that we want in each part and save that into the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2012 at CATI Tech Notes
2012 has added many shortcuts that allow us to get our jobs done faster and more efficiently. Here is a new function that you may find useful if you create a lot of revolved features. 2012 now gives us the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2012 at CATI Tech Notes
Come and get it! Composer 2013 is now available for download. Looking thru the Dassoult Websites, I was able to find the fact sheet and an listing of the key enhancements for 2013. 3DVIA Composer is the leading solution for... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2012 at CATI Tech Notes
Many of you that follow this blog are regular users of CATI support services. It is very common that during a support call our techs will as you to send us a copy of your files. For your securtity we... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2012 at CATI Tech Notes
SolidWorks has added a new function inside of your File menu. If you hold your cursor over one of you recently opened documents you will see a thumb tack on the right side. This allows you to keep your own... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2012 at CATI Tech Notes
Many users who have attempted to download SolidWorks 2012 SP3 have run into an error message: "Could not connect to the SolidWorks server to determine which products you are entitled to." This is a know issue and is not a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2012 at CATI Tech Notes
SolidWorks 2012 SP3.0 EV (Early Visibility) is available for download This service pack is now available to Subscription Service customers. To download, log into the SolidWorks Customer Portal at and click Download Software and Updates to access the update. Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2012 at CATI Tech Notes
Have you noticed that there are 2 versions of edrawings installed for every 64 bit installation of Solidworks? Why do both versions of edrawings get installed? Do I really need both versions? The real issue here is that Solidworks explorer... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2012 at CATI Tech Notes
While working on a recent support call, I have learned of a new setting in the default settings that will allow a user to set the default display mode to View rather that Camera mode when opening the 3DVIA Composer... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2012 at CATI Tech Notes
Update as soon as possible to avoid this issue. Important fix included in SolidWorks 2012 SP2 for missing entities in part and assembly FeatureManager after converting data to SolidWorks 2012 format DS SolidWorks Corporation has detected a workflow that may... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2012 at CATI Tech Notes