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After teaching the Essentials course a couple times in SOLIDWORKS 2016 I have noticed some quirks that are causing issues. The good news is most of it can be fixed by turning off one feature. And that one feature is... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at CATI Tech Notes
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I had a support call recently asking what the difference was between angle 1 and angle 2 on a weldment structural member. For those of you who don't know there are custom property values given to all structural members called... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2016 at CATI Tech Notes
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It was recently pointed out to me by a student that when you create relations in SOLIDWORKS there is an underline for certain letters. After a little bit of research we discovered that these are dynamic hot keys that activate... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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Welcome to another edition of "What does that check box do?" Today we will be looking at the auto-select check box that is part of feature scope. You will find this option when you are creating features for multi-body part... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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Good afternoon, today I will be discussing changes to the sweep commands in SOLIDWORKS 2016. These updates affect swept boss base, swept cut, and swept surface. The first major change is the ability to create a sweep from the center... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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In SOLIDWORKS 2015, the flatten surface command was introduced to the software. This enhancement allowed the user to turn a complex surface into a flat to help the manufacturing process of soft goods and composites such as carbon fiber. However,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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Context modeling in SOLIDWORKS is a powerful way to create components that share a relative size and shape of other parts. By changing the size of shape of a part that is being referenced all referenced parts will also change.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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I was recently asked "What's the difference between Exclude from BOM and envelope in SOLIDWORKS?" More importantly why would you choose to use one over the other if they have a very similar function. The envelope feature in an assembly... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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I recently had a customer ask me if SOLIDWORKS has a way to count the number of holes in a part. His holes were created on a curvy design. There is no way to use a hole table on a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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When creating a global variable for a part file it has limited use to the file it was created in. It is however possible to create a text file containing global variables and link that text file to multiple parts.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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Working at Computer Aided Technology, Inc. as an instructor I receive a lot of questions on how to use SOLIDWORKS. One of the most common questions I get asked is "What does that check box do?" Today's check box is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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I get this question often when I am teaching students how to use a loft command. Here, I will show a few examples that will explain in more detail what the differences are. Let's start with "to next guide." This... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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Recently, I had a support call with a customer and when he would go to edit a sketch towards the bottom of the feature tree it would suppress other features that seemingly had nothing to do with that sketch. Here... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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My sister is a fan of the Harry Potter series and for Christmas I created an inspired design in SOLIDWORKS and 3d printed it. The ring depicts the Deathly Hallows and Harry's glasses. To create this I used a lot... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
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When creating part files in SOLIDWORKS by default the entire part is assigned one material. There is an easy trick when working with a multi body part file to assign each body as a different material designation. With a multi... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
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When creating a drawing in SOLIDWORKS you may have a series of holes that are cleaner to dimension using an ordinate scheme. This ordinate system can be used inside of a detail view should you need one. Let's look at... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
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In SOLIDWORKS 2015 understanding what components failed to mesh is simplified. In the Mesh Failure Diagnostic window a button has been added to only show bodies which failed to mesh. SOLIDWORKS 2015 also drastically improves the ability to use shell... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
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Costing has been enhanced in SOLIDWORKS 2015 to support additional manufacturing types. In addition to sheet metal and machined components, we can now do costing on weldments, plastic injection molding, 3d printed and cast parts. Let's first take a look... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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