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SOLIDWORKS Electrical: What’s It All About Anyway?

SOLIDWORKS Electrical: What’s It All About Anyway? Many people making electrical schematics for their systems use generic vanilla 2D CAD programs. It works. It allows you to draw whatever you want, just the way you want it. Really, it’s just like drawing on paper on a drafting table, but on a computer. So why would you want to move to a dedicated ECAD software? What value does it add? I’m going to run through the features at a high level, […]

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SOLIDWORKS PDM 101: What is a Document Version?

SOLIDWORKS PDM 101: What is a Document Version? One of the fundamental parts of any PDM system is its ability to track the history of documents. How it tracks that history can vary from system to system. With SOLIDWORKS PDM, it does this through document versions. So, that begs the question, “What is a Version in the SOLIDWORKS PDM vault?” The short answer is that a version is a “snapshot in time” of a particular document. Versions are created in PDM as we make changes to the files in the […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation Standard, Not So Standard After All

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Standard, Not So Standard After All Simulation Standard is the entry level Simulation offering from SOLIDWORKS. Simulation Standard offers exceptional functionality for the cost, and can be added to a network or stand-alone seat of SOLIDWORKS. Simulation Standard includes the Static Linear Analysis offered in SOLIDWORKS Premium, and adds Fatigue Analyses and Trend Tracker. Let’s look at what comes with SOLIDWORKS Premium first. SOLIDWORKS Premium offers what I call the “Foundation of Simulation”.  With SOLIDWORKS Premium the user has access […]

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Choosing a 3D Printer – Why FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling)

Choosing a 3D Printer – Why FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) Selecting a 3D printer is much like choosing your car. While the initial cost is generally your first criteria, as you explore options, features, safety, reliability, maintenance, etc. your focus often shifts from “cost” to “value”. Value often includes extra or ‘non-tangible’ benefits beyond the physical dollars. Some of the value questions you should be asking about 3D Printers are: Is the technology proven? Is the technology safe? Will the […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 Installation Guide Part 1 – Individual Installation

SOLIDWORKS 2018 Installation Guide Part 1 – Individual Installation Another new release of SOLIDWORKS is out. Every year, we get a lot of calls asking for help in upgrading SOLIDWORKS to the latest version. For this reason, we have decided to write a blog series answering the question: How do I install SOLIDWORKS 2018? In this blog series, we will cover the best practices so that you can get up and running with the least amount of down time. If […]

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Prepping for the New Release of SOLIDWORKS

Prepping for the New Release of SOLIDWORKS Many of us will soon be updating to the latest release of SOLIDWORKS. We will start our downloads, clean off the old version and click away at the installer. But wait… did you backup your templates? What about your toolbox? Are we missing other files? What about our libraries? Maybe we should slow down a bit. Many of rush out and get the upgrades to start enjoying the new products just to find […]

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Fixing a 3D Scan for Printing

SOLIDWORKS, 3D Printing, and 3D Scanning really are complementary technologies.  We’ve been printing files that were exported from SOLIDWORKS for years.  Like most mature CAD packages, SOLIDWORKS does an awesome job on exporting STL files. See this post for a recommendation on export settings from SOLIDWORKS.  Depending on part geometry, the workflow from Scan to Print may require a few extra steps.    During a scan, we might end up with a few holes that will need to be filled.  […]

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SOLIDWORKS Training at Computer Aided Technology

SOLIDWORKS Training at Computer Aided Technology “There are no secrets to success. It is a result of preparation, hard work, and learning from Failure” – Colin Powell. At Computer Aided Technology, proper training is a critical component to success of any SOLIDWORKS or any software user.  With SOLIDWORKS Training, users are statistically more productive and accurate. Any untrained user may require up to 22.5 hours to acquire the same skill level that it takes a trained employee just 5 hours […]

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SOLIDWORKS PDM Products Simplified

SOLIDWORKS PDM Products Simplified Occasionally, I will talk with a customer that is new to SOLIDWORKS Products or has been newly or temporarily assigned in an administration or project role for the company’s vault. This information is for you folks… you know who you are .  The SOLIDWORKS PDM products can be a bit confusing to short timers. The names are similar and there is not an easy way through normal communication to differentiate or identify what product you use. First, […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 WHAT’S NEW – BEST 107 NEW FEATURES – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 WHAT’S NEW – BEST 107 NEW FEATURES – #SW2018 The new release of SOLIDWORKS 2018 is now available and the Computer Aided Technology Tech Team is excited for this release and all its new features. At the beginning of September, we started documenting the best new features of SOLIDWORKS 2018 from Part, Assembly, and Drawing tools to the new features in the SOLIDWORKS family of tools like Simulation, EPDM, SOLIDWORKS Electrical, and SOLIDWORKS CAM. We have been sharing them with […]

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