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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: 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
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Some of you may have run into this situation before. Have you ever needed to add cosmetic threads to an assembly drawing? If so, how do you do it? If you have never had to do this before, you may... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
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SolidWorks has given us some great enhancements over the years. One that I am finding really useful lately is the slot mate. This was released as an enhancement in 2014 but it seems to have been forgotten. Lets take a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
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I recently received a support call where a customer wanted to make a change to a part in his assembly. The part he wanted to change was built in-context. This means that the part was attached to the geometry of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
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When I change my SolidWorks configuration, I lose my mates!!! I recently received a couple of tech support calls regarding the same issue. There were several other calls as well regarding configurations losing mates. Both of the customers I talked... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
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In SolidWorks Composer, collaborative actors are markup tools, annotations, measurements, etc. that appear in a viewport. Today, I am going to show you how to create just a few of the many collaborative actors that you can create. The first... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
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Thermal studies in SolidWorks Simulation are actually very easy to create. In Simulation, just go to New Study and select Thermal. At this point you would need to assign a material to your part if you do not have one.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
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To insert a jpeg file as a SolidWorks decal, the jpeg file must be saved as a p2d file. Here are the steps to achieve this. 1. Pull down the PhotoView 360 menu. 2. Pick Edit Decal. 3. In the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
Greeting all SolidWorks User Group Members and to all those who would like to participate in networking, learning, teaching and plain old having fun. Register Now for the November meeting, and sign up for your friends. Don't forget to bring... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
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What do you do when you need to copy a drawing sheet from one drawing file and paste it into another drawing file? It is actually a very simple process and you would expect that from SolidWorks. First, let's take... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
Greeting all SolidWorks User Group Members and to all those who would like to participate in networking, learning, teaching and plain old having fun. Don't forget to bring your bright ideas and SW trouble spots to share with others. Date:... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
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What happens to your cut list when you add holes to your structural members? You can have structural members that are identical but if you add holes to these parts, SolidWorks will pull the component out that has the holes... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
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Premium Add-Ins We recently had a customer who has a SolidWorks Premium license but did not have any of the Premium add-ins. The customer installed and launched SolidWorks. It even launched as SolidWorks Premium but did not have any of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
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I have seen a few issues pop up recently while working on support. We had a customer create a few custom toolbox parts and place them in the assembly. Assembly looked great so they saved and closed the assembly and... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
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Recently on support I received a call from a customer that was having an issue with errors in the SolidWorks title block. When they opened a drawing, the title block had errors in it. Hopefully, you haven’t seen this issue... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
Location: Wabash National, 1000 Sagamore Parkway S. Lafayette, IN 47905 Meeting Agenda: Time: 4:30pm Registration and networking. Meeting starts at 5:00pm General meeting: “You missed SolidWorks World 2013?” – No worries! we’ll tell you what you missed Special guest presentation... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
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Composer Image Library While there are some exciting new things that are getting ready to come out of SolidWorks World which just ended. I wanted to let you know of something in Composer that is new but very cool and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
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Happy New Year everyone! Last week I had a Tech Support call where the customer wanted to know what exactly was attached to his reference plane. I realized that a lot of people need to know how to find that... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
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Section View Assist With the release of SolidWorks 2013, creating section views in drawings has never been easier with the new Section View Assist tool. There is now one button that will allow you to do anything you need to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2012 at CATI Tech Notes
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Have you ever come across an issue where you need to add an additional hole to a sheet metal part? The issue is, if you have a hole wizard hole on a face of a sheet metal part. If you... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2012 at CATI Tech Notes
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With the exciting release of SolidWorks 2013 right around the corner, let’s take a look back at a couple of enhancements in 2012 that may have fallen through the cracks. The first one we will take a look at is... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2012 at CATI Tech Notes
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The SolidWorks Costing tool helps you calculate how much it costs to manufacture sheet metal and machined parts by automating the cost estimation and quotation process. The tool helps designers make design decisions based on the cost to manufacture, and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2012 at CATI Tech Notes
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One issue that has seemed to pop up recently is how do you change the offset distance of planes in different configurations? There is a very simple way to do it. Right click the offset dimension of the plane and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2012 at CATI Tech Notes
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How do you know if a component on your drawing is ballooned or not? Obviously, if you use the Auto Balloon command it will automatically grab all of the components but what if you are just adding the balloons individually?... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2012 at CATI Tech Notes