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Everyone can have their own rendition of what the first article report should include. At times, the report will include properties or parameters that aren’t included in the baseline software. These items can be added separately in the custom fields... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2016 at CATI Tech Notes
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When dealing with drawings that have an excessive amount of ballooned characteristics and there is no logical order in which the balloons have been placed, it can become very difficult to locate the dimension on the drawing. At times, it... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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I know for there are a lot of customers that are looking to keep their old format for their FAI/inspection reports. SOLIDWORKS has now given the ability for users to output those forms in a transposed format. One can now... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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DimXpert has gotten some new upgrades this year! I truly believe it will make the stack up analysis easier and really hit it home for the new model based definition. Let's check out some new changes. Basic dimensions can now... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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SOLIDWORKS has fixed the issue with hole callouts and the quantity in 2015 SP 3.0. What used to happen is the Inspection would separate each line in the callout into separate line items. Then, to compound the issue if you... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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The most common method of retrieving surface area of a part is to use the Mass Properties. This method works great because it’s quick and can be used in a multi-body part and assembly file. SOLIDWORKS does save this information... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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A good mesh can converge the results quickly. On the other hand, a bad mesh can ruin your day. If you are having mesh there are a few things you need to consider. Let’s first look at meshing parts. I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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You must have seen this message show up as you start SOLIDWORKS 2015 SP0: If you have a custom property for the date created in your part, drawing, and/or assembly, you may want to upgrade to SP1.1. The problem will... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
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Several people have recently asked me how to take a set of sketch text and save it out as a DXF in SOLIDWORKS. Here are a couple of methods that are fairly simple. Let's look at the first method: Direct... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
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We must say that SOLIDWORKS 2015 has made it easier to install SOLIDWORKS 2015 Inspection. In the previous versions you had to download the installation files separately and run the installation after the installation of SOLIDWORKS. Overall, this was not... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
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To change the line thickness in a SOLIDWORKS drawing is easy, but the question to ask yourself is do you need this temporarily or permanently. Let's look at the temporary situation first. When you select the line, it doesn’t matter... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
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This change couldn't be quicker! Simply open the "solidnetwork license manager" on the client machine. Then click on the "server list" tab. Once in make sure you remove any servers in that list by selecting the line item and clicking... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
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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 Apr 23, 2014 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