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SOLIDWORKS Explorer is a powerful tool, it is similar to Windows Explorer but gives you added functionality. In particular, it can give you information about the assembly a part file or sub assembly is used in. In order for this... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
If you need to add fasteners to a rolled sheet metal part in SOLIDWORKS this outlines the correct procedure. You may be familiar with the technique of creating a rolled sheet metal part and then rolling back in the feature... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
A bill of material is a useful list of items that are currently in an assembly. The order the parts are listed in can be modified if need be. By default in SolidWorks the order is based on the same... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
SolidWorks master model techniques are used to create assemblies that rely on overall size and shape of the individual parts to fit together properly. The assembly parts are constructed as individual bodies and then saved out into their own part... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
A derived part in SolidWorks is a part that is based on an existing part. The first feature in the feature tree reflects this. There are two ways to create a derived part. One is using the "insert part" function... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
For some companies it is not necessary to have a complete title block on every page of a drawing. Page one has all the required information and additional pages contain minimal information. It appears at first glance when you create... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
At Computer Aided Technology we have a long list of classes that we teach. When you take these courses there are case study files and exercises that are pre-installed on the training machines. After you have finished the class you... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
Can anyone tell me what the two most used sketch entities in SolidWorks are? If you said lines and arcs you are correct! Now did you know there is an easy way to switch between these entities without changing commands?... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
When working in an environment with multiple engineers it isn't always easy to communicate design changes. You might want to know how a part has changed from one revision to another and there are some tools built in to SolidWorks... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
Creating a slotted hole or slotted counterbore in SolidWorks isn't too difficult a task. You can use the slot sketch tool to quickly create the radius and the length of the slot. To add a counterbore I can create an... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
The Elite AE award is the highest recognition an applications engineer can receive from SolidWorks. It is a series of 7 exams that must be completed in one calendar year. Some tests require to be taken every year to stay... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
Controlling the decimal precision for a custom property can be done independantly of document properties. To do this we need to create an equation. Take this example of mass. The first step is to create a custom property for mass.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
You may have heard the local hockey team has advanced to the finals. As a tribute I decided to print out a keychain using a Stratasys Objet30. I modeled the hockey puck in SolidWorks. The final dimensions used were 1.5inch... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
When creating an exploded view in SolidWorks it is simple to move your parts in the local coordinate system along X, Y, and Z. What if you want to move a part in a different direction? In order to accomplish... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
At my previous employer, we went through a very minor title block change on our SolidWorks drawings. I spent close to a month on the task of opening each file and modifying it. I now know a much faster and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
Any SolidWorks user will tell you that they have found or created errors in a part file. What they may not know is the best way to go about fixing them. There are two errors possible in SolidWorks, an error... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
Every so often I get a support call because a SolidWorks user is experiencing a loss of functionality. This behavior is mostly attributed to being in a mode that doesn't support those functions. For example a feature that was released... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
A brand new feature for SolidWorks 2013 is the option to rotate your model about a scene floor. This will lock the Y axis of your model vertically and keep your part file from flipping over. To access this feature... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
A brand new feature for SolidWorks 2013 is the ability to create a design study that changes the material of the part file. This will allow you run multiple simulation studies on the same part with different materials. The process... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2012 at CATI Tech Notes
When creating a circular patterns in SolidWorks there is a limitation that the resulting pattern of extrusions and filets cannot overlap on to itself. However there is a trick we can use to get around this. Instead of patterning the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2012 at CATI Tech Notes
When working with parts in an assembly you are limited to extruded cuts and revolved cuts through multiple pieces. If you would like to create a more advanced assembly cut (Cut Sweep, Cut Loft) we need to get creative. One... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2012 at CATI Tech Notes
One of the more advanced SolidWorks modeling techniques is using equations to drive sketch dimensions. For example you can create a linear hole pattern that derives the spacing and number of holes from the overall length. Let's assume we want... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2012 at CATI Tech Notes
Configurations and display states are very powerful tools to control how your SolidWorks assemblies look. It is important to understand the differences of what you can control with each of them. Configurations control assembly feature, part, and sub assembly suppression.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2012 at CATI Tech Notes
When creating SolidWorks drawings you may find you want to use a parametric value, such as a dimension or an instance count, in a note field. The advantage to using a parametric value in a note is if that values... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2012 at CATI Tech Notes
Placing a decal on a sheet metal part is similar to any type of part file. The steps are as follows. Drag a stock decal from the Appearance task pane to a face. To do this click on the beach... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2012 at CATI Tech Notes