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SOLIDWORKS: Certified and Tested Video Cards

Certified and Tested Video Cards   SOLIDWORKS, for as long as I can remember, has always given us the ability to find video card drivers and information on video cards that were certified to run with SOLIDWORKS. As computers have continued to develop over the years, the question has always been, “What about this machine or what about these type of video cards?” So, with this increased demand from the SOLIDWORKS Community, they have responded by now adding in a new Driver Status called Tested.     What does this new Tested status have in it for us? As of right now, the first machine to fall into this category

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Posted in CAD Administration, Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, General Info, SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks

SOLIDWORKS: How to Transfer a Standalone License Between Work and Home Computers

Transferring a SOLIDWORKS Standalone License Between Work and Home Computers   When you have a standalone license of SOLIDWORKS and you want to run it on both your work and home computer, it is easy as transferring the SOLIDWORKS activation between those computers, below are the steps that show how easy this can be.   Step1: Install SOLIDWORKS on both computers, but only activate one of the two computers at the end of the installation (we assume for this example, it will be your work computer).   Step2: When you are ready to work from home, you will need to Transfer/Deactivate your current machine, in this example it is our work

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SOLIDWORKS: Essentials of DraftSight – DraftSight for the SOLIDWORKS User

Essentials of DraftSight – DraftSight for the SOLIDWORKS User   At SOLIDWORKS World this year, George Brañes and I teamed up to present the Essentials of DraftSight. Our presentation covered the key items that all DraftSight users need to get started with DraftSight. We also looked at choosing the best DraftSight product and installation. Most importantly, we presented on the ten essential topics that we think are necessary for all DraftSight users. Those ten topics we recorded and have put them on the CATI YouTube channel under DraftSight for the SOLIDWORKS User. Below are links to each of the videos. The entire presentation as well as all the other CATI

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Posted in CAD Administration, Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, Drawings

15 Reasons to Attend SOLIDWORKS World 2017 #SWW17

15 Reasons to Attend SOLIDWORKS World 2017 #SWW17   With SOLIDWORKS World just a few weeks away and if you are looking for a reason to justify to your company why you should attend SOLIDWORKS World this year, the team at Computer Aided Technology, MCAD Technologies, InFlow and our customers are giving you 14 quality reasons to attend. The Technical Teams from CATI, MCAD and InFlow have 11 different presentations and we have 3 customers who are presenting their own material.   If you are not familiar with SOLIDWORKS World, it is SOLIDWORKS‘ annual 3 day conference that you can join more than 5,000 of your peers and select from

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Posted in CAD Administration, Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, Data Management, Design Validation, Redneck Workarounds, Simulation, SolidWorks Electrical, SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks

CATI and MCAD SOLIDWORKS Blog 2016 Year in Review

CATI and MCAD SOLIDWORKS Blog 2016 Year in Review   To all the readers of the CATI Blog, I wanted start off by saying THANK YOU to all of you for making 2016 our best year to date with the CATI and MCAD blog. To close out the year, I thought I would give everyone a brief recap of what we did with the blog this past year.   The CATI and MCAD Teams joined forces back in April of 2016 and the addition of the new team members brought our total number of blog contributors to 32 for SOLIDWORKS and its related products and 9 total team members for

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SOLIDWORKS World Presentation Preview for CATI, MCAD and InFlow #SWW17

SOLIDWORKS World Presentation Preview for CATI, MCAD and InFlow #SWW17   With SOLIDWORKS World 2017 just a few months away (Feb 5th thru 8th 2017) the teams from CATI, MCAD and InFlow are getting ready for another for SOLIDWORKS World with a new round of presentations. We thought we would give you a sneak peak at what we are presenting this year including a few old favorites and some new presentations.     The preliminary schedule looks like this:   Monday February, 6th   Administering SOLIDWORKS Toolbox – 10:30am-12:00pm – Room TBD, John VanEngen and Jeff Barker How to Build and Maintain Effective Design Tables – 2:45-3:45pm – Room TBD,

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Large Assembly Tools – #SW2017

Large Assembly Tools   In SOLIDWORKS 2017 there are some new tools for Large Assemblies when opening and to improve performance.   Opening Large Assemblies   When opening assemblies, more functionality is available while you wait for components to fully resolve. This change is most noticeable in large assemblies that take a long time to load.   In previous releases, while waiting for components to fully resolve, you could only pan, zoom, and rotate the model.   Now you can also do the following:   Navigate the FeatureManager design tree Measure distances Create cross sections Hide and show components   In the FeatureManager design tree, an eye overlay indicates that

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Customizing Configuration Sort Order – #SW2017

Customizing Configuration Sort Order   New to SOLIDWORKS 2017 is the ability to specify the order in which configurations are listed in the ConfigurationManager.   To customize configuration sort order:   1. In the ConfigurationManager, right-click the top-level configuration and click Tree Order.   2. Select one of the following:   Numeric – Sorts by ascending alpha or numeric value. Literal – Sorts by alphabetical order. Manual (Drag and Drop) – Let’s you drag and drop configurations in the configuration tree. As you drag up or down the tree, each configuration that you drag over is highlighted. The configuration that you are moving drops immediately below the currently highlighted item when

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Blog Series – #SW2017

SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New – Blog Series – #SW2017   The new release of SOLIDWORKS 2017 is just a month away and here at CATI-MCAD the Tech Team is excited for this release. We have been working hard to find the best new features that SOLIDWORKS 2017 has to offer and are looking forward to sharing them with you and the SOLIDWORKS community.   Starting next week, the CATI-MCAD Tech Team will be starting their 3rd annual What’s New Blog Series. The Tech Team is shooting for close to 70 different articles this year and will be posting two articles a day, one in the morning and one in the

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SOLIDWORKS World 2017 Call for Presentations

  SOLIDWORKS World 2017 Call for Presentations CATI’s monthly contribution to the SOLIDWORKS Blog was posted earlier this month and this month I documented the Where, When, What, Why & How of SOLIDWORKS World and submitting a presentation for SOLIDWORKS World. The article answers all of the critical questions and has images of on-line form for submitting a presentation for SOLIDWORKS World. If you would like to submit a presentation, go to this web page and fill out the online form SOLIDWORKS World 2017 call for papers. The deadline to submit ideas is September 14th, 2016 so get your ideas in soon as space is always limited. I would also

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