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SOLIDWORKS: Designing a Portable Raspberry Pi Gaming System, PART 1 – Introducing the Kit

Designing a Portable Raspberry Pi Gaming System, PART 1 – Introducing the Kit   I have been building an arcade cabinet for my kids (OK! Bull…it’s for me). One day while looking for components online, I came across the Adafruit’s Pi GRRL Zero Parts Kit. The brain of the kit is a “Pi”, which according to Wikipedia, is a series of credit card sized single-board computers developed in the United Kingdom by the Raspberry Pi Foundation to promote the teaching of basic computer science in schools and in countries. The kit includes everything you would need to make your own portable emulator to play Nintendo, Sega, and other old school games for only 60 bucks.   Image from Adafruit.com  

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Posted in 3D Scanning, Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, Digital Prototyping, General Info, Modeling, Rapid Prototyping

Stratasys 3D Printing Roadshow/Meet & Greet Event – Schaumburg, IL February 8th

Roadshow/Meet & Greet Event – Schaumburg, IL February 8th   Join CATI and Stratasys at our Stratasys 3D Printing Roadshow/Meet & Greet Event in Schaumburg, IL on February 8th. There is no cost to attend and breakfast is included. Seating is limited, so be sure to register early to guarantee your spot.   This event features brand new content as well as two very special guest speakers:   Tom Brosseau, Senior Industrial Designer at The Marketing Store Worldwide David Vogel, Designer and Principal of R & D – Racquet Technology for Wilson Sporting Goods   Event Information:   When Wednesday, February 8, 2017 8:30am – 12:00pm   Where Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel 1551 Thoreau

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Posted in Digital Prototyping, Rapid Prototyping

SOLIDWORKS: Drawing Dimension Colors

Drawing Dimension Colors   Happy New Year everyone! The first blog of 2017 and I’m starting with a customer support call regarding dimension colors on drawing.   One of our customers called wondering why the same drawing would open on different machines with a color change for dimensions. This was something I had to look up myself.   The first reason a dimension might appear 1 color on one machines and a different color on another is because of the Color Display Mode being turned off in the Line Format toolbar.   Let’s explore a little…   Here is the Line Format toolbar:     Here is my model with the

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

SOLIDWORKS: Use a 3D Model To Quickly Create a 3D Weldment Sketch

How to transfer 3D model to a 3D sketch   Create a 3D model to the desired shape of the weldment you are looking to create. Start a new 3D sketch, then select an edge of your 3D model. Use your ‘Select’ tool. Click on ‘All’ to select all edges. Click on ‘Convert Entities’ button. Click OK button to accept 3D sketch. Hide 3D body for clarity. Click Weldment button to apply weldment profiles to the desired sketch entities.     Here is a further result after hiding the body and applying some weldment profiles.     I hope this makes you a more efficient with SOLIDWORKS!   Don Glaske CATI

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Posted in Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, Modeling, Redneck Workarounds, SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks

SOLDIWORKS: Magic of SOLIDWORKS Equation Driven Curves

Magic of SOLIDWORKS Equation Driven Curves   Most SOLIDWORKS users are comfortable creating models with the familiar sketch commands (lines, rectangles, splines, arcs, etc.); however, there are occasions when a design is dependent on mathematical functions or equations to describe its geometry/topology. Examples of this might be the curvature of a lens, the design of a custom spring, wind-foil, or perhaps a roller-coaster path. To create these special kinds of curves, the best approach would be to utilize the Equation Driven Curves command. This should not be confused with the Equations table where Global Variables are dealt with.   The first thing to keep in mind using this command is

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3D Printing: What to Print with Your New Makerbot

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What to Print with Your New Makerbot   Let’s say you’re one of the lucky people who got a new MakerBot Replicator Plus 3D Printer for Christmas. Now what do you do with it? You have seen all the amazing things people have been creating with them and you’re wondering where to start. You probably know a bit about how to try and make your own STL models from scratch using a CAD program, but if you’re not lucky enough to have a license of SOLIDWORKS on hand to play with, it can take some time to model up the parts you will want to print. Lucky for you, there

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Posted in Digital Prototyping, General Info, Rapid Prototyping, SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks

SOLIDWORKS: Perils of SOLIDWORKS Extruded Text

Perils of SOLIDWORKS Extruded Text   At times a file has a need of text. There are many ways of adding text to parts and a few things to consider. I created a simple Bingo card:     I created this file in a couple of different ways:   First, I extruded a base sheet (.006 thick), created a grid and cut extruded the squares (.001 deep). I then extrude cut the letters across the top and then extruded the numbers in the squares.   Second, I used the sketches for split lines to split the faces instead of creating extruded cuts.   Third, I had an extrude that I

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

SOLIDWORKS: How to Use 3DQUICKTOOLS – Sketch Tools

How to Use 3DQUICKTOOLS – Sketch Tools   3DQPRESS and 3DQUICKSTRIP have always been the leading edge for customers looking to enhance SOLIDWORKS for Strip layout, Die, and Fixture design. In this blog, I am introducing an unknown feature called Sketch Tools.   In this blog, I will be explaining how Bounding Box sketch function works, but as you can see, there are several sketch tools functions the user can use to complete tasks faster.     2. The Bounding Box menu has 5 areas to input information (Entities, Geometry, Orientation, Enlarge/Shrink, and Dimensions).     3. I have created multiple sketches to show the power behind the Bounding Box function.   4.

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Posted in 3DQuickPress, Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, Rapid Prototyping

Upcoming CATI Training Classes for January 2017 – Featuring SOLIDWORKS Administrator

Upcoming CATI Training Classes for January 2017   A common tradition at the start of a new year is to make a promise to do an act of self-improvement. There is no better way to improve your knowledge of SOLIDWORKS than by taking a training class. Computer Aided Technology (CATI) offers over 50 training classes in January 2017. CATI is certified by SOLIDWORKS, Stratasys, and our other partners. In addition to the complete catalog of course offerings from these partners, CATI has developed unique classes to meet the needs of our customers. In total, there are over 50 different training classes to choose from, including classes in Design, Simulation, Data

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Posted in CAD Administration, Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, General Info

SOLIDWORKS: Rebuild Errors After Upgrade

Rebuild Errors After Upgrade   Why do I have all these SOLIDWORKS rebuild errors after upgrading to a new version?   With every current new release of SOLIDWORKS, we get a number of support calls regarding rebuild errors. The most common is “I have just upgraded, now I am seeing rebuild errors on a lot of our older files….these were not previously there…why?” Sometimes you will still have the older version of SOLIDWORKS installed. Opening them in the older version still will not show the errors; what is the cause?   Well there is usually one simple reason this is occurring: Verification on Rebuild! Turning this option on in a

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