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SOLIDWORKS: 2017 SP2 Now Available

2017 SP2 Now Available     SOLIDWORKS 2017 SP2 now available   Get your copy today by downloading it from the SOLIDWORKS customer portal, or the CATI ftp site.   If you need information about installing SOLIDWORKS 2017 be sure to check out CATI’s installation guide.   Customers are often asking what SPRs have been addressed in each service pack. Below are several of the SOLIDWORKS specific fixes that have been resolved in service pack 2.   To see a list of all fixes, please log into the SOLIDWORKS customer portal.     Hopefully this service pack fixes any of the issues you are seeing. If you need any assistance

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SOLIDWORKS World 2017: Admin Image Basics Presentation #SWW17

SOLIDWORKS World 2017   Are you tired of the snow already? Then we have a solution for you! Escape the cold and join us at SOLIDWORKS World 2017 in Los Angeles, CA. Current weather projections are 70 degrees and sunny!   Presentation Preview >> Register NOW >>     SOLIDWORKS WORLD runs February 5th to February 8th. There is still time to join the fun and learn an incredible amount of information about SOLIDWORKS! 3 solid days of workshops covering all aspects of the product. Purchase your ticket here.   For those of you that are attending SOLIDWORKS World, check out some of the 10 presentations by the CATI, MCAD

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SOLIDWORKS 2017: Installation Guide Part 4 – Composer, Plastics, Inspection, MBD and Simulation Installation

Installation Guide Part 4 – Composer, Plastics, Inspection, MBD and Simulation Installation   What do I need to know to install my Composer, Plastics, Inspection, MBD, or Simulation package? First, all of these products are now installed thru the SOLIDWORKS installation manager. To download the installation manager you will need to click the SOLIDWORKS download link.       Run the installation manager, and enter the serial number for your products.     If you have all of your licenses set up to be renewed at the same time, you may have only one SOLIDWORKS serial number for all of your assets. If this is the case, then you will

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Reliability Report and Reboot Check in SOLIDWORKS Rx – #SW2017

Reliability Report and Reboot Check in SOLIDWORKS Rx   Oops! Your SOLIDWORKS crashed again. Contact tech support.   We get these calls all the time. Users report that their system is crashing constantly, but they can not often tell us anything about their crash.   In SOLIDWORKS 2017, we are now going to help you out by providing this information at your fingertips. The next time you are asked to record an RX of your issue, you will see a new tab inside of the tool.     The Reliability tab:       The reliability tab is going to provide information about how your SOLIDWORKS session was shut down.

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’ New: Visualize License Change

Visualize License Change   Dear SOLIDWORKS Visualize Customer,   SOLIDWORKS Visualize Standard is included with each SOLIDWORKS CAD Professional and Premium licenses on active Subscription!   For Visualize Standard 2017 and beyond, an additional serial number is required to activate the complimentary seat of Visualize Standard.   From October 19th, 2016, and once you have upgraded to SOLIDWORKS 2017, this new additional serial number for eligible users can be found by logging into the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal and clicking “My Products.”   Once you have copied this new Visualize Standard serial number, launch ‘Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features,’ select SOLIDWORKS Visualize, and click ‘Change’ at the top.

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Bidirectional Circular Patterns – #SW2017

Bidirectional Circular Patterns   We have all managed to work with the pattern tools that we have been given. Sometimes this makes us think about the best position to start our features in order to create our desired output. Circular patterns have always been one of these areas that we all wish could be easier.   When creating a circular pattern, I may want a single instance at the top center of my arc.   I then want to pattern this geometry at a given angle down each side of the geometry. The only problem is that SOLIDWORKS will only let us start in one direction, and then requires us to

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Upcoming CATI Training Classes for September 2016

Are looking to improve your SOLIDWORKS modeling skills? Are you struggling to complete basic tasks? Are you tired of asking coworkers for help or calling tech support just to meet a deadline? Register today for one of our many training courses and let one of our highly skilled techs help you on your path to become a SOLIDWORKS Expert! We offer our classes in 2 formats; classroom and virtual classroom. Here is a snapshot of all of the upcoming training for all of our locations. This schedule also tells you how many seats are available as of 8/9/16. Hurry and sign up before your class fills up! An insight into

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How to Install & Activate SOLIDWORKS Visualize

SOLIDWORKS has given us a big power boost to present our designs at the highest level possible. Visualize Standard is a new tool available to all SOLIDWORKS Professional and Premium licenses that are current on subscription. If you choose not to renew your maintenance contract, then you will no longer get access to SOLIDWORKS Visualize. There are 2 different packages available Visualize Standard – Photo realistic rendering with and easy to use dashboard of colors and finishes. Visualize Professional (separate license required) – Photo realistic rendering with the addition of high quality animations, render ques, and network rendering options. What about Photoview 360? Visualize is not a replacement for Photoview,

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Upcoming CATI Training Classes for July 2016

Did you know that CATI has more than 50 training classes to help you with SOLIDWORKS, Simulation, Data Management and 3D Printing? We have worked with you and your companies to provide you the best tools to get your job done. These tools are very complex and can be difficult to understand without the proper training. Let our techs help you learn the software as it applies to you and your job. We offer our classes in 2 formats; classroom and virtual classroom. The classroom courses are offered at one of the 10 training centers we have in the Midwest. With our recent merger with MCAD, we have 5 additional

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SOLIDWORKS Make

Are you looking for a new way to get your product in front of your customers? Do you recognize that the current generation of young buyers wants to customize their products to make it their own? Do you know that 3D printers and rapid machining technologies are allowing custom products to be created in an on-demand environment? Now, SOLIDWORKS has a product for you to meet this new demand called SOLIDWORKS Make. This is a web-based interface in which you upload your 3D cad data, define the available materials, the possible personalization constraints, and validate the manufacturing capability. Customers are offered controls to adjust the designs based on your offerings generating

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