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With SOLIDWORKS 2016 there have been a number of new enhancements and within the Task Scheduler you will see a few print enhancements. Now when you schedule a batch print job within Task Scheduler, you get many of the same... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2016 at CATI Tech Notes
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Recently I was able to attend two local user group meetings in the Kansas City area. The Kansas City SOLIDWORKS User Group had their quarterly meeting in late November and was well attended by over 25 attendees. This group has... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2015 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 Nov 18, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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The Intersect and Trim tools provide a new set of preview options in SOLIDWORKS 2016. These visual preview choices make it even easier to navigate and remove regions in your part models. This new preview option is found in the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard is a document management product that is based on the same SQL architecture as SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM. One of the great functions of this new product offering is that you can easily upgrade to the full version... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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Using SOLIDWORKS Custom Properties can be a great time saver and can help you share engineering data with other members of your company. In this example, I will show you how to link model dimensions from a part file to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2015 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 Jul 23, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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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