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New to SOLIDWORKS 2015 is the addition of an Internal End Cap option. Previously we could create two types of End Caps; "Outward" and "Inward". Now in SOLIDWORKS 2015 we can create an End Cap with a New "Internal" option... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at CATI Tech Notes
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Yes, you can get a Grain direction note added to your drawings in SOLIDWORKS. Your part needs to have a Sheet Metal feature and Flat Pattern feature. Edit the Flat Pattern feature to set the Grain dirction/coil direction first. Then... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
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Often we translate models from other systems that are sheet metal parts but we don't always get all the controls we would like. If a part has an existing bend after translation for example, we're often stuck using that size... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
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SolidWorks Filters: Users often turn on filters without intending to do so, why? This usually happens when we type new names for features in the Feature Manager Tree. The SolidWorks' graphics area can become active if you bumped the touch... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
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The Tab+Mouse Hover in SolidWorks is an extremely fast* way to hide parts in an assembly that is often overlooked. Give it a try; (1) Open an assembly, (2) Put the cursor over a part, (3) Press the TAB key... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
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For those taking SolidWorks Training thru resellers, you'll now find a QR Code and/or Web link on the inside cover of SolidWorks 2014 Training manuals. This QR Code/Link information will allow you to have on-line access to an electronic copy... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
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By: Jim Krivoshein Goal: Chamfer one side of a slot. Understand why chamfers don't stop as expected. Background: Chamfers have an option (Tangent Propagation)similar to Fillets. Desired chamfer should only be on one edge of a slot, but achieving this... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
By: Jim Krivoshein Goal: List settings that should be changed or confirmed to assist new users to SolidWorks. Document what I usually have students change during my classes to make our class go smoother and the learning easier. Provide a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
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By: Jim Krivoshein Problem: Renaming files that have been designed in-context and have external references can be tricky. If done incorrectly the power of the in-context items can be broken. Here we'll rename an assembly and select in-context components and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2013 at CATI Tech Notes
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Please be aware that the SolidWorks 2012 Check for Updates seems to be able to find 2013 Beta 1 as an available update. SolidWorks has confirmed that this was not intended. Please call your reseller BEFORE updating to ANY major... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2012 at CATI Tech Notes
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Experienced Users: Missed Item #1 in 2012 What's New Experienced users tend to dive into a new version (like 2012) and not take any time to review what's new. Taking time to go to a What's New Event / Roll-out... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2012 at CATI Tech Notes
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There are times when one would like to remove the cavity from the model and maybe replace it with some other geometry. So how can we do this easily, especially if there is imported geometry in the model? Lets use... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2012 at CATI Tech Notes
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A new final design rarely is achieved in a first go. It often takes some jumping around, some changes to get to that final result. An assembly feature tree in SolidWorks may end up with items listed in a "random... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2012 at CATI Tech Notes
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So a new Service Pack(SP) comes out and you're interested. First, check the list of fixed SPR's from the Customer Portal. Make sure there are fixes in there that will make it worth your time to update. ;) Second, download... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2011 at CATI Tech Notes
Also, you can double click on it(anywhere but an active icon) to put it back where it came from last, instead of dragging and dropping. Enjoy! PS: Yes, I'd like a "Lock my stuff down" button too!
Toggle Commented May 25, 2011 on Fixing Floating Command Manager at CATI Tech Notes
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Here is another reason to read the "What's New" document (p.50-52) with each release of SolidWorks. ;) With SolidWorks 2011 there is a prominent new feature for your sheet metal blank, the "bounding box". This is the smallest rectangle that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2011 at CATI Tech Notes