SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – Adding and Evaluating Equations

EmailFacebookLinkedInTwitterShare

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 […]

Read More

In-house Training Changes for Social Distancing

EmailFacebookLinkedInTwitterShare

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, […]

Read More

A Real-World Example of Re-engineering and Customization

EmailFacebookLinkedInTwitterShare

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 […]

Read More

Designing Custom Packaging (Part 3)

EmailFacebookLinkedInTwitterShare

Today we are going to pick up where we left off in my last blog article; Designing Custom Packaging (Part 2). Here’s Part 1 if you’d like to start from the beginning. We had finished creating the negative space in the packaging material for the Rolling Crate and the Clam Shell. Rolling Crate Clam Shell Here are the two containers showing the negative space and the cross section showing the packaged items. It is impossible to carve the spaces out […]

Read More

Designing Custom Packaging (Part 2)

EmailFacebookLinkedInTwitterShare

If you remember from my last article Designing Custom Packaging (Part 1) I had left off after modeling the components and the containers. Then I created assemblies representing the tightest possible arrangement of the computer lab within the containers, allowing for one inch of spacing for the more delicate components. Clam Shell Rolling Crate To create the negative space for the Rolling crate I began with the model of the crate (shown here in cross-section) Notice here that the crate […]

Read More

SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Component Patterns with Variable Instances

EmailFacebookLinkedInTwitterShare

I am very exited to announce the latest enhancement for SOLIDWORKS 2020 Assembly Patterns. With this new release SOLIDWORKS has improved the functionality of the Circular Component Pattern tool to include the ability to modify individual instance within the circular pattern. This has been a feature for linear and circular patterns in parts since SOLIDWORKS 2015 but having this available at the assembly level really improves the flexibility of the circular component pattern. Let me show you how it works: […]

Read More

SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Using the Decimate Mesh Tool

EmailFacebookLinkedInTwitterShare

Since the use of handheld 3D scanners has increased there has been a growing demand to import, modify and reuse the mesh files that are being produced. Until recently there was no ability within SOLIDWORKS to easily manipulate mesh bodies imported from .STL (Standard Tessellation Language). When a mesh file is imported into SOLIDWORKS it is converted into a mesh body and represented as a solid or surface composed of many triangles. This is what a small mesh body would […]

Read More

Custom Packaging Design (Part 1 of 2)

EmailFacebookLinkedInTwitterShare

Recently I was asked to deliver onsite customized classroom training to one of our customers. This meant transporting our entire training lab, containing 10 ea BOXX workstations, 22” Dell LCD monitors, keyboards, and mice, from our office, 181 miles to the customer site. Since we didn’t have the individual packaging for the workstations and monitors, and the cost of commercial custom packaging was prohibitive, I needed to create custom packaging. This meant acquiring crates that could hold all the equipment […]

Read More

Using the Freeform Tool for Real Design

EmailFacebookLinkedInTwitterShare

If you’ve taken the SOLIDWORKS Surface Modeling class you’ve been exposed to the Freeform tool. During the case study, you were shown how to use the tool to modify the surface of a leaf-shaped extrusion to give a more natural appearance. Now seriously, how often are you going to be modelling leaves that look like this? I’d like to show you how to use the Freeform tool in SOLIDWORKS to make changes that are simple and elegant, as well as […]

Read More

SOLIDWORKS Deform Tool: Creating an Over-mold

EmailFacebookLinkedInTwitterShare

Today I’d like to show you how to use the SOLIDWORKS Deform Tool to create and over-mold on an existing tool handle. We’ll start with the Ratchet Handle that was created in Lesson 4 of SOLIDWORKS Essentials: Parts and Assemblies. Let’s start by creating a basic ellipsoid shape that encompasses the handle. Only half of the solid is created, so that symmetry can be applied later. Now a sketch is created to be used to modify the solid. In this […]

Read More