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So making a 2D drawing in SOLIDWORKS is pretty simple and recently I ran into some pretty cool functionality that makes 2D drawings a little easier. When placing your first view of your part or assembly, most users will use... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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Well of course you can, and better yet I will show you how! If you aren’t using Custom Properties in SOLIDWORKS then all hope is lost and stop reading now. Just kidding, but you should be using them as this... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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Assigning model appearances in SOLIDWORKS is fast and easy, but can be confusing when viewing those appearances when applied at different stages of the assembly process. For example, if you look at my first image, we see that this part... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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SOLIDWORKS 2015 SP2 was just released and I thought this would be a great time to speak about Computer Aided Technology’s FTP download instructions. As many of you will begin rolling out SP2 to your users, we have a simple... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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So here’s a solution for those of you who don’t like to figure tolerance stack-up information with a slide ruler and an abacus. Introducing SOLIDWORKS TolAnalyst. TolAnalyst is an add-in utility which is provided with SOLIDWORKS Premium. This feature allows... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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One of the coolest features of SOLIDWORKS has to be its ability to re-use sketch and feature dimensions in the drawing or detailing environment of the software. But if you are like most who tried this function out many years... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
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Last week I attended the MOKA SOLIDWORKS User Group meeting and saw an interesting presentation on using Variables in a way that I had never considered using them before. The presentation was on tips for preparing to take one of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
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One new enhancement for Drawings in SOLIDWORKS 2015 is the new Feedback for Balloon Asterisks information that is generated from the drawing view. This instant feedback is shown when you hover over an asterisk in a balloon whose leader is... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
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Another new User Interface Enhancement in SOLIDWORKS 2015 is the new Visualization Tool for References that can be seen in both Part and Assembly Model FeatureManager (FM) design trees. This new option lets you dynamically view all parent relationships associated... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
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Have you ever wondered what the Alignment option was used for in the SOLIDWORKS Structural Member feature command? I had an opportunity to go through this a few days back with a customer trying to setup a weldment for some... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
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As the name suggests, Rapid Sketch allows you to create sketches quickly and many at a time. For example, take this part: I start a sketch on this top face, and turn on the Rapid Sketch command found on the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
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SOLIDWORKS Sensors are very near and dear to my heart and have to be the most underutilized feature in all aspects of design and analysis in SOLIDWORKS. As I was teaching a class a few days back, this topic came... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
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Ever needed to model a helical shaped bent/twisted/rolled sheet metal part in SolidWorks? Sounds like fun huh? Actually it is pretty simple with a few little tricks and the Lofted Bends command. Start by creating a helix based on a... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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