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Bob McGaughey
Chicago, Il
Technical Applications Manager at Computer Aided Technology, Inc.
Interests: Design, 3d Printing, Photography, Arduino, Technical Documentation, Training
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The twenty-fifth edition of SOLIDWORKS in currently in beta with some great things coming, but we aren't going to talk about that just yet. With every version, there are things that we should take into consideration before pulling the trigger... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2016 at CATI Tech Notes
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Just this last Wednesday Creaform release its service release of VxModel 5.0. We have been partners with Creaform for only a short time, small compared to the 20 years with SOLIDWORKS. But we have begun a very good partnership. The... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2016 at CATI Tech Notes
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Welcome back, Last time we spoke about reverse engineering with scan and cmm data. The next few articles we are going to go into a deep dive in extracting entities from your scan data to send to cad and use... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2016 at CATI Tech Notes
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When it comes to scanning for the purposes of Reverse Engineering many people of perception that things happen AUTOMAGICALLY is I say it. Meaning, you scan the part, hit got and edit a fully featured CAD model in SOLIDWORKS, just... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2016 at CATI Tech Notes
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The last few months, we have been working with Creaform's line of 3D Scanning devices and we have been doing some amazing things. Today, I'd like to talk about the results of the Go!Scan 20 color white light scanner and... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2016 at CATI Tech Notes
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This holiday season, I had the pleasure to play with one of the new Windows Surface Pro 4s and I was pretty impressed. But, will it run SOLIDWORKS? This is the question I plan on answering very soon here on... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2016 at CATI Tech Notes
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This holiday season, I had the pleasure of playing with a tech toy that I've heard of but never had my hands on, called, Google Cardboard. I must say this thing is pretty cool! You can visit the Palace of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2016 at CATI Tech Notes
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In this latest version of SOLIDWORKS Composer there are a few enhancements that are worth noting, in my last article we looked at the changes to timeline tracks and in this article we will look at some enhancements to the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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In this latest version of Composer there are a few enhancements that are worth noting, one being the remodeled animation timeline tracks. The Camera and Digger tracks remain the same but other actors get a little more attention here. Where... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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A few weeks back, I did a day of consulting with a customer on sheet metal costing and quoting. The following PDF, because this article was way too long, covers a summary of the processes we came up with to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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With each version of SOLIDWORKS the development team along with the product definition specialist sorts through the vast number of your enhancement requests. Doing a great to job for the most part to do what we ask of them; make... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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When teaching SOLIDWORKS we stress that there are a multitude of ways of doing something. That for one, when it comes to navigating the 3D environment around your design has a just a few. 1. Keyboard short cuts 2. Arrow... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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One thing we overlook many times as designers in SOLIDWORKS is, "Are my files on the current version of SOLIDWORKS?" Most of the time our answer is yes they are!!! But many times we are completely wrong. So who cares?... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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When perusing a model in SOLIDWORKS that was not your own, you really need to understand the feature manager design tree for the file you are looking at. In previous versions of SOLIDWORKS you would right mouse button click on... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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With previous versions of SOLIDWORKS it was fairly difficult to select very small faces. We've used tools such as zoom, magnify, and selection filters to achieve these minute groupings up to this point. But with SOLIDWORKS 2015 you'll find making... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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In SOLIDWORKS 2014 we received a tool that allowed you to switch the active configuration of a part/assembly in the current active configuration called Quick Configurations. 1. Go to Tools/Options/ 2.Turn on "Show quick configurations" Now to 2015, what did... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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When working in SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM is it important to see what your team is working on at any given time. With SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM 2015 it is much easier to understand the current state of projects with the new... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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The other day, I downloaded the Windows 10 Technical Preview. Being the good nerd I am, I installed it immediately - against the moaning and groaning prompts of several co-workers. "Dude, it's going to be worse than Windows 8." "I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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SOLIDWORKS Composer Service Pack 2.0 is not just any service pack - it is the "X" release or the second major release of Composer in the 2015 cycle. Composer has always done an "X" release. It is now just a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
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When working with a customer last week, they posed a very good question about file updates in Composer. This is their current process from which they are having problems with Composer Document Updates. The Process The R&D group starts all... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
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As we remise those people, places and things we have lost in life, we think of how they fulfilled our lives. In this article, I would like to memorialize a place… Labs.SolidWorks.com. Although you were only around for four short... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
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Every year when the SOLIDWORKS What's New PDF becomes available, I go straight for the Composer enhancements. As I look through the vast array(you know what I mean if you've seen the list) of new items, one particular enhancement jumped... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
The other day in class a student asked about making a Composer animation stop at a certain point of the animation without making a part flash a color. Well, here is one answer in the YouTube video below. It involves... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
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So here at CATI we do a lot of hardware testing, mostly centered on RAM, CPUs, and Videos cards. Our partnerships with with Intel and Nvidia have been great on these matters. But one fun little thing has been missing... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
The other day I had a support call about controlling your BOM ID numbers inside of SolidWorks Composer. This video, I hope you agree, will give you some insight into working with parts and assemblies. Cheers, Bob McGaughey, CSWE Technical... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes