CATI TECHNICAL BLOG

Work Smarter, Not Harder: Using Smart Components in SOLIDWORKS

With the constant push to get designs completed quickly, anything you can do to speed up your SOLIDWORKS modeling is an advantage. Smart Components are a lesser known tool that has been available in all versions of SOLIDWORKS for many years. If you are looking for some tricks to increase productivity, Smart Components should be on your list. Everyone is familiar with setting up SOLIDWORKS part libraries to efficiently create new projects. A single file location for common parts can […]

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Calibrating your GO!SCAN 3D Scanner

Due to the inevitable changing of environmental conditions, it is important to be able to optimize data acquisition by running a quick scanning calibration. It is not necessary to do before every scan, but calibration should be done on a regular basis and when the scanner is exposed to an obviously different environment than the last time it was calibrated. The GO!SCAN system is supplied with a calibrated and serialized reference artifact, also known as a calibration plate. This is […]

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SOLIDWORKS TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION: Assembly Motion

For many designers, figuring out how a product will move and interact with other moving parts in a system is integral to the design process. Being able to describe complex assembly motion in the virtual realm is critical to communicate technical information with other designers and customers. From simply demonstrating the way an assembly moves, to specifying a motor or analyzing collision stresses, SOLIDWORKS Motion Studies give us a number of tools to simulate and convey motion. Motion studies are […]

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How to Build and Maintain Effective Design Tables in SOLIDWORKS

Need help with Design Tables in SOLIDWORKS? If so, join us this Thursday at 12pm Central Time for the April installment of our CATIpult Webcast Series. This month’s topic is “How to Build and Maintain Effective Design Tables“. Our Sr. Technical Support Manager, Josh Altergott, will be covering all aspects of Design Tables in SOLIDWORKS – from the optimal setup of parts and assemblies to utilizing SOLIDWORKS with Excel for the automation of designs and configurations. Josh updated this presentation for 2018, so you don’t want to […]

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From InFlow Technology: DRIVEWORKS 15 SP2 is Now Available!

As of November 11th, 2017, DriveWorks 15 SP2 is now officially available from the DriveWorks website! This release comes with many new updates and enhancements such as; Child Specification filters! The ability to use the Exact Number function in your rules! DriveWorks Live performance enhancements! DriveWorks Live security enhancements! and many more! Read more about the release notes for DiveWorks 15 SP2, where to download this release, and how to install or upgrade over on the InFlow Technology Blog. Continue […]

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Creating 3D Free Surface SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Output

How well do you know your Property Managers in SOLIDWORKS, SOLIDWORKS Simulation or SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation? Do you really pay attention to all the buttons and options that you can use for any specific feature? Chances are, if you’re like me, you looked at all the bells and whistles the first time or two and then quickly forgot about each available option. We tend to learn exactly what we need to know, get good at that, and move on. Which brings […]

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STL Output Settings for CAD (Updated for 2018)

Happy new year!  This information is borrowed from a blog post I wrote a couple years ago, it still holds true if your intent is to end up with a printable STL from SOLIDWORKS.  However, if you don’t need to make high level changes to toolpaths, like you might see in Insight, you can open native CAD files (including SOLIDWORKS Parts and Assemblies) within a software package called GrabCAD print.  This saves time and bypasses the need to worry about […]

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SOLIDWORKS Assembly Features: The Hole Series Feature

Hole Series is an assembly level feature where hole sizes can be set for the first part, then middle parts, then the final part. When a Hole Series feature is created, it will propagate to each part file involved as an in-context feature. Existing Hole Wizard and Hole Series can be used as a starting seed for the Hole Series. Just as with Hole Wizard, Hole Series can start with a 2-D sketch (either pre-created or as the first thing […]

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Faster Image Rendering in SOLIDWORKS Visualize – Courtesy of Your GPU

Creating magazine-quality images from 3D CAD models can consume a lot of time. Not so much in setting up the model’s viewpoint, background, lighting and appearances, but the time it takes to ‘render’ the image. Rendering images is where rendering software, like SOLIDWORKS Visualize, works to create a realistic two-dimensional image from three-dimensional CAD geometry. Much of the calculation time is used to determine the position and direction of light in the scene (i.e. where it’s being emitted and where […]

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3D Scanning Do’s and Don’ts Part 1

Creaform scanners are incredibly powerful tools. They can let you capture hundreds of thousands of points on the surface of a part every second all the while maintaining up to 30-micron accuracy. Sounds like it would be a complex and difficult process to be able to do, but as it turns out it is actually very easy and user friendly. In order to keep the process of 3D scanning going smooth there are a few things to keep in mind. […]

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