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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Did you know that SolidWorks Explorer rename feature has a where used option? Have you stopped using it because it is slow? SolidWorks Explorer search options and locations are controlled through the Windows Search feature. It may have unwanted locations... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
So many of us have had the opportunity to make mirrored sheet metal parts. Over the years the process has changed and we are pretty close to having it all. However we still see a snag here and there with... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
Are you getting these.. Instead of these?? Then you have some settings to pay attention to. Mostly this issue shows up in your SolidWorks file open menu or even in Windows explorer. There are a few things to check, by... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
Renaming files can be tricky and if you don't take the right steps it can damage file references. Here is an easy way to change all part numbers in a assembly to all new numbers. One method is to use... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
Here's a quick tip for adding dimensions to your sketches. When inserting a sketch you have these options by default. If you go to tools, options, sketches, you will find another setting that can expand these options. Checking this box... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
Calculating volume of voids can be done fairly easily. In this example we will find the volume of the material removed during the shell. I know this is pretty basic geometry but the principal is the same. Create a sketch... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
Two neat ways to update your materials. 1. If you have an assembly open you can select multiple components with control or shift, then right click and choose materials, it will let you choose a material and apply it to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2012 at CATI Tech Notes
Let’s take a look at moving around a modeling roadblock. We have all had a feature for whatever reason doesn’t work even though there seems to be no reason why not. Some times SolidWorks models may have issues that seem... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2012 at CATI Tech Notes
After some time has gone by and we have a few more service packs to be proud of, I felt we needed one more look. I created this and shared it with my fellow techs during our technical summit this... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2012 at CATI Tech Notes