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

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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 […]

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CATI and MCAD SOLIDWORKS Blog 2016 Year in Review

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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 […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Best 74 New Features – #SW2017

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Best 74 NEW FEATURES for SOLIDWORKS 2017 The new release of SOLIDWORKS 2017 is now available for download and the CATI and MCAD Tech Teams are excited for this release. At the beginning of September, we started documenting the best new features of SOLIDWORKS 2017 from part, assembly, and drawing tools to the new features in the SOLIDWORKS family of tools like Simulation, PDM, SOLIDWORKS Electrical, and SOLIDWORKS Plastics. We have been sharing them with you and the SOLIDWORKS community through […]

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

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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 […]

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

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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. […]

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

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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 […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 coming soon… Top things to consider before upgrading.

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 coming soon… Top things to consider before upgrading. The twenty-fifth edition of SOLIDWORKS in currently in beta with some great things coming, but we aren’t going to talk about that just yet. With every version, there are things that we should take into consideration before pulling the trigger on the next version. The Following is a list that we will be adding to as other techs chime in. Preparation List Are your video cards and drivers ready? Many […]

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SOLIDWORKS World 2017 Call for Presentations

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  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 […]

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Free SOLIDWORKS Certification for Subscription Service Customers

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Did you know that SOLIDWORKS offers free Certification Exams? Free Certification is one of the many benefits besides receiving technical support and Service Packs to having you SOLIDWORKS seat(s) current with subscription. So if are you looking for a way to test your skills in SOLIDWORKS or maybe you are in the hunt for a new job and want to make yourself more marketable, then trying one of the SOLIDWORKS Certification Exams is a good way to do that. SOLIDWORKS […]

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How to create SOLIDWORKS Lofted Bends

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How to create SOLIDWORKS Lofted Bends Lofted Bends in SOLIDWORKS are a tool that has been in the software for years and a tool that I think a lot of time gets over looked for the abilities of what it can do for a user. When we look at the Property Manager for Lofted Bends we are presented with quite a few options. Typically, when I want to know more about the feature that I am working on and what […]

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