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Chad Whitbeck
St Louis
Aerospace Engineering background
Interests: Modeling medieval weapons and toys,3D printing,sports
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SolidWorks Surfacing When importing non-native SOLIDWORKS files, errors in the geometry may occur. Surfacing techniques can be used to correct the file. In this case, there is a fillet that did not get extended all the way around an edge.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2016 at CATI Tech Notes
Most of the time, creating a helical sweep is easy. But what if the diameter changes? Using the Helix/Spiral command allows users to create a variable pitch spiral. But what if we don’t know the different parameters of how the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2016 at CATI Tech Notes
An obstacle we sometimes encounter when 3D printing with a polyjet printer is if the wall thickness is too small, the waterjet that cleans off the support material will also remove the main material. Sometimes this can be fixed by... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2016 at CATI Tech Notes
When you are working at a computer all day long, sounds, especially repetitive sounds can get annoying. I’m sure we’ve all heard the different beeps that SOLIDWORKS does to notify us of issues. If you are like me and like... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2016 at CATI Tech Notes
Last week we had students from Dayspring School of the Arts visit to learn more about 3D printers. Since the school is primarily geared towards the arts, this was a new experience for all of them. They were from different... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2016 at CATI Tech Notes
Renderings are great for showing off your product before making a physical prototype and FEA simulations are great for understanding the stresses and deflections on your product under normal usage, but what if you could combine them? Can SOLIDWORKS do... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2016 at CATI Tech Notes
Custom properties inside SOLIDWORKS are a great way to automate properties between parts/assemblies and drawings. There is an automatic list of properties to choose from, but there are custom properties that might not be in the list. There are two... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2016 at CATI Tech Notes
One of the many enhancements in SOLIDWORKS 2016 is a new way to convert surfaces to solids even quicker than before. Previously, once multiple surfaces were trimmed together, a “Thicken” command was required to convert the remaining surface to a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
As discussed in our 2016 Blog series, there have been many enhancements in SOLIDWORKS 2016. A new and very useful tool in understanding the internal results of simulation studies has been created. This tool is mesh sectioning. It is available... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
Technical communication is vital these days. SOLIDWORKS recognizes that it is not feasible to install the software on all computers. To get around this and still enable full technical communication, enhancements of SOLIDWORKS 2016 include new features of eDrawings. Two... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
SOLIDWORKS 2016 has made some very nice enhancements to PhotoView 360 that make it even easier to use with even more functionality. These upgrades include advanced Preview and Scene Illumination changes. We can also now include dimensions in our renderings... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
A fairly common issue that I have seen both during support calls and on my own computer is having multiple service packs of the same SOLIDWORKS version installed on my computer. This is caused by a mismatch in installed features.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
When my grandparents moved to Idaho, they decided to build a privacy fence. My grandfather heard that there were wind gusts up to 80 mph during the summer and with his background in Flow Dynamics he optimized the gap distance... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
One of my favorite aspects of SOLIDWORKS is the Simulation software. Recently, I have been learning more about the non-linear studies that are part of the Simulation Premium add-in. Our world is not linear and because of that we need... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
Recently a question was asked to myself and a coworker on how to set Part level sketches as different layers in a Drawing file in SOLIDWORKS. We took up the challenge and started working it out. When clicking on the... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
Everyone is familiar with the standard 3 views (Front, Top, and Right) that go in most drawings. SOLIDWORKS is very good at placing the views so that they line up automatically as shown below. They are perfectly lined up with... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
Something I’ve noticed when using SOLIDWORKS in front of people whether it be during a demo, a training class, or a SOLIDWORKS presentation is that the mouse can be hard to see as it moves across the screen. While Windows... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
One of the common types of enhancements that SOLIDWORKS likes to create involves minimizing mouse movement. Carpal tunnel is a common occurrence for those that continuously use a computer and as such, SOLIDWORKS finds more and more ways to minimize... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2015 at CATI Tech Notes
When working with SOLIDWORKS Simulation, exact positioning of fixtures and external loads is very important. Occasionally they are placed on entire faces such as pictured below. This however, is seldom the case. It is much more likely that the fixtures... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
There are many methods to creating objects in SOLIDWORKS. Use of loft and boundary extrusions or surfacing techniques can go a long way. Another method is using the multi-body command “Combine” that is found in the Direct Editing tab. Using... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
When working with Drawings, especially when using the “Auto-start projected view” in the View Palette, it can be very easy drop a view outside the drawing sheet. I have also seen some people will place all of their views on... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
When running simulations a Design Study can save a lot of time to find the best design. In SOLIDWORKS 2015 we now have the Load Case Manager. This tool allows us to create and test different primary load cases and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
For almost all users of SOLIDWORKS, organization is vital for understanding another designer’s methods. Everyone designs a little differently and what makes perfect sense to one person may seem completely crazy to another. The ability for one person to lay... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
When running Static Studies, there are many useful plots that can give a wide variety of information. One of these plots is the Design Intent plot and sometimes known as a “load path” plot. This plot is designed to show... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes
Creating mate references in parts used frequently is a great way to speed up the assembly process. With a couple of selections, automatic mates will be applied to a part as soon as it is inserted into the assembly. However,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2014 at CATI Tech Notes