Fit Splines: Are There Any Limits?

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Hello Everyone! I would like to a moment to discuss an interesting but often overlooked command inside of SOLIDWORKS. That command is called the Fit Spline command. Now most of you have heard about splines but you may not be aware of the “Fit Spline”. “Fit Spline” is interesting in that you can take just about any sketch geometry and turn it into a spline by using this command. This can be a great way to get the functionality of […]

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Mesh Controls in SOLIDWORKS: Not just for Faces and Edges

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When it comes to mesh controls, people often ask if they can be applied to an entire part instead of to edges, faces and vertices. The answer is of course “Yes”, but the method is slightly different than it is for edges, faces, and vertices. Outside of the mesh failure diagnostic window, there are two workflows/methods for applying mesh controls to parts and one of them is a little less obvious than the other. Let’s dive in and start with […]

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How do I fix my scaling issues with SOLIDWORKS Drawings?

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I came across a very interesting issue recently (affecting some users starting in SOLIDWORKS 2020 and later) and have a solution should you come across it as well. One of our customers was having an issue with section views not scaling properly in their drawings, but this issue only happened for certain sheet scale sizes. If the sheet was scaled 1:2 there were no issues. If the sheet was scaled 1:5 or 1:10, the section view would be scaled smaller […]

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Overlooked Techniques to Make Your SOLIDWORKS Simulation Studies Faster

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Hello everyone! I want to talk to you about overlooked techniques to make your SOLIDWORKS Simulation Studies faster and improve your workflow. Many people do not realize that the shortcut toolbar that they use for modeling also has the capability to have Simulation commands added to it. Now if you are wondering “how will this make my Simulation studies faster?”, let me explain. Instead of using the command manager at the top of the screen or the Simulation Manager on […]

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Using a Tablet or iPad for SOLIDWORKS Part 3

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Hello Everyone! This is Part 3 in my series on Using Solidworks on an iPad. Please check out Parts 1 and 2 in this series: Part 1:  https://www.cati.com/blog/2020/08/using-a-tablet-or-ipad-for-solidworks/ Part 2:  https://www.cati.com/blog/2020/11/using-a-tablet-or-ipad-for-solidworks-part-2/ In this blog I will discuss some of the differences that you may bump into when using SOLIDWORKS on your iPad. I will also provide some guidance and tips to make your transition to an iPad smoother. Once you have remoted into your session and started SOLIDWORKS you will […]

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Using a Tablet or iPad for SOLIDWORKS Part 2

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Hello Everyone! I have some updates since my last blog post for using an iPad to Remote Desktop into a PC and utilize SOLIDWORKS Touch Mode functionality. I purchased the Apple Magic keyboard for the iPad Pro and there was a very nice surprise in doing so. I am no longer tethered to my desk when I use SOLIDWORKS. The trackpad on the keyboard, Apple Pencil, and my fingers allow me to perform all SOLIDWORKS tasks without a mouse or […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New Enhancements – Sheet Metal

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Hello All! It’s that time of year again where we get to see what new enhancements SOLIDWORKS is bringing us in their next major release! We drew straws here at CATI to determine which enhancements we get to write blogs about, and I was lucky enough to get Sheet Metal. Sheet Metal received two big improvements for 2021. First, major performance improvements were made in the code to reduce the time it takes to flatten complex sheet metal bodies. In […]

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Using a Tablet or iPad for SOLIDWORKS

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SOLIDWORKS has added some great new touch screen & stylus functionality over the last couple of years but many people do not have touch screen monitors for their desktop or laptop machines yet. Also, when looking for Workstations with a touchscreen the options are limited, and the form factor can be awkward since they are not true 2-in-1s. I and other members of our team have discussed these hurdles many times. I decided to find out if I could use […]

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COVID-19 3D Printed Mask

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Hello everyone, I wanted to write a blog that may help some of you during this difficult time. Due to the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) there is a lack of PPE gear around the world. This shortage is putting our frontline workers at risk and we absolutely need them to stay healthy. There are also members of the community that are at risk or asymptomatic and spreading the virus. What you will see in this blog is a possible method to […]

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