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Judy Marlo
St. Louis, MO
Application Engineer
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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
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SolidWorks has made some awesome enhancements to Drawings in 2014. Some of the nagging workarounds from past versions have now been updated. Here are 5 enhancements to get us started! View Pallet: New for 2014, the View pallet now shows... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
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When adding text to a part, SolidWorks has made the task simple.Text is added by using the ‘Annotation’ feature in the Sketch Command Manager. Text can be used with Extrude Boss/Base or Extruded Cut. For this example, a guide curve... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
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When creating drawings from part or assembly files, often users need alternative view other than the standard views: Front, Right, Left, Back, Top, Bottom, Isometric and More Views: Dimetric, Trimetric. When creating a drawing with a file already open, the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
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With the winter weather at our doorstep, I thought Freeze Bar Feature. In 2012, SolidWorks introduced the Freeze Bar Feature. Why? To save users "time" by taking control of their models. Large models can really bog users down when it... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
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During CATI’s recent Design Summits, I did a presentation about File Management. During those presentations, I found that not many SolidWorks users knew about the Design Binder feature that SolidWorks provides with each file. This is mostly because visibility of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
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During a support call, this question came up. The customer stated, "My assembly has a total of 75 wire ties. I only have 1 part file inserted in my assembly but I want to show 75 as a quantity in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
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SolidWorks makes it easy to create sheet metal parts out of solid or imported parts. We create a familiar solid part, non-sheet metal bodies, and convert them to sheet metal with associated sheet metal properties. We can also use imported... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
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We all have our favorite commands and often forget about some really useful ones because we get stuck in a modeling routine. Most times when I teach Assembly class, there is an "AH HA" moment when we do a case... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
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Have you ever noticed the Large Design Review Mode option when opening an assembly? Unless you are looking for it, you might have missed it. Let me tell you what it's all about. The big question is WHY would I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
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SolidWorks 2013 has 2 new FeatureManager Design Tree features. In my May Blog, I highlighted the Feature Manager Design Tree "Favorites" option. The second new feature is the Feature Manager Design Flat Tree option. The FeatureManager Design Tree View allows... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
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SolidWorks 2013 has 2 new FeatureManager Design Tree features. One of those features is the Feature Manager Design Tree Favorites. The FeatureManager Design Tree Favorites feature allows the user to add features to a new folder called "Favorites" to a... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes