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A little know option when creating BOM lists in SolidWorks Composer is that you can add SolidWorks Custom Properties from the import as well as customize their column name in the BOM. For example if you have created a standard... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
You may have known that the Select Other command in SolidWorks is very useful when trying to select hidden faces or edges of a model while using a command such as adding a Mate or applying a Fillet. But did... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
Have you ever had the need to open a native CATIA Part or Product file in SolidWorks? If the answer is yes, then you need to check out the CATIA V5 SolidWorks Translator. This is a separate product that you... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
Have you ever taken the time to look at all of the many background scenes available in SolidWorks? Occasionally I run across someone asking how to set this Default background scene for opening files that were not created by that... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
Have you ever wanted to create a view label in SolidWorks for a standard view or projected view? As you know when you make a Detail or Section view, the view label automatically creates itself. But for those standard Top,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
Last week, I attended the Wichita Industrial Trade Show which is held every two years in Wichita, Kansas. This show offers several hundred booths offering machine services to consulting to cleaning products found in most manufacturing shops today. We ran... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
While working onsite this week, I stumbled onto a great new ability in SolidWorks. How many times have you gone to the Help pull down menu and clicked on the About SolidWorks command? Pretty common in my organization as we... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
While talking to some coworkers the other day the topic of SolidWorks View Selector came up in our discussion. I hadn’t used this command much since it was introduced in 2013 SP0 so I decided to investigate this further. In... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
While running through a training class this week, the topic of to use or not to use SolidWorks Instant3D came up during a discussion. I thought this would be a good time to discuss some of the more practical uses... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
Kansas City SolidWorks User Group On June 27th, I attended and presented at the KCSWUG meeting hosted by MRI Global. My topic was presenting some of our findings with regards to making SolidWorks perform with hardware sized for your SolidWorks... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
Let's take a look at how and why companies are quantifying consumable products in BOM's within SolidWorks. First off, let's assume that in order to get an account of such products in assemblies, customers are creating actual part models of... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
Have you ever tried to save time by copying an existing sketched based cut extrude only to find out that when you pasted this new copy that the orientation was flipped around 180 degrees from the original? If so, I... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
New for 2013 was an option for Linear and Circular Pattern features that allow you to vary instances of your pattern with settings such as dimension variances and spacing variances. But did you know that for many years now we... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
New for SolidWorks 2013 is the capability to store library features as multi-body files. This works great for adding plates and mounting feet to weldment part files. The process for making one of these library features couldn’t be easier. I’m... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
Assembly Exploded Views have been a part of SolidWorks for many releases now. One new trick that I recently stumbled upon is that from time to time you may need to add a jog in your Exploded Line Sketches to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
I am not sure how many of you knew Wayne Tiffany, but I found out some pretty neat information that I wanted to share with the community as a whole. Wayne was a long time user/advocate of SolidWorks software and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2012 at CATI Tech Notes
Here is a scenario where using the SolidWorks Activation Wizard utility comes in really handy. Let's say you have SolidWorks loaded and activated on a PC. For some reason you decide to remove SolidWorks from this machine, but don't choose... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2012 at CATI Tech Notes
I recently had a technical support call from a customer who was trying to copy an existing project of assembly files and part files to make another project that was similar but different. They had renamed the files with new... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2012 at CATI Tech Notes
Treehouse 2 from SolidWorks Labs A great resource for testing new and upcoming software options can be found at SolidWorks Labs' web site. This site can be accessed from and contains several products that may be useful to your... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2012 at CATI Tech Notes
A couple of weeks ago, myself and a couple other members of our tech team made a visit to Waltham, Massachusetts and attended a special invite only training course on SolidWorks’ newest product offering, SolidWorks Electrical. SolidWorks Electrical is a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2012 at CATI Tech Notes
Select Connected Faces in SolidWorks As SolidWorks development continues to add commands and functionality to each major release of SolidWorks, from time to time they also add in nuggets of goodness to service packs. That's right sports fans, not all... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2012 at CATI Tech Notes
SolidWorks Sketch Slot Symmetric Relation There are often times when designing a part that a typical placement for a sketch entity doesn't always conform to the standard horizontal or vertical placements. Sometimes you need to get creative in how you... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2012 at CATI Tech Notes
Removing Pattern Instances In SolidWorks, you can create a pattern of features using commands like Linear Pattern and Circular Pattern to name a few. With both of these types of patterns, you can also choose to "Skip" instances of these... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2012 at CATI Tech Notes
Instant3D for SolidWorks Assembly Instant3D was first introduced to SolidWorks users in 2008. This allowed you to dynamically change dimensions from sketch based dimensions to feature based dimensions by simply selecting a face of a certain feature in the model.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2012 at CATI Tech Notes
I had a conversation yesterday from a customer looking for a single line font that they could use in SolidWorks while creating text on their model. This is a common request especially when needing to generate models or drawings for... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2012 at CATI Tech Notes