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Neil Bucalo
Computer Aided Technology, LLC
Support Engineer, CSWP, CSWS-MD
Interests: SOLIDWORKS
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Computer Aided Technology (CATI) Technical Support has been getting a bunch of calls lately about the Description field missing from the SOLIDWORKS Save As and Open dialog boxes. It has given us a little trouble, but this blog documents what... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at CATI Tech Notes
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From time to time, we have customers call us and ask why they keep getting the message "SOLIDWORKS licenses will expire in XX days" when they start up SOLIDWORKS. SOLIDWORKS allows you to use the software without activating it only... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2016 at CATI Tech Notes
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The most asked for enhancement is now available in SOLIDWORKS 2015 SP5.0. One of our most read SOLIDWORKS blog articles of all time is entitled How to Open SolidWorks 2013 Files in SolidWorks 2012 SP5. Last year, SOLIDWORKS changed its... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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Now that SOLIDWORKS 2016 has been released, we receive a lot of phone calls to Computer Aided Technology, LLC. (CATI) Technical Support about installation issues. In this blog series, we will try and cover the basics to get you up... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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In this series, we have been covering SOLIDWORKS Sustainability. One of the environmental impact factors is the material used to make your parts. SOLIDWORKS Sustainability comes with numerous materials that you can use. But what if you want to use... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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To create a thread in previous versions of SOLIDWORKS, you had to manually create a profile and a helix, creating a swept cut. This process has now been automated with a new Thread tool in SOLIDWORKS 2016. The new Thread... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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The SOLIDWORKS 2016 FeatureManager Design Tree is your main access point for everything in your SOLIDWORKS part or assembly document. One limitation in a SOLIDWORKS assembly has been the ability to rename components on the fly. The workaround was to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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In this SOLIDWORKS Costing series, we have been breaking down each of the functions in the SOLIDWORKS Costing Tool. SOLIDWORKS has provided a very nice and easy tool to help us calculate how much it will cost to manufacture our... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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This month, we have been delving into SOLIDWORK Costing. You may be intimidated at first by trying to learn something new. However, if it is going to help you to save time and development costs while increasing your productivity, it... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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One issue that comes up very often is that the Default Template locations and other Tools-Options-File Locations are pointing to the old locations where the previous release was installed. Have you ever wondered why this happens during an upgrade? Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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This month, we took a deep dive look at some seldom discussed tools that are also a part of SOLIDWORKS Toolbox. The last of these tools we will look at is Cams. The tools will be visible in the Tools,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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In this last part of our series on SOLIDWORKS MBD (Model Based Definition), we will explore how it can intelligently show and hide 3D annotations while you are rotating the model to give you extra clarity while still respecting all... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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Do you remember this? One of our most read SOLIDWORKS blog articles of all time is entitled How to Open SolidWorks 2013 Files in SolidWorks 2012 SP5. Last year, SOLIDWORKS 2014 files followed the same pattern by being able to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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In the last part of this month's series on MySolidWorks, we will look at Mfg Network and My VAR. Mfg Network The Manufacturing Network will allow you to browse and connect with manufacturers in the SOLIDWORKS community. You will have... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
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Now that SOLIDWORKS 2015 SP0.0 has been officially released, we get a lot of phone calls to Computer Aided Technology, Inc. (CATI) Technical Support about installation issues. In this blog series, we will try and cover the basics to get... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
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One nice thing I have always appreciated about SOLIDWORKS is that they not only add new features with each release, but they do not forget about existing features. A good example of this is the Move Face tool in SOLIDWORKS... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
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SOLIDWORKS has the ability to show an assembly's components spread out. This is very useful to show how the components fit together when assembled. A customer request that has been asked for a few years is, "Is there a way... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
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This month, we are digging into the SOLIDWORKS Model Property tools. SOLIDWORKS has some real nice tools to help you find and fix errors in sketches, features, parts, assemblies, and imported models. The four main tools on the Evaluate CommandManager... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
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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