SOLIDWORKS 2020 Beta 1 is Out!

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Today is the day, SOLIDWORKS 2020 Beta is available. It’s time to take SOLIDWORKS 2020 for a test drive, check out the new enhancements and participate in the Beta program. What is the Beta Program? Participating in the Beta program is more than just taking the next release of SOLIDWORKS for a test drive. It’s about connecting with the BETA community, interacting with the SOLIDWORKS R&D team to provide your feedback on the new functionality, and flexing your SOLIDWORKS skills […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 Beta is coming!

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SOLIDWORKS just announced that the Beta version of SOLIDWORKS 2020 is scheduled to go live near the end of June. Like previous years, SOLIDWORKS will have a Beta program that will allow users to test the new software. What is the Beta Program? As a Beta Tester you have the opportunity to impact the quality, performance, and reliability of this new version before it is released. All Beta Testers submit their feedback to win different prizes and awards. The only […]

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Design Library for Drawings?

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I hope that everyone reading this post is aware of the SOLIDWORKS Design Library and how useful it is. If you don’t, it an easy way to save SOLIDWORKS features for reuse. If you’d like a refresher of how to create Library Features, take a look at the post below. https://www.cati.com/blog/2015/06/creating-solidworks-library-features-from-scratch/ But did you know that they are just as useful for Drawings? Just about any drawing annotation can be saved to the Design Library. This allows the quick creation […]

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Reordering your SOLIDWORKS Inspection Project

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The idea for this post is the result of a recent SOLIDWORKS Inspection tech support call. It’s a very simple question, “how do I change the order of my ballooned characteristics in my SOLIDWORKS Inspection project?” Maybe before we discuss how to change the order of the characteristics, we should talk about how they’re added in the first place. In these examples, I’ll be setting up a SOLIDWORKS Inspection project using the SOLIDWORKS Add-In. Automatic Extraction The order of the […]

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Why are my BOM ID’s changing?

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Not long ago I was helping a customer with a SOLIDWORKS Composer support question.  The customer was working on creating a Bill of Materials and various items were changing from view to view. This type of issue is something I hear about regularly so let’s look at this behavior with the following example, “why are my callouts changing or simply blank?” In this first view, you can see that the callout shows item 6.  Also, notice the selected component is […]

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Converting to DXF using the Task Scheduler

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This questions came up recently with a customer. How to automate converting SOLIDWORKS parts to DXF?  If the part is Sheet Metal, this is easily done directly from the part with a Right Click. For non-sheet metal parts, this can be completed using the Task Scheduler in SOLIDWORKS Professional 2018. This process will require two trips through the Task Scheduler. The first step will insert the parts into drawings and the second is to export drawings to DXF. The easiest […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 WHAT’S NEW – BEST NEW FEATURES – #SW2019

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The new release of SOLIDWORKS 2019 is now available and the Computer Aided Technology Tech Team is excited for this release and all its new features. At the beginning of September, we started documenting the best new features of SOLIDWORKS 2019 from Part, Assembly, and Drawing tools to the new features in the SOLIDWORKS family of tools like Simulation, EPDM, SOLIDWORKS Electrical, and SOLIDWORKS CAM. We have been sharing them with you and the SOLIDWORKS community thru the CATI Blog. We have since published 83 different articles […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Editing Generic Splines – #SW2019

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If you’re like me, you rely on Convert Entities in SOLIDWORKS sketches to help capture Design Intent. Now, how many times have you converted entities and then decided that you want to change them? It never happens, does it?  SOLIDWORKS 2019 introduces great new functionality that allows you to fully modify any converted spline and using it couldn’t be easier. But first, let’s look at SOLIDWORKS 2018 so we can fully appreciate this new functionality. When we use Convert Entities, […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Grouping Mates and Separating Fasteners – #SW2019

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Over the last few releases of SOLIDWORKS, there have been several enhancements that help us increase productivity with assemblies. SOLIDWORKS 2018 introduced the Assembly Open Progress Indicator and new visualization tools for folders in the Design Tree. SOLIDWORKS 2019 introduces some great tools to help you organize your assembly mates and increase productivity. As we all know, the number of mates in our assemblies can increase exponentially and may get difficult to manage. My trusty RC helicopter model isn’t a […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS 2019 SP0 is released #SW2019

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The wait is over. SOLIDWORKS 2019 SP0 is released today and available for download. For those eager to upgrade, log into the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal and begin the process. For those who prefer to wait for the media kits, things are changing this year and SOLIDWORKS Corp. will not be proactively mailing Media Kits for SOLIDWORKS 2019. When you select the Download and Updates link you’ll be taken to the familiar Downloads page and you may notice two new selections. The […]

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