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Most SOLIDWORKS users are familiar with SOLIDWORKS User Groups, and if you are not, it's time you become familiar! The user groups have a vast amount of resources that can help you become more productive, along with networking with other... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2016 at CATI Tech Notes
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Xdesign is the "guts" of the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform. This is a full design product that runs in any browser anywhere! Enabling users to design anytime, anywhere, and from any device. Did you ever think there would come a day where... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2016 at CATI Tech Notes
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This issue has come up a few time recently. I have been asked if there is a way to uninstall SOLIDWORKS products using a batch file. This can be used in many cases. Admins can push this out to clients... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2016 at CATI Tech Notes
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With any network seat, the first step to complete is installing the SolidNetwork License Manager. This should be installed on a computer (server) that all clients can reach over the network. It is recommended that this computer have a static... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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As with providing the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of parts, Sustainability can also provide an LCA of a complete assembly. (Not included in SustainabilityXpress) One of the great things with Sustainability using assemblies is that you can use other assembly... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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SOLIDWORKS has provided a few new options to make mating easier. The first new option is that there is now an option available in the Mating PropertyManager to "Make first selection transparent" as you can see here in the lower... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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In this section, we will look at the enhancements in the SOLIDWORKS utilities. SOLIDWORKS has added some additional options to the compare tool that make it easier identify the volumes that have been added and removed in a model. Before,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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In this section we will be discussing the Multi-Body section for costing. Multi-Body parts work using the same process as a single body. With a multi-body part, you have an option for a Multi-body template. When applying Costing to multi-body... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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As with most SOLIDWORKS modules, you of course setup your system settings for starting any project. Costing is no different, you can define or override system-level costing options using the Costing Options dialog box. You can select sheet metal Costing... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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There are a number of ways to deploy SOLIDWORKS Admin Images. In this blog, I would like to discuss the deployment "push" option from the options editor. We run into a lot of situations where the image is pushed out,... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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Grooves In this issue we will be exploring the SOLIDWORKS Toolbox Grooves capabilities. How do you create these features now? – If you are unaware that Toolbox has this capability, you probably do it the manual way that most of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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In Part 3, we will be discussing the options for creating 3D views. Creating 3D views have a number of advantages, from modeling productivity, to final output. Let's start by getting familiar with the 3D view menu. You can access... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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I have received a number of calls in regards to licensing questions related to Network (SNL). A majority of the time, people think that they have more licenses then they really do. This is actually what it looks like from... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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In part 3 of My Solidworks Community, we will be discussing the Drive and Support areas. The Drive area lets you access your existing cloud storage accounts from within MySolidworks. These consist of sharing via Dropbox or Google Drive. Once... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
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With any network seat, the first step to complete is installing the SolidNetwork License Manager. This should be installed on a computer (server) that all clients can reach over the network. It is recommended that this computer have a static... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
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With SOLIDWORKS 2015, you have more control over the decimal rounding options in dimensions. Rounding Options The following options are available in Tools > Options > Document Properties > Units: Round half away from zero Rounding method where 5 rounds... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
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Selection of Hard-to-pick Entities New SOLIDWORKS 2015 selection paradigms make it easier to select small entities without having to zoom or use selection filters. When you make repeated small mouse movements as you try to select an edge or face,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
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In this section of the model property tools, we will discuss the Section Properties command. Using this tool, you can evaluate section properties for faces, multiple faces and sketches that lie in parallel planes. Section Properties is locates under the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
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Welcome to part 3 of Assembly validation tools. In this section we will be discussing the Clearance Verification tool. With Clearance Verification, you can check the clearance between selected components in assemblies. The software checks the minimum distance between the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
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SOLIDWORKS Free Xpress Utilities-Part 3 SimulationXpress provides entry level FEA, giving you the ability to do basic stress analysis on individual parts. You can quickly determine effects of force and pressure, and generate reports to document results. When you are... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
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Welcome to part 3 of our Design Checker series blog. In this section we will be discussing the Build Checks area. Starting the Build Checks, you will have 2 options, either create a new standard file, or open an existing... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
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SolidWorks Task Scheduler – Part 3 Welcome to part 3 of or blog series covering the SolidWorks task scheduler. In this section, we will cover the tasks of Convert to High Quality Views, Run Custom Task, Create eDrawings, Update Simulation... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
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SolidWorks Weldments from Profiles to Cut Lists - Part3 Welcome to part 3 of our SolidWorks Weldment series. In this part, we will be concentrating on the modification tools including the Trim/Extend feature, Gussets & End Caps. Let's start with... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
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Using the SolidWorks CAD Admin Dashboard to track, review and troubleshoot machines– Part 3 Welcome to Part 3 of the Using the SolidWorks CAD Admin Dashboard to track, review and troubleshoot machines blog series. A comment we hear often from... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
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November 7th marked the start of the push of IE11 to those Windows 7 users with auto-update turned on. Those with the preview builds will get the final bits first. Others will get them over a matter of weeks. Thanks... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes