How Do I Change the Sheet Metal Bend Line Note Precision in SOLIDWORKS?

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Computer Aided Technology (CATI) Technical Support recently had a customer who went through all the SOLIDWORKS settings he could find, but he could not find the precision setting for the annotation for the bend lines on a SOLIDWORKS sheet metal drawing. Under Bend Notes in Tools > Options > Document Properties > Sheet Metal, there is no Precision Setting. If you right-click the bend note, there is no option for Precision. If you select the bend note, there is no […]

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How Do I Open SOLIDWORKS 2019 files on My Cell Phone or Tablet Using eDrawings Mobile?

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We at Computer Aided Technology (CATI) Technical Support recently had a customer call in to let us know that he could not open SOLIDWORKS 2019 files in the eDrawings app on Android. This was a known issue that was supposed to already have been implemented. So, how do you open SOLIDWORKS 2019 files on a Cell Phone or Tablet? There are two options. 1. Use eDrawings Mobile As we investigated the issue, we confirmed with the R&D team that the […]

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How to View SOLIDWORKS Files in Virtual Reality Using eDrawings 2019

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During the SOLIDWORKS 2019 Launch event, the director of eDrawings Applications announced Extended Reality would be in eDrawings 2019. Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), and Mixed Reality, (MR) have been combined in what SOLIDWORKS calls XR, Extended Reality. We have been getting some support calls asking about this new technology and questions about how to get eDrawings Virtual Reality (VR) to work. Well, first of all, the new direct VR mode in eDrawings 2019 is available beginning with eDrawings […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 Installation Guide Part 1 – Individual Installation

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 is out and the installation support calls have begun coming into Computer Aided Technology (CATI) Technical Support. How do I install SOLIDWORKS 2019? In this blog series, we will cover the best practices so that you can get up and running with the least amount of down time. If you do not want to worry about the upgrade process yourself, we at Computer Aided Technology (CATI) offer SOLIDWORKS Implementation Services. Built on our 20+year experience implementing CAD and […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Recent Documents Improvements, Default Save Folder, Improved Preview for Minimized Documents – #SW2019

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One of the biggest improvements to SOLIDWORKS 2019 Recent Documents is that you can save more recent documents and they are easier to manage. In Tools > Options > General, SOLIDWORKS 2019 you can now specify the Maximum recent documents displayed from 1 to 100. Note that the default number is set to 50. Another nice feature added to SOLIDWORKS 2019 is that there is a check box in the options to Include documents opened from other documents. Now, having […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Free eDrawings Professional Features and Configurations in eDrawings 2019 – #SW2019

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Each and every year, SOLIDWORKS continues to listen to their customers and upgrade their products. SOLIDWORKS eDrawings 2019 is no exception. One of the biggest upgrades this year with SOLIDWORKS eDrawings 2019 is that all eDrawings Professional features from eDrawings 2018 and older are now available for FREE in the eDrawings Viewer. Note: This applies to eDrawings for Windows only (not mobile). Back in the 2018 version and earlier, an eDrawings file published in SOLIDWORKS Standard did not give access […]

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How Do I Create a SOLIDWORKS Rx Problem Capture?

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The Technical Support staff at Computer Aided Technology (CATI) take troubleshooting your SOLIDWORKS issue very seriously. We work directly with SOLIDWORKS to understand crashes and to address the root causes of problems. Many common issues that affect our SOLIDWORKS customers are reproducible, even in the most extreme cases. The gold standard for troubleshooting a SOLIDWORKS issue is to record a SOLIDWORKS Rx Problem Capture. The SOLIDWORKS Rx recording is taken from a customer machine along with the customer file set. […]

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How Do I Fix the SOLIDWORKS Error “Failed to initialize Visual Basic for Apps, equations and macros will not work. Are you low on disc space?” caused by Windows Update KB4048955?

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Some older programs have trouble running on the latest version of Windows. So, Microsoft’s solution is to have the Compatibility Mode option automatically. That is all fine and dandy. But when Windows does update KB4048955, some of our customers are seeing the error: “Failed to initialize Visual Basic for Apps, equations and macros will not work. Are you low on disc space?” when they launch SOLIDWORKS. SOLIDWORKS won’t start up and it sounds like you may need a new computer. […]

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How Do I Turn Off Inspection Balloons in SOLIDWORKS Inspection?

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Once you have finished creating a ballooned drawing with all of your inspection characteristics, SOLIDWORKS Inspection allows you to export your ballooned document to a 2D PDF document that can be opened using any PDF program. One question that came up in support is how can I turn off the Inspection Balloons in the SOLIDWORKS Inspection Add-In so that they do not show up in the PDF file that is created? On the SOLIDWORKS Inspection toolbar on the CommandManager, there […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 Installation Guide Part 1 – Individual Installation

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 Installation Guide Part 1 – Individual Installation Another new release of SOLIDWORKS is out. Every year, we get a lot of calls asking for help in upgrading SOLIDWORKS to the latest version. For this reason, we have decided to write a blog series answering the question: How do I install SOLIDWORKS 2018? In this blog series, we will cover the best practices so that you can get up and running with the least amount of down time. If […]

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