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SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks and Info on Professional 3D Printing with Stratasys from the Technical staff of CATI

SOLIDWORKS: Defeature Tool

Defeature Tool   Have you heard of the Defeature Tool in SOLIDWORKS? Many users have not. Read on for all you need to know about this tool and why you would use it.   The Defeature Tool allows users to remove details form a part or assembly and save the results to a new file that is a dumb solid. What’s a dumb solid, you ask? It’s a solid body without any feature definition or history. This less-detailed model is saved to a separate file and maintains references to the original part or assembly. Why is this type of file beneficial? You can share the model with customers, suppliers, and upload

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Posted in Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, General Info, Maximizing SolidWorks Performance, SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks

SOLIDWORKS: Adding Zone Location to Detail Views and Annotation Notes in Drawings

Adding Zone Location to Detail Views and Annotation Notes in Drawings   Adding to Views, such as Detail View. Select the Detail View, then go to Insert, Annotations, Location Label.     The symbol with the Zone Location will be added to the Detail View.     Notice the ‘Detail A’ is in B7 on Sheet 1.  The number ‘1’ is the drawing sheet number and the B7 is the zone location of ‘Detail A’     This format can be changed if desired, under the Location Label ‘Settings’.           In the symbol, you can control what’s on the top or bottom of the symbol.    

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Posted in Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, Drawings, SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks, Uncategorized

Stratasys 3D Printing: Waterjet Cleaning System Has No Lights, Wiper, or Pump Working

Issues with Waterjet Cleaning System   If your waterjet suddenly stops working where the lights do not come on, the wiper arm doesn’t move, and the pump itself doesn’t come on when the pedal is pushed, it may be an easy fix. All of the power for this unit goes though the electrical box on the rear of the WaterJet and then distributed from there. The main thing we find that causes the system to go down is a simple fuse.   So if you power your WaterJet up and it doesn’t have lights on, this is one of the first thing we want to check. First, being that the

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Posted in Digital Prototyping, Rapid Prototyping

SOLIDWORKS: Raiders of the Lost Arc-Length for 3D Splines

SOLIDWORKS 3D Splines   Occasionally, you may need to find the Arc Length of an equation-driven 3D spline.     Easy enough you say, ‘Just use the measure tool under the Evaluate Tab’.         But what if you need to find the length between two specific points on the spline? Smart Dimensions won’t help you here.         To do this, we can utilize a nifty SOLIDWORKS command called “Split Entities.” This is a convenient tool sometimes used in SOLIDWORKS Surfacing to define extruding edges. It essentially splits a sketch into selectable sections much like a split line creates selectable faces. You can find it

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Posted in CAD Administration, Modeling, SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks

Creaform 3D Scanning: Achieving the Next Level in Skiing Safety

SCOTT Sports and Creaform: Achieving the next level in skiing safety with 3D scanning         SCOTT Sports’ approach to product design can be summed up in a sentence: there are “no shortcuts” for doing things the right way, for the right reasons. It is with this mindset that Swiss manufacturer of bicycle, winter equipment, motorsports gear and sportswear designed its helmet, the Symbol 2 freeski helmet.   The engineering behind helmet development   When designing sports performance gear, fit and comfort come right after user safety. With the increased safety requirements and riders wanting to push the limits of their sports, SCOTT Sports turns to cutting-edge engineering to ensure the highest safety level

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Posted in 3D Scanning

SOLIDWORKS: Time to Get Into the Zone, the SOLIDWORKS Revision Zone

SOLIDWORKS Revision Zone   Occasionally we get calls about revision zones not matching up with the drawing.     This is an issue that can occur when using legacy sheet formats. As you can see, revision A and B are both in column 8, but the zone shows column 4. This can be corrected by using SOLIDWORKS’ automatic border to update the zone information.   If you edit the sheet format, you can right click in the sheet and select “Automatic Border“.   You will be prompted to select entities that will be deleted when you click on the green checkmark to accept the Automatic Border command:     Typically

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Posted in Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, Drawings, General Info, SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks

SOLIDWORKS: 3DQuickPress Version 6.2.0 Installation

3DQuickPress Version 6.2.0 Installation This post was republished to CATI Tech Notes at 1:46:31 PM 4/5/2017 With the new 3DQuickPress V6 6.2.0 Installation, this release is design to run inside of SOLIDWORKS 2017. This Installation will require a UI registry refresh to active the new Toolbar update. See the installation process to update the UI registry. This Hotfix is also Windows 10 supported. System 3DQuickPress is always working on improving the user experience, with the new online seat registration to V6 the user will find faster response with registration and un-registration of machines. If you still have issues or need help understanding the process, you can always call our support line. Unfold

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Posted in 3DQuickPress, Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, SOLIDWORKS What's New, Technical Publishing

SOLIDWORKS: How Do I Open SOLIDWORKS 2017 Files in SOLIDWORKS 2016?

How to Open SOLIDWORKS 2017 Files in SOLIDWORKS 2016   With every new release, we get phone calls asking how to open up SOLIDWORKS files in the previous version. SOLIDWORKS 2017 is no different. Here are a couple of scenarios I have seen recently:   1. We are running SOLIDWORKS 2016 and a vendor has sent me a SOLIDWORKS 2017 file. How do I open the SOLIDWORKS 2017 file in my SOLIDWORKS 2016? 2. I have a file from that is saved as a 2017 version. Is there any way to open that file without having the SOLIDWORKS 2017 version?     The short answer: File-Open. You can open SOLIDWORKS

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Posted in CAD Administration, Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks

Stratasys 3D Printing: Manual / Alternative Load Cell Calibration

Manual / Alternative Load Cell Calibration   In some cases, the Stratasys Polyjet desktop models will require a manual load cell calibration.  In the case where the load cell calibration wizard does not correctly, calibrate the weight using this method:   First off, remove all bottles and waste containers from the material bay.   In the printer application, select Maintenance > Calibration.     Select the Weight Sensor tab.  From the Cartridge list, select the weight sensor you want to calibrate.   From the Cartridge list, select the weight sensor you want to calibrate.   Then insert an unused bottle. In the editable field to the right, enter the value

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Posted in Digital Prototyping, Rapid Prototyping

SOLIDWORKS: Converting a Standalone SOLIDWORKS seat to a Network Installation

Converting a Standalone SOLIDWORKS seat to a Network Installation   With companies growing, there is usually a need to add some additional seats of SOLIDWORKS. A lot of companies are now deciding to install a network version for the new seats or convert their existing standalone seats over.   We usually will get a call on how this process is done. Well, it is a very easy process. A lot of people think that there is a difference between the versions. A network installed client is completely the same as a standalone, the program is installed locally to the client. The only difference is that the network version will look

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Posted in CAD Administration, Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks

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