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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 7 days ago 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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