SOLIDWORKS 2022 What’s New – Draft Across Parting Lines

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I’m very excited to tell you about this SOLIDWORKS 2022 enhancement. It has to do with the ability to add draft across parting lines. SOLIDWORKS provides multiple methods for adding draft and there are several uses for adding draft to solids. I’m going to show you some of the advantages of this new enhancement to the Draft feature. To show off this new feature we need to review some of the methods for adding draft to solids. Method 1. Adding […]

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How to Change Units in SOLIDWORKS

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Today I want to talk about how to change the unit system in SOLIDWORKS. Before you can learn how to change the unit systems in SOLIDWORKS you should know how it stores and uses the unit system. If you want to skip past the background info and go straight to customizing or changing the unit system in SOLIDWORKS, click here. Access the unit system in SOLIDWORKS The unit system is stored in the System Options – Document Properties tab – […]

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Using Image Tracer in DraftSight

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Have you ever run into the problem where you need to duplicate a floorplan or a logo onto your cad document and you can only get a screen capture, or a pdf to use? Well, I have discovered a very useful tool in DraftSight called Image Tracer. “The Image Tracer tool lets you convert raster images in .bmp, .png, and .jpg formats to vector format. The images can be architectural plans, floor plans, logos, and curved images” I would like […]

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Methods for Adding a Watermark to SOLIDWORKS Drawings

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Today I would like to present a couple of techniques to add watermarks into your SOLIDWORKS drawing files. The first method will show how to insert a static watermark into the drawing sheet format assigned to a specific layer. The second method will show how to insert a parametric watermark into the drawing sheet format that is driven by a custom property of the drawing. Static Watermark For a static watermark I will be inserting the text of the watermark […]

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Making Linear Patterns Work in SOLIDWORKS

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Today my challenge is to create a fixture to hold a part that has been machined using the lathe. It will be held in a tombstone mounting fixture for adding additional machined features. The tombstone feature needs to be able to hold 4 of the turned items. Here is the part that will be held in place. Here I have created the cavity for the fixture. When I look at this cavity in hidden lines visible style from the Top […]

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Use Case for the SOLIDWORKS Dissection Feature

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I was looking through some of our older blog articles and I ran across a feature the I had never seen or used before. As far as I can tell it has not been included in any of our training material either. Basically, the Dissection feature allows you to reuse features from other parts by first dissecting the part, then dragging the feature (Extrudes and Cuts) onto your model. Here is the link to the old blog that explains it: […]

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SOLIDWORKS Property Tab Builder – Advanced

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The Property Tab Builder is a stand-alone utility for creating a customized interface for adding properties to SOLIDWORKS Parts, Drawings, and Assemblies. Why should I use it? It will make data entry for custom properties easier and more consistent, by removing redundancy, reducing data entry errors and by providing guided form for documentation. Using the Tab Builder will allow better and more consistent processes for design workflow. Starting the Property Tab Builder For a primer on the SOLIDWORKS Tab Builder […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – Adding and Evaluating Equations

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Welcome back to our newest edition of the SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New Blog series. Today I want to talk to you about a very powerful yet understated enhancement for SOLIDWORKS 2021. To state it simply it is the ability to add and evaluate equations within the file properties and cut list properties of the SOLIDWORKS files. In the past if you wanted to include the results of an equation in the Custom properties you would need to create a Global […]

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In-house Training Changes for Social Distancing

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Starting in March 2020 we closed all of our in-house training at CATI due to the pandemic. Then starting in June, we started opening our in-house SOLIDWORKS classes. This meant we had to accommodate social distancing requirements and personal protection protocols (PPP). CATI has made adjustments to all of our offices and today I will show you how we in the Albuquerque office have changed our classroom layout and training process to make these accommodations now and for future classes, […]

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A Real-World Example of Re-engineering and Customization

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I recently purchased a cross-over toolbox for my small truck. I was very careful to check with the vendors to make sure that the toolbox would fit into my year/make/model of truck and that I was getting the best price. Well, my toolbox arrived and guess what? It does not fit properly in the bed of my truck. I made the foolish mistake of not getting the critical measurement from my truck bed and comparing them to the manufacturer’s specifications […]

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