Instant3D…Do You Use It?

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Instant3D has been a feature of SOLIDWORKS for years but are you using it?  Maybe the right questions to ask are “what is Instant3D and why would you want to use it?” Let’s start with the first part of that, “What is Instant3D”.  It lets you quickly create and modify geometry by using drag handles and scales.  You can use Instant3D in parts and assemblies.  To turn it on, select the “Features” toolbar and select “Instant3D” which is on the […]

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Instant3D…do you use it?

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Instant3D has been a feature of SOLIDWORKS for years but are you using it?  Maybe the right questions to ask are “what is Instant3D and why would you want to use it?” Let’s start with the first part of that, “What is Instant3D”.  It lets you quickly create and modify geometry by using drag handles and scales.  You can use Instant3D in parts and assemblies.  To turn it on, select the “Features” toolbar and select “Instant3D” which is on the […]

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Search for Dimensions in EPDM

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Great Aunt Eleanor can do many amazing things. She can name and describe all RAID configurations, she can rewire an HDMI connection so her old black and white movies will be black and white again (she curses Ted Turner the entire time) and apparently she is the lead elf in her WOW guild…but she can’t cook. The lady can [and has] burnt water. Thus apparently it would be logical for her to buy an Indian restaurant. The nice thing about Indian dishes is […]

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Search for Dimensions in EPDM

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Great Aunt Eleanor can do many amazing things. She can name and describe all RAID configurations, she can rewire an HDMI connection so her old black and white movies will be black and white again (she curses Ted Turner the entire time) and apparently she is the lead elf in her WOW guild…but she can’t cook. The lady can [and has] burnt water. Thus apparently it would be logical for her to buy an Indian restaurant. The nice thing about Indian […]

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Referenced Documents Doesn’t Do Subfolders!??

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Now I know this sounds a little crazy, but it is TRUE. It is a common mistake to think that when the SOLIDWORKS search routine includes a “Referenced Documents” folder, that all the sub-folders of that location will be included in the search. It is reasonable to think that we would all benefit from an Enhancement Request that would include sub-folders. In fact, we would not benefit and let me tell you why. The purpose of the Referenced Documents folder […]

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Watermark Work Around

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To trick SW into printing drawings with a watermark you need to use the following work around steps Open a new or existing drawing file Right click on the drawing sheet and select –Edit Sheet Format– Now that you can edit the sheet format you want to insert a MS Word Document. Do this by going to –Insert — Object – In the Insert Object panel check -Create New- and select -Microsoft Office Word Document- as the Object Type. Click […]

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Animating Arrows With Assembly Groups in 3DVIA Composer

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Check out the latest YouTube video from the 3DVIA Composer folks for a quick way to generate an animated arrow using Assembly Groups and Associative Paths. Be sure to sign up for the 3DVIA Composer channel while you are there – so you will be informed when a new video is posted. (Click on the image below to watch the video)

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Spice Up Your EPDM Web Interface

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You know the default EPDM Web interface? Kinda pretty eh? People all over the world are using it. Yet I still hear complaints: “It’s ActiveX so my users can only use Internet Explorer”, “It’s kind of plain”, “My back hurts”, “I’m only four” You wish it could do more? What’s stopping you? You can call EPDM’s APIs through ASPX pages -and because of this, I have seen some glorious EPDM web sites — dashboard graphs, quick hyperlinks… Heck with ASP, if you can […]

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SOLIDWORKS Graphical Content Creation with 3DVIA Composer Webcast

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Join the SOLIDWORKS team to learn how to more effectively communicate complex product details, by leveraging existing 3D CAD data across the organization. >Register Here – Be sure to list CATI as your SOLIDWORKS Reseller when registering Even a non-engineer can create interactive content and animations for: Assembly instructions Maintenance manuals Technical documentation Training manuals and more using 3DVIA Composer When:Tuesday, July 26, 20112pm-3pm Central Time >Register Here   Jim TeDescoMarketingComputer Aided Technology, Inc.

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CATI Design Innovation Summit

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Join CATI for our first annual Design Innovation Summit! The CATI Design Innovation Summit is an interactive learning experience focusing on how you can design and make better products. The information covered at these events is too vital to your organization's success to put a price on, so registration is FREE. >Register Today Event Highlights: FREE hands-on SOLIDWORKS Training Presentations from top SOLIDWORKS World Presenters User focused content Multiple presentation tracks to customize your experience The latest SOLIDWORKS Solution offerings […]

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