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When you are talking about equations in SOLIDWORKS, you usually think about the obvious stuff. Like, 2 x 2 or something like that. Perhaps you want the width to be half of the height (height dim/2). Did you know that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2016 at CATI Tech Notes
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At some point in your modeling career, you will probably need to add a logo or decal to your product. I will show you how easy it is to add a decal to your part in SOLIDWORKS. With your part... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2016 at CATI Tech Notes
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I want to create a mirrored part in SOLIDWORKS but I want to have the flexibility to make changes to the mirrored part when needed. When you mirror a part in an assembly for instance, you are first given the... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2016 at CATI Tech Notes
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Scaling a part in SOLIDWORKS is an easy thing to do. However, did you know that when you scale a part, you are actually only scaling the part and not the sketch and constraining dimensions. Let's take a look. Notice... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2016 at CATI Tech Notes
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I never really have had the need to turn off the arc centerpoints in SOLIDWORKS. The centerpoints are usually on by default. With the sketch centerpoints on, your circles and arcs will have the marks as seen in the picture... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2016 at CATI Tech Notes
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We recently received a support call where a customer had added a surface finish appearance but it did not appear on his model. SOLIDWORKS has a lot of great options for adding surface finish appearances to give your models a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2016 at CATI Tech Notes
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Have you ever tried to select the edge of your part in a drawing and not be able to select it? We have had a couple of customers call in with this issue. At first I thought maybe that they... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2016 at CATI Tech Notes
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SOLIDWORKS comes with numerous font types that you can use but there are times when you want and need to use other fonts. SolidWorks supports Only True Type font. OpenType fonts resemble TrueType fonts but they can contain either TrueType... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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Central Indiana SOLIDWORKS User Group Make Your Reservation Now November 18th. Meeting. Date: Wednesday, November 18th. Time: Registration & Networking 4:30.p.m. Program: 5:00 p.m. Place: Teppanyaki Grill. 9701 East Washington St, Indidnaplois Our Presenters: Gemma Walsh, Business Development Manager, DriveWorks... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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We received a support call from a customer the other day and they were trying to create an angled slot on a cylinder in SOLIDWORKS. There is a catch, they need to create the slot so that the edges of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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In SOLIDWORKS 2016, you will have the ability to set notes in an annotation view and have them represent watermarks. You have the option to display the note on top of the model or behind it, with the ability to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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There are some really great enhancements to SOLIDWORKS Plastics in 2016! One of which is a new category for Runner Domain. You can assign runner domain to solid components as well as a mesh with solid elements. The Warp and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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Expandable PropertyManager Input Boxes Just like previous versions, the new SOLIDWORKS 2016 PropertyManager contains input boxes with selection lists. What is new and refreshing about these input boxes is that the option to expand the input box is now available.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
MEETING NEXT MONTH Celebrating CISUG 10th Anniversary Central Indiana SOLIDWORKS User Group Make Your Reservation Now September 15th . Meeting. Date: Tuesday, September 15th. Time: Registration & Networking 4:30.p.m. Program: 5:00 p.m. Place: SMC Corporation of America 10100 SMC Blvd.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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Every year, SOLIDWORKS makes several enhancements to its software. In particular, they have made creating complex sheet metal parts even easier. Today we are going to look at creating a slot in a sheet metal cylinder. As you would expect,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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A few years ago, SOLIDWORKS revamped the way you create section views in SOLIDWORKS. Now I think it's easier than ever to create section and detail views. Even though it is easy to create a section view, what do you... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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In SOLIDWORKS, there are times when you are modifying an existing part and that part has external references. External references can be created when you add relations from one part to another. For instance, you have a box or housing... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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Over the years, SOLIDWORKS has really improved the ability to create complex sheet metal parts. With this ability in the past, you would be somewhat limited with the flat pattern that was produced. It may give you a flat pattern... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
Central Indiana SOLIDWORKS User Group Make Your Reservation Now March Meeting Date: WEDNESDAY. March 18th Time: Registration & Networking 4:30.p.m. Program: 5:00 p.m. Place: Global Plastics 6739 Guion Rd. Indianapolis, IN 46268 Agenda General Meeting- Peter 1st Presentation Bob Jones,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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You may run into a situation when you have a part and a drawing but you want the drawing to use a different part. In this scenario, you don't have to create a whole new drawing or do a file... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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Register now for the meeting this month, and sign up for your friends. Don't forget to bring your bright ideas or SW trouble spots to share with others. Date: Thursday, October 23rd Location: IMMI and CAPE Testing Facility 1919 E... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
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In SOLIDWORKS 2015 there are several great new enhancements to gussets. You can now create gussets between disjointed planar surface bodies that are separated by a structural member, body radius or a gap. Here is an example. Another great gusset... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
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SOLIDWORKS 2015 now gives you the ability to use 3D annotations such as DimXpert dimensions. In fact, the entire user interface has been enhanced. When opening a file that has annotations, you now have a command in the lower right... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
Register now for the meeting this month, and sign up for your friends. Don't forget to bring your bright ideas or SW trouble spots to share with others. Date: Wednesday August 20th. Location: SMC Corporation of America. 10100 SMC Blvd.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
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We recently had a customer who installed SOLIDWORKS on a machine that had Windows 8. SOLIDWORKS 2014 will run fine on a machine with Windows 8 but this customer had an unusual situation happen. While in Windows Explorer, when he... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes