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Every engineer loves to hear about ways to be more productive, save time, and avoid rework costs. Well, SOLIDWORKS has a great tool to help you do all of these by ensuring that your designs will assemble correctly. You can... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
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In the fourth part of this blog series about the free SolidWorks Xpress utilities SolidWorks under the Tools pull down menu, we will take a look at SOLIDWORKS FloXpress. SOLIDWORKS FloXpress comes with every SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software package. Let’s... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
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In part 4 of this series on the SolidWorks Design checker, we will take a look at a way to have SolidWorks learn standard checks from an existing document. It is quite simple actually. SolidWorks Design Checker has a tool... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
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Welcome to part 4 of our blog series covering the SolidWorks Task Scheduler. In this blog article, we will cover the last four sections: Render and Animation, Convert Workgroup PDM Files, Print Workgroup PDM Files, and Export Workgroup PDM Files... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
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In this last part of our SolidWorks Weldment blog series, we will be focusing on Weldment Drawings, Creating a Cut List, and the Properties of the Cut List Items in the part files. SolidWorks Weldment Drawings Creating a Weldment drawing... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
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Welcome to Part 4 of the Using the SolidWorks CAD Admin Dashboard to track, review and troubleshoot machines blog series. An exciting feature of the SolidWorks CAD Admin Dashboard is the ability to benchmark the performance of your company’s computers.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
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Welcome to Part 4 of the SolidWorks Toolbox configuration blog series. In this blog we will talk about Step 5: Configure Smart Fasteners. Smart Fasteners automatically add fasteners, like bolts and screws, to holes in an assembly that are sized... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
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This was an interesting SolidWorks support question we had recently. The title of the part did not fit in the linked title block. If you Edit Text in Window, you can see the linked text is $PRPSHEET:"Description". There is no... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
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For customers with a network installation of SolidWorks, one of the first steps is to upgrade the SolidNetWork License Manager on the server. Here are the steps to download the SolidNetWork License Manager 2014 installation file. Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
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A complaint that we have received over the years is that SolidWorks users need a font that is a single line versus the outline of the text. I just had another support call this week with the same question again.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
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When I start SolidWorks, I get the error message: Could not obtain a license for SolidWorks Standard. License server doesn’t support this request. (-85,147,0) The SNL Server needs updating, please contact your network administrator. For more information browse to: http://files.solidworks.com/services/SNL_Manager_Upgrade.htm... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
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There are many ways to build a SolidWorks part document. The strongest foundation in creating a good SolidWorks solid model is a sketch. SolidWorks World is always a great place to pick up some useful techniques that many users take... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
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Many SolidWorks users, especially woodworkers, have asked for this enhancement for awhile: Have the ability to define a hole as a dowel pin hole in the part and have it automatically insert a dowel pin symbol in the drawing. Starting... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
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Some issues that come into support are not very easily resolved. To help isolate where to start looking for a solution, there is a program called SolidWorks RX. According to the Home tab of SolidWorks RX, this program can be... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
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Customers constantly have to send SolidWorks files and other large files back and forth to each other. Many use email to do this. SolidWorks itself has the File – Send to menu to help in this process. A list of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
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We have had several calls with this issue: SolidWorks crashed with a SolidWorks file open. Now, when you try and open the SolidWorks file after you restart SolidWorks, an error comes up saying SolidWorks cannot open the file. The file... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
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We had this question submitted to us via CATI Chat Support: I have a round ball sitting above a hole with a mate lining up the axis so it is in position. How do I set the ball into the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
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This past week I purchased a new Smart Phone. During the sales process, the sales person pulled out this huge calculator to run some numbers. I couldn’t believe it. Here I am buying the latest and greatest “phablet” that can... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2012 at CATI Tech Notes
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Do you find yourself constantly changing views until you finally find the correct view that you wanted? Well, the Orientation dialog box received a nice new face lift for SolidWorks 2013 that you will find very useful. Simply press the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2012 at CATI Tech Notes
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Throughout the years, almost all of our customers have asked at one time or another, "Can I open files from the newest version of SolidWorks into a previous version?" The answer has always been, "No. The latest version of SolidWorks... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2012 at CATI Tech Notes
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We still get asked questions from time to time about the SolidWorks Customer Portal. A common question that SolidWorks users have is about the locked padlock icons. The SolidWorks user enters their user name and password and they are able... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2012 at CATI Tech Notes
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The following comment was posted to our article Maximizing SolidWorks Performance (MSWP-12-#2) OS Visual and User Settings. “Personally I must let AERO running, because of graphical problems inside of SolidWorks otherwise!” (Posted by: Florent) This comment is correct. According to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2012 at CATI Tech Notes
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Even though SolidWorks has greatly enhanced the sheet metal tools, we still get the question asked: When creating a flat pattern drawing view, why is the view is not flattened? To understand this better, let's go through the steps of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2012 at CATI Tech Notes
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Have you ever noticed the small downward arrows at the bottom of a right click menu? Is it possible to view the entire context (right mouse button menu) without pressing the downward arrow? Yes! With a document open, pull down... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2012 at CATI Tech Notes
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When trying to modify a dimension by inputting dimension values into the Modify dialog box, the Add Equation dialog box appears. Answer: This may seem too obvious, but make sure that the "Num Lock" key is on. If the "Num... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2012 at CATI Tech Notes