Gear Creation Using the SOLIDWORKS Toolbox

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Hi Everyone! I recently had someone ask me how to use the gears that are supplied in the SOLIDWORKS Toolbox. This is a great question because gears have a lot of different parameters that are required to be created. The SOLIDWORKS Toolbox has these parameters already set up and just requires you to choose the input values for those parameters to create the gear that you need. These gears function similarly to the other Toolbox hardware and are in fact […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2022 What’s New – Cropping Alternate Position View, Predefined Views, Bend Lines In Drawing Views

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SOLIDWORKS 2022 has brought a number of great enhancements for drawings! We are going to cover the following enhancements: Cropping Alternate Position Views, Predefined Views, and Bend Lines in Drawing Views Alternate Position Views Alternate Position Views for parts was a great enhancement added in SOLIDWORKS 2020 (only assemblies previously). In the 2022 release they are even better since SOLIDWORKS has added the ability to crop the views. Thus, allowing you to focus or show only the portion of the […]

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SOLIDWORKS Standard, Professional, or Premium: How Many Scoops Would You Like?

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So, you’re interested in SOLIDWORKS and found out there are three different tiers to choose from, but you’re not sure which one meets your needs. No worries! I’m here to help you find the best flavor of SOLIDWORKS for you. I did say flavor because we’re going to treat the different packages of SOLIDWORKS like ice cream, because it’s delicious. SOLIDWORKS comes in Standard, Professional, and Premium packages. Each package adds more capabilities to the software. Think of it in […]

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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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