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If your Quality Control department is still using a labor intensive process to create inspection reports, then you have to look at this video to do that work in a fraction of the time! SolidWorks Inspection now integrates completely into... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at CATI Tech Notes
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There are many companies that make several drawing templates that have the file extention *.drwdot. The other option can also be to create a bunch of different title blocks and let the user decide which sheet size he or she... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
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The key here is external references. At times you may not even encounter any external reference symbols in the feature tree, no extra files when looking at Find References. The only time you will notice the issue is when you... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
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There are two ways to make an opposite hand version of a part; a good way and a not so good way. The “not so good” way is to put the part in an assembly and use mirror components to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
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The key to making quick changes in parts, assemblies, or drawings is to first find the item you want to change. Let us take a quick look at a layout sketch situation. Here I have a picture of a simplified... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
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For those of you that need to document the custom materials for certification reasons it may be easy to export your materials information from Solidworks. The data base can be directly opened by Excel. Depending on where you store the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
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The extension line of all the dimensions should technically be a few millimeters off the model edge. It may seem that Solidworks randomly puts the endpoint of the extension line anywhere on the drawing, however there is method to the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
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Whenever you create a new BOM in a drawing, the BOM comes in with the assembly order. It is easy just to rearrange the items in the BOM while keeping the assembly tree the same. However keeping a clean assembly... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
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It is easy to create a welded structure that has multiple weldments stacked on top of each other then welded together, as seen in this picture. The problem comes in when you need to simulate. Since SolidWorks Simulation considers a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
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Upgrading software can be a daunting task. I say daunting because the majority of the time that you put into upgrading is set aside for downloading the upgrade. When time is short and you just need to get SolidWorks up... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
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There will be a time when you need a specific piece of information about a weldment to be called out. Whether it’s custom properties that you create or an existing one like Angle1, it can be linked to a note... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
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SolidWorks has done some updating for 2013 in how part and assembly data is saved. In previous versions everytime a part/assembly is saved, SolidWorks asks if you want to rebuild the document. The best practice for that was to hit... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
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A lot of projects will go through revisions. When revisions occur, it can be a task to change out balloons in drawings. In 2013, SolidWorks added a couple of buttons to make this easier. When you add more components to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
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In SolidWorks, drawing views only show solid bodies by default. If your 3D models have both solid and surface bodies, it will take a few more steps to show the surface bodies. Let's say we start with this simple example... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
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If geometry gets complex, mating can get difficult. The quickest way to mate two parts with complex surfaces is still using reference geometry (planes, axis). Using reference geometry also makes it easier for your processor to calculate, making animations smoother.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2012 at CATI Tech Notes
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When you don't use a file management system, keeping files organized can be a hassle. So, what happens is users put all their part, drawing, and assembly files into the same folder. This will cause issues when creating new revisions.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2012 at CATI Tech Notes
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There are a couple of different methodologies that can be employed. One of the main reasons for creating sub-assemblies is for manufacturing process. For example, it is standard practice to divide the main assembly as you see in the picture... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2012 at CATI Tech Notes
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Fillets can be created at the 3d level using the fillet feature and the 2d level using the sketch fillet command. Sketch fillets do reduce the number of features in the tree and provide the same basic control as any... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2012 at CATI Tech Notes
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Sometimes one would want to represent the mating geometry in a drawing view. You have the option of creating the whole assembly and dropping the cut away or section view into the drawing. That can take a long time depending... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2012 at CATI Tech Notes