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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
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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