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

SOLIDWORKS – Why is my assemblies so slow, lets check the load on your video card.

I’ve heard this question many times over the years. Many of those things can be address by an article by my buddy Josh Altergott here at CATI. “Allowing SOLIDWORKS to Perform”, is a good read by Josh and it’s up on the SOLIDWORKS Corp blog as well as ours. What I do is give you a tool to see if what is being sent to your video card by SOLIDWORKS is causing the slow down. SOLIDWORKS Assembly Visualization The SOLIDWORKS Assembly Visualization tool is on the Evaluate toolbar. This shows the number of triangles being sent to the video card and help you judge what to do next. But first

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How 3D Scanning Works

Information in this article was originally published in the Creaform eBook An Introduction to 3D Scanning. 3D scanners are tri-dimensional measurement devices used to capture real-world objects or environments so that they can be remodeled or analyzed in the digital world. The latest generation of 3D scanners do not require contact with the physical object being captured. 3D scanners can be used to get complete or partial 3D measurements of any physical object. Most these devices generate points or measures of extremely high density when compared to traditional “point-by-point” measurement devices. There are two major categories of scanners based on the way they capture data: White Light and Structured Light

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Posted in 3D Scanning, Digital Prototyping, General Info, Modeling, Rapid Prototyping

3D Scanning: An Introduction to Creaform

An Introduction to Creaform 3D Scanning     While the mainstream media continues its obsession with 3D printing, another impactful, disruption is revolutionizing the way products are designed, engineered, manufactured, inspected, and archived. It’s 3D scanning — the act of capturing data from objects in the real world and bringing them into the digital pipeline.   CATI has partnered with Creaform to enhance your product development process with 3D Scanning technology.   So, what is 3D Scanning?    This eBook will get you started and provide an understanding of how the different 3D Scanning technologies work. Whether you are new to 3D Scanning or an old pro, we think you find this

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Flow Simulation: Local Rotating Reference Frame

When creating a flow simulation with rotating bodies a reference frame can be defined globally or locally. If defined globally all of the walls rotate in the model. A global definition would not be suitable for a single body rotating with respect to the entire model (ie a fan in an electronic enclosure). In this blog I will only be talking about local rotating reference frames and specifically the averaging type. How to prepare the assembly? This is really the least intuitive portion of creating a local rotating reference plane. As long as you can honor the following rules your models will be prepared correctly: Create a part in you

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SOLIDWORKS World Presentation Preview for CATI, MCAD and InFlow #SWW17

SOLIDWORKS World Presentation Preview for CATI, MCAD and InFlow #SWW17   With SOLIDWORKS World 2017 just a few months away (Feb 5th thru 8th 2017) the teams from CATI, MCAD and InFlow are getting ready for another for SOLIDWORKS World with a new round of presentations. We thought we would give you a sneak peak at what we are presenting this year including a few old favorites and some new presentations.     The preliminary schedule looks like this:   Monday February, 6th   Administering SOLIDWORKS Toolbox – 10:30am-12:00pm – Room TBD, John VanEngen and Jeff Barker How to Build and Maintain Effective Design Tables – 2:45-3:45pm – Room TBD,

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Installing and Configuring a Visualize Boost Machine

Network Rendering with a Visualize Boost Machine   With the release of SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2017 came the Introduction of Visualize Boost and Visualize Power Boost. Visualize Boost is a Network Rendering Tool that allows Visualize Professional users to send their render jobs to their Boost Machine, freeing up your machine to keep using Visualize or other demanding applications.   One seat of Visualize Boost will be included with each seat of Visualize Professional. Keep in mind Visualize Boost will require Visualize Professional be installed on the Host Computer to work. Additional seats of Visualize Boost will be available to purchase, allowing you to set up multiple Render Machines.   To

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SOLIDWORKS: Measure Center Distances

Measure Center Distances in SOLIDWORKS   We had a customer call in support recently that was having trouble measuring center distances in SOLIDWORKS using the measure command. The trouble was that the command was not available and greyed out. Has that ever happened to you before? It was odd because it is a simple measure tool and should be available. So of course, I am thinking something difficult like graphics related. Maybe they need to reboot, update the drivers or something like that. So, we did a web conference so I could see it before we took those drastic steps and here is what I saw.     You can

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Stratasys 3D Printing: Monitor Your Stratasys 3D Printer

Monitor Your Stratasys 3D Printer   Have you ever wondered if your print job is printing or the build is complete?  Wouldn’t it be nice to check on unexpected errors or ensure proper build start if you wanted a job to start at a specific time? Maybe you’re in another part of the building far from the printer or at another location at want to monitor the printer.   While any off-the shelf networked video camera will work, Stratasys has designed a camera mount for a Samsung WIFI camera, (model SNH-P6410BN),  to work conveniently with any Stratasys FDM and Polyjet 3D printer with a flat viewing glass.  Modifications can be

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SOLIDWORKS Drawing: How to Show Multiple Sheet Numbers in the Title Block

How to Show Multiple Sheet Numbers in the Title Block   Often drawings consist of multiple sheets. Most users like the drawing templates to automatically update with the correct sheet and total number of sheets our drawings consist of.  It’s a very simple process to link those properties.  Here’s how it’s done! This drawing is 1 sheet. The lower area of the title block verifies that it’s Sheet 1 of 1. Most often, users want to add more sheets to a drawing. When adding more drawing sheets, often we want the first sheet to reflect SHEET 1 OF “total number of sheets”. The second sheet reflects SHEET 2 OF “total number of

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Assigning SOLIDWORKS Views To Your Number Pad

Assigning SOLIDWORKS Views To Your Number Pad   Here’s a quick tip for assigning keyboard shortcuts for your standard views with 1 button click.   Instead of using Ctrl+7 for Isometric View, just hit your #7 button on your keyboard number pad to get your Isometric View.  Or the #8 button on your keyboard number pad to get Normal To View, instead of Ctrl+8.   Here’s how to set that up.   Have a Part or Assembly open in SOLIDWORKS open.   Right click on the grey header to get to ‘Customize’.     Click on the Keyboard tab, under the Show pull down, select ‘Commands with Keyboard Shortcuts’, find

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