SOLIDWORKS 2017: Installation Guide Part 1 – Individual Installation

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Installation Guide Part 1 – Individual Installation   How do I install SOLIDWORKS 2017? In this blog series, we will try and cover the basics to get you up and running as efficiently as possible. Part 1 will start with the download process and then go into installing an Individual Installation of SOLIDWORKS 2017. Next, we will step you through SolidNetwork License Installations in Part 2, including common gotchyas like needing to update the license file with modify and creating […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Extrude from Any Size Planar Face – #SW2017

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Extrude from Any Size Planar Face   Were you one of those kids who could NOT color inside the lines? You didn’t want to play it safe. You were a risk taker! Now as an engineer, didn’t it frustrate you that your CAD software forced you to stay inside the lines? Like how in SOLIDWORKS 2016, when you wanted to create an Extrude feature using From > Surface/Face/Plane, the sketch had to be fully contained within the boundaries of the non-planar […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Window Selection for Instances to Skip – #SW2017

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Window Selection for Instances to Skip   One of the biggest complaints about Patterns in SOLIDWORKS is not having the ability to skip multiple instances. So, say that you are creating a large linear pattern and you need to skip maybe 100 or 1000 instances. Up to now, you had to manually pick every instance one by one. Although this accomplishes what you are trying to do, it wastes a lot of time and is a very tedious process. SOLIDWORKS […]

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How Do I Download and Print the SOLIDWORKS Keyboard Shortcuts Cheat Sheet

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I love my smartphone and my tablet, but I still feel that I work faster on my desktop computer because of keyboard shortcuts. There are many different ways to bring up commands in SOLIDWORKS, but the use of keyboard shortcuts help me tremendously. While I was browsing our new Computer Aided Technology (CATI) blog webpage, I noticed something for the first time. We offer a downloadable SOLIDWORKS Keyboard Shortcuts Cheat Sheet. I was excited to compare what shortcuts I know […]

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Upcoming CATI Training Classes for August 2016 – Featuring SOLIDWORKS Drawings

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In order to obtain the full potential of the powerful tools provided by Computer Aided Technology (CATI), over 70 training classes are offered in August 2016. CATI is certified by SOLIDWORKS, Stratasys and our other partners. In addition to the complete catalog of course offerings from these partners, CATI has developed unique classes to meet the needs of our customers. In total, there are over 50 training classes to choose from including classes in Design, Simulation, Data Management, Design Automation, 3D […]

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SOLIDWORKS Customer Request Corner – How Do You Fix SOLIDWORKS Errors Using File Locations?

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A common theme in the questions submitted to the Customer Request Corner section of the CATI Tech Notes Blog is File Locations. Here are some questions that have come in that are fixed by adjusting the File Locations: 1. Why are my templates gone since I updated my SOLIDWORKS?2. When SOLIDWORKS starts, I get the message, "SOLIDWORKS database is missing, complete functionality will not be available."3. Why is <MOD-DIAM> showing in a dimension instead of the diameter symbol?4. I am […]

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SOLIDWORKS Customer Request Corner – How Do You Disable Instant2D?

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The Customer Request Corner section of the CATI Tech Notes Blog was introduced last month by Computer Aided Technology (CATI). Most of the topics that the CATI Technical Services team blogs about are common issues that are dealt with in Technical Support. Customer's now how a chance to tell us what they would like to see blogged about. These are some of the questions that came in about the same issue: 1. What do I have to do to get […]

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How Do You Use the SOLIDWORKS Customer Request Corner?

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Computer Aided Technology (CATI) is introducing a new series in the CATI Tech Notes Blog. The new series is entitled Customer Request Corner. Most of the topics that the CATI Technical Services team blogs about are common issues that are dealt within Technical Support. Customers use SOLIDWORKS according to their personal preference and become very proficient in very specific functions of SOLIDWORKS. There is not necessarily a wrong way of doing things, but some techniques are more efficient than others. […]

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How Do You Change the Icon Color Options in SOLIDWORKS 2016 SP3.0?

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SOLIDWORKS 2016 SP3.0 is now in its Early Visibility mode of the release cycle. A lot of SOLIDWORKS users were not happy with the new interface changes in SOLIDWORKS 2016. So, starting with SOLIDWORKS 2016 SP3.0, you can bring back the old look and feel of SOLIDWORKS 2015. The new option is officially called Icon color. You can access the new option by going to Tools > Options > System Options > Colors. The new SOLIDWORKS 2016 SP3.0 Icon color […]

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How Do You Find a Component for Your SOLIDWORKS Design Using Part Supply

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A great new service introduced by SOLIDWORKS is called Part Supply, which is powered by EXALEAD technology. Simply put, SOLIDWORKS is building an easy but intelligent way to find a component that fits your design goals. It will be as simple as creating raw geometry in SOLIDWORKS. You click on it and the computer starts thinking and gives you the right solution very quickly. As you can see in this example, simple raw geometry was created. Part Supply will do […]

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