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Judy Marlo
St. Louis, MO
Application Engineer
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Creating organic shapes in SOLDWORKS can be a little intimidating….especially working with splines. After reading this blog, I hope to relieve the anxiety forever! Here are a few tips to help create and manipulate splines easier. SOLIDWORKS supports two types... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2016 at CATI Tech Notes
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In SOLIDWORKS, there are all sorts of check boxes that aren't explored. In the Pattern Command, there is 1 checkbox I want to talk about. It's the Geometry Pattern checkbox. Here is a part with a cylindrical cutout. The cut... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2016 at CATI Tech Notes
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With each update of SOLIDWORKS, there’s always something missing. Missing templates is one of the most common problems. It’s also the easiest to fix. There are 2 places in the System Options to check: Default Templates and File locations. Default... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2016 at CATI Tech Notes
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When sketching, automatic relations can be very helpful. But, sometimes they can be trouble. By default, Automatic Relations is enabled. Relations are added to sketch entities depending on the position of your pointer. The pointer will change shapes and show... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2016 at CATI Tech Notes
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If anyone has taken a SOLIDWORKS Composer class, you’ve run across an exercise of this Solenoid Assembly in Lesson 5. If you look at the Built Parts folder, there is a view of a section view. How did they do... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2016 at CATI Tech Notes
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The SolidNetWork License Manager supports multiple license clients by distributing licenses to clients on the network. This allows the number of users to exceed the number of licenses by floating licenses. Reading the SolidNetWork license manager can get very confusing.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2016 at CATI Tech Notes
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The “Make Independent” feature has been around for years. In SOLIDWORKS 2015, this task became much simpler so I thought it was worth mentioning. Sometimes you bring in several instances of a part for use in your assembly, but then... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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SOLIDWORKS has so many commands and features. While working on a presentation that a coworker created, I was reintroduced to the assembly feature JOIN Parts. JOIN is used when in an assembly mode. Two or more parts can be joined... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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SOLIDWORKS 2016 has enhanced some importing and exporting features and has included a few more formats to the list. Exporting options now include: Exporting Material Properties to IFC 2x3 File Exporting to the IFC 4.0 Format Importing Options now include:... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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There’s a new sketch tool in SOLIDWORKS called Segment. It is located under Tools > Sketch Tools > Segment. Let’s take a look at this new tool. Draw an arc, circle or line and go to Tools > Sketch Tools... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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SOLIDWORKS drawings often contain information that doesn’t involve a 3D Model View, Section View, Detail View, etc. Maybe a 2D schematic or a floor plan needs to be added to a drawing format but it’s not information that would require... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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As SOLIDWORKS users upgrade to newer versions or update service packs, sometimes the diameter symbols will appear as "< MOD-DIAM >" instead of the Diameter Symbol. Has this happened to you??? Most times, users can shut down SOLIDWORKS, wait a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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SOLIDWORKS makes changing dimensions very easy. After editing dimensions, it’s necessary to rebuild the model to cause the dimensional changes to take effect. This is called Rebuild . If the changes to a sketch or part require the part to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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When creating sheet metal parts in SOLIDWORKS, each sheet metal feature includes sub-features. What is a sub-feature? It is simply each individual bend in a sheet metal feature. Here is an example: This sheet metal part has 1 Base Flange.... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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So many users don't realize the value of the SOLIDWORKS Task Pane and all that's available with a simple click. Let's check it out! What is the Task Pane and where is it located? The Task Pane is on the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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The Modify tool in SOLIDWORKS appears when users create or edit a dimension (parameter). This tool has several options available to the user. Here are the available options: Save the current value and exit the Modify Tool dialog box Restore... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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SOLIDWORKS users have a variety of ways to get to commands. Most often it's a combination of the CommandManager and the Menu bar (pull-down menus.) What is the CommandManager? The CommandManager is the context-sensitive toolbar that offers the user an... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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During drawing creation, we often make section views to show more detail. SOLIDWORKS offers an option that allows the user to show an existing section view as an isometric section view. A right-mouse click on an existing section view will... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
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There are 2 tools within SOLIDWORKS that help users identify sketch errors and fix them too. They are Check Sketch for Feature and Repair Sketch. Check Sketch for Feature is a tool that checks a sketch used for a feature... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
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SOLIDWORKS 2015 has a new tool called Model Break Views. This tool addition is found only in SOLIDWORKS MBD and will be available in Q1 2015. Model Break Views tool allows the user to add multiple breaks to models in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
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If you love the Mid-plane direction option when creating an extruded boss or extruded cut, you will love the new Midpoint Line Command available in SOLIDWORKS 2015. You can now create a line that is symmetrical from the midpoint of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
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Quick Filters in SOLIDWORKS When opening files in SOLIDWORKS, there is a fast way to find what you’re looking for. It’s called Quick Filters. Here’s an example of the open window in SOLIDWORKS. Notice a variety of parts, assemblies and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
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SOLIDWORKS 2013 introduced the “Bounding Box” feature in Weldments. A bounding box is a 3D sketch that defines the smallest box in which the part fits. The truth is, you can use the bounding box for ANY kind of part!... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
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SOLIDWORKS has so many commands to choose from. Many commands are available with a simple Right Mouse Click (RMC). The ‘Convert View to Sketch’ command is one of those RMC commands available within the drawing environment. Here is a drawing... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
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SOLIDWORKS makes it easy to customize the interface so you can work more efficiently. Did you know you can add your own tab in the CommandManager? It only takes a few easy steps. Most customization of the CommandManager is done... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes