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SOLIDWORKS: Review of BOXX APEXX 1 Workstation

BOXX APEXX 1 Workstation Review     Here in Bellevue WA, we needed new training machines. I was excited to learn that we would be getting new BOXX workstations, however I was in for a big surprise; the machines we received were the APEXX 1 1401’s. These tiny workstations pack a big punch measuring 4.7in Wide, 8.6in Tall, and 9.13in Deep! The machines in our Training Lab feature an Intel®™ Core i7-6700K 8M Skylake processor overclocked at 4.4 GHz with Liquid Cooling, an ASRock Intel® Z170 Chipset mainboard, 16gb Dual Channel DDR4 Memory, NVIDIA Quadro K620 2GB GPU, and 2 hard drives – HGST 1.0TB 7200RPM SATA for storage, and

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

SOLIDWORKS: Spline Tangency – Who’s Driving?!

Spline Tangency – Who’s Driving?!   Have you needed to modify a spline in SOLIDWORKS and found that even after relaxing the spline and resetting all handles that some handles are still constrained to something? Today I want to talk about an option in splines called “tangent driving” and how this option could help or hurt you depending on the way you need to control your spline.   First, lets recap splines. There are 4 simple rules you should always live by:   Keep it SIMPLE! Too many points will make manipulating the spline difficult to keep smooth. Use Curvature Combs tool to see how smooth the spline is. Use

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

SOLIDWORKS Motion: Rendering Your Results in Visualize Professional

Rendering Your Results in Visualize Professional   SOLIDWORKS continues to amaze me!  In 2017, SOLIDWORKS raised the bar with the ability to send animations created in SOLIDWORKS Standard and Professional into Visualize Professional.  This ability allows you to re-use animation work already done at the CAD level to create fully rendered movies of your products for sales and marketing purposes.  The integration doesn’t stop with the Professional package; SOLIDWORKS Premium Simulation Motion results will also import into Visualize, allowing you to take your widgets to the next level and create epic movies with ease!   To test this, I used a 12-sided die and set up gravity, contact, friction, and materials

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Posted in Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, PhotoView 360, Simulation, Technical Publishing

Design Innovation Summit 2016 – Model Mania Review

Model Mania Review   If you have ever been to a SOLIDWORKS World conference, you know that one of the big attractions every year since 2000 has been the Model Mania Contest.  This gives all you engineers’ a chance to show off your SOLIDWORKS skills and compete in a design challenge where both time and accuracy are paramount.   Here at CATI, we also host a Model Mania contest every year at our Design Innovation Summit that highlights all the new features in SOLIDWORKS.  This year the model we used was from SOLIDWORKS World 2011.  Each contestant gets 20 minutes from start to finish.  You first model a part from

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

SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Drawings in Treehouse – #SW2017

Drawings in Treehouse   SOLIDWORKS Treehouse just keeps getting better! This year, Treehouse will now import drawings with your parts and assemblies.  There are two ways to view the drawings, either as a separate branch, or within a drawer.   You must first set a search path for Treehouse to find the drawings.     Turn on ‘import drawings with models’ and add your search path. Turning on ‘Put drawings in drawers’ will have the following effect…   Within drawer:     Without drawer:     I hope this part of the What’s New series gives you a better understanding of the new features and functions of SOLIDWORKS 2017. Please check

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Camera Navigation in Visualize – #SW2017

Camera Navigation in Visualize   If you use SOLIDWORKS and also render with Visualize, you know that manipulating the model in the view port is slightly different than SOLIDWORKS in 2016 requiring you to use the ALT key.  In SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2017, you can now set options to mimic the way SOLIDWORKS uses the camera.     With the option set to ‘SOLIDWORKS CAD’, you can now navigate with the camera using the same buttons you use in SOLIDWORKS.     For me, this is one less thing to remember when switching between multiple applications.   I hope this part of the What’s New series gives you a better understanding of the

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Posted in Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, SOLIDWORKS What's New

Rotation Animations using SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional

Earlier this month we showed how to download and install SOLIDWORKS Visualize.  Today I wanted to talk about some of the features found in SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional; specifically, how to add motion to parts cameras, and lights.   SETUP First we’ll start with the model in SOLIDWORKS; I will need to set up the assembly structure and basic materials.  This model was created by one of our Application Engineers, Kris Dubuque, from our Beaverton Oregon Office. Since the goal here is to show the main rotor and tail rotor in motion, I will group the components into two sub-assemblies.  You can control this structure in SOLIDWORKS Visualize, however this will

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Posted in PhotoView 360, Technical Publishing

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