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We have been seeing more customers transitioning the latest version of Windows. Naturally that means we are also seeing more customers with problems that we didn't have before. Repeating is one of them… Look familiar? Look familiar? Look familiar? Look... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2016 at CATI Tech Notes
Hello everybody! This blog is to introduce a new section of our blogs. We would like to do a customer highlight each month. Just to spend a few minutes discussing some of our talented users and interesting products. If you... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2016 at CATI Tech Notes
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If you are headed to the conference this week please stop in and see me!! I will be giving a toolbox session again for the third year!! If you aren't going please stay tuned as the presentations will be available... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2016 at CATI Tech Notes
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SOLIDWORKS Electrical can be broken down into two parts - SQL Meta Data and Electronic Program Data SQL Meta Data has All data about everything… (All of the CAD document data is contained here.) Electronic Program Data Program Files –... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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Sustainability has a similar UI as Costing - it is based in the Task Pane. In this case, I am working on a rubber feather strip and I want to determine the material for use in this part. Currently, it... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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SOLIDWORKS 2016 Toolbox has added the long awaited ability to change multiple toolbox items at the same time!!! Let's see how they did! Edit multiple component configurations: Overview When selecting the components there are two key things to remember. One... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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SOLIDWORKS 2016 Routing has had a couple updates, some are new items and others are modifications to previous additions. Command Manager and Menu Updates for Rectangular Ducting. Item: User Defined. Where is it? You can access functionality from the User... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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Continuing our look at costing, this time we are dealing with a machined part. Similar to the other aspects of costing we will be using the side bar on the task pane and the property manager on the right. The... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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Not this ram!! This RAM!! Ever wonder why you don't have that many things open but you still get an out of resources warning? Maybe you are savvy enough to check your Task Manager and look at the processes. Sorting... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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In this section, we will be talking about the Structural Steel and Beam Calculator together. Both programs work with each other so let's see how they play. Let's start by opening a new part and going to Tools, Toolbox, and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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SOLIDWORKS MBD templates allow you to edit the background, add text blocks, and images. To customize the template they have included a handy button right on the main toolbar. Inside the template editor you will find more tools to customize... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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Please come out and join me in Phoenix Arizona!! I will be presenting Configuring SOLIDWORKS Toolbox. Session info: 60 minute breakout session Session #9327 - Configuring SOLIDWORKS Toolbox Date: Monday February 9th Time: 2:45PM Room #North 124 A-B John Van... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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CAD Models The CAD Models link provides users with a catalog of parts powered by 3D Content Central. Clicking on a model will bring you to the 3D Content Central page and allow you to download the files. (And yes... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
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SOLIDWORKS Electrical can be broken down into two parts SQL Meta Data and Electronic Program Data SQL Meta Data has All data about everything… (All the CAD document data is contained here.) Electronic Program Data Program Files – The application,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
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The long awaited HVAC support is now included in SOLIDWORKS 2015 Routing. There is support for square, rectangular and round ducting. This enhancement allows you to create routing assemblies for: • HVAC rigid air conditioning ducts and other user defined... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
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Some of you have probably been waiting for this one for a long time… Well it's finally here!! SOLIDWORKS 2015 now has a chain pattern feature. With this feature you are able to choose from 3 different type patterns and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
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In this blog we will go through the Mass Properties tool. Where to find it? The evaluate menu contains the Mass Properties tool as does the Tools pull down menu. To work properly you will need to make sure the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
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Interference Detection identifies interferences between components, and helps you to examine and evaluate those interferences. Interference Detection is useful in complex assemblies, where it can be difficult to visually determine whether components interfere with each other. With Interference Detection, you... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
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Xpress tools are lightweight versions of the larger tool. This part of the series will breakdown DFMXpress, to explain what it is capable of and what the limitations are. DFMXpress DFMXpress validates design for manufacturability for parts. Features: DFMXpress allows... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
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Checking Against an Existing File The Check Against Existing File tool validates the active document against checks created from existing files. Supported file formats are: DWG files (*.dwg) Part (*.sldprt, *.prt) Assembly (*.asm, *.sldasm) Drawing (*.drw, *.slddrw) Template (*.prtdot, *.asmdot,... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
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Welcome to part 2 of or blog series covering the SolidWorks task scheduler. In this section, we will cover the tasks of Print Files, Import Files, Export Files, and Update Custom Properties. Print Files: Click Print Files on the sidebar,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
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Welcome to the second part of the SolidWorks Weldments blog series! In this section we will look at creating: Sketches for Weldments Weldment Structural Members Options for End Conditions Where to start? Either closed or open 2D Sketches can be... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
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Welcome to Part 2 of the Using the SolidWorks CAD Admin Dashboard to track, review and troubleshoot machines blog series. In this part we will discuss: Filtering Machine results and grouping Options reported by the dashboard Setting a baseline computer... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
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Here is a tidbit that you won't find in any training manual on how to combine ribbon cables. First let's get Routing going it's part of the SolidWorks Premium Package. Where to find it: Tools, Add-ins For this example I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
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OK OK OK WAIT!!! Like always let's not all rush out and grab the first copy hot off the press, there are things to keep in mind. 1. Is your OS supported? Win7 32bit, Win7 64 bit, and Win8 64bit... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes