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View labels can be very useful in giving specific information about the view like what it is that the view shows. Automatically, SolidWorks generates this information for you when you create a view in a drawing. Take this drawing for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
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Changing the color of the edges can be controlled in the document properties as outlined by the following video. Brian Adika Applications Engineer Computer Aided Technology, Inc Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
Mass Properties in SolidWorks are extremely easy to extrapolate and levering properties like weight in a drawing is equally as easy. All you have to do is just call out the SolidWorks property and this makes sure that it is... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
Networking SolidWorks Plastics 2013 or later version works no different from any other add-in; add the serial number and reactivate the SNL on the server side and on the client side just install the software then turn on the add-in.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
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For the most part, notes and other annotations added to dimensions like the tolerance for instance are per standard. This means that the general format is the same. While creating templates can automate a lot of the repetition in drawings,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
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Making changes is an integral part of the design process. File location and name changes happen all the time. Often times, these changes occur in parts that have references to other models. When such a change is made and this... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
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Layout sketches in an assembly can be a very effective and sometimes even necessary design technique. It all depends on the application and of course the preferences comforts of the user as far as skill and technique are concerned. One... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
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The bonded contact condition in SolidWorks Simulation can be used to accurately handle load transfer in a multitude of cases where bodies stay in contact such as welded or glued bodies among others. The software achieves this through two methods;... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
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Sometimes the scale that makes a view fit on the paper makes it too small to see important details on the view. In this case, using a break is a great idea. SolidWorks allows you to choose where to break... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
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When setting up a motion study in SolidWorks, the interactions between the different components of your part will be dictated by how the mates are set up. This is because the mates will tie up respective degrees of freedom relative... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2012 at CATI Tech Notes
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Setting the document precision in SolidWorks is a global setting for that whole document; meaning every number will be set to that precision including values in a table. You might think the only way to set the precision in a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2012 at CATI Tech Notes
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One of the inherent benefits of using SolidWorks to model is that you never have to calculate mass properties for any part. The software is intelligent enough to calculate these based on your geometry, the material choice and its position... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2012 at CATI Tech Notes
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A lot of times, a static study is exactly what is needed to find responses in designs. Static studies address a wide range of situations but there are times when it is just not appropriate at all and your results... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2012 at CATI Tech Notes
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Have you ever had one of those moments where you remember using a command in a training class or you’ve seen it somewhere before but just can’t quite remember how to use it? Then when you go to the help... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2012 at CATI Tech Notes
Recently I ran into an issue where I was trying to insert an Excell sheet in a drawing but two really annoying things kept happening; 1. The sheet would come in with hundreds of unnecessary rows and 2. I could... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2012 at CATI Tech Notes
Ever tried inserting a design table and after clicking ok nothing happens? If not, carry on, everything is obviously working fine. On the other hand, if you have, your problem might have a simple fix if you are using Microsoft... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2012 at CATI Tech Notes
Composer is an awesome tool and one of its greatest strenghts is its versatility across different platforms. Provided you have a license, you can import most cad packages. The list includes SolidWorks (.sldprt, .sldasm) as well as: - SMG -... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2011 at CATI Tech Notes
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Hey all, 2011 sp5 is out. It is now possible to 'Exclude from cut list' property of a WeldmentCutListFolder (Cut List Item) through the API, change transparency of sub-assembly component/part from top level assembly, the global contact no longer fails... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2011 at CATI Tech Notes
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Having threads in a part vastly increases the part size and hence increases the rebuild time considerably, lagging performance consequently. For this reason, it is much more advisable to use cosmetic threads in the place of actual threading. Cosmetic threads... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2011 at CATI Tech Notes
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