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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Designing Custom Packaging (Part 3)

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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 […]

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Designing Custom Packaging (Part 2)

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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 […]

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

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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: […]

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

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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 […]

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