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Overview on Claw Viper, the 2022 BattleBot We’ve Sponsored

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CATI has sponsored team Claw Viper for the 2022 BattleBots season. The team consists of four members: Team Captain Kevin Milczewski Chief Designer Brian Adamson Prime Screw Turner Dan Bostian Deputy Screw Turner Mike Thompson Claw Viper is a control bot. You won’t find it equipped with a powerful spinning weapon, hammer, or flipper. Instead, Claw Viper relies on skilled piloting. It aims to grab the opposing bot and lift it into the air and suplex or dump the opponent […]

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Sponsorship Announcement: CATI at BattleBots 2022

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We at CATI are pleased to announce that we have sponsored a BattleBots team for the 2022 season – Team Claw Viper! The team designed Claw Viper as a control bot, meant to hold and suplex opponents while maintaining total arena control! We provided the Claw Viper team with support using Stratasys and MakerBot 3D printers for critical component housing as well as SOLIDWORKS CAD guidance. Now in their second year on BattleBots, Team Captain Kevin Milczewski is an accomplished […]

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Flipped Angle Dimension in SOLIDWORKS

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There has been a time or two in SOLIDWORKS when I have inserted an angle dimension in a sketch and found myself instinctively subtracting the initial numerical value from 360 degrees in my head.  Sound familiar? Then let’s talk about some right-click options that will easily correct this issue for us. Assuming the sketch is the desired shape and the two lines to be dimensioned have been selected, accept the on-screen dimension. We can change it after adjusting its Display […]

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Methods for Adding a Watermark to SOLIDWORKS Drawings

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Today I would like to present a couple of techniques to add watermarks into your SOLIDWORKS drawing files. The first method will show how to insert a static watermark into the drawing sheet format assigned to a specific layer. The second method will show how to insert a parametric watermark into the drawing sheet format that is driven by a custom property of the drawing. Static Watermark For a static watermark I will be inserting the text of the watermark […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Check Out These Check Boxes

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In a recent SOLIDWORKS User Group discussion, we were talking about cool new functionality enhancements that were added over the last several years. We then took the conversation in another direction. What are some little, but still awesome, enhancements that can be easily overlooked? Here are two little SOLIDWORKS sketch enhancements that are worth the reminder. They both happen to be “newer” options of long existing features that can be enabled with…… check boxes. Convert Entities -> Inner loops Convert […]

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Joining the SOLIDWORKS Community: Increase your Efficiency in a CAD Platform Transition

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Going from one CAD platform to another is always a complex transition. You need to migrate files, templates, information of all kinds, and retain the accuracy you were accustomed to living in. No matter what system you are coming from, I want to walk you through the process of beginning to realign your system specifics to the SOLIDWORKS Environment. Setting a Solid Foundation If you think back to the first time you began working in your previous CAD environment, try […]

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How to Use Selection Sets

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If you have come across a model or assembly where you are repeatedly making the same selection of bodies, entities such as faces or edges, or even components then it is time to utilize Selection Sets. Selection Sets allow you to choose items from your model or assembly and group them together as a single set. Selection sets are used in editing commands, changing appearances, hiding and showing components, making configurations, simulations and the list goes on! How to get […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Make Part Flexible – How to Modify Components to Allow Flexibility

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Flexible Components, first introduced in SOLIDWORKS 2020, allow the assembly geometry to simultaneously drive the geometry of a flexible part. This is very advantageous for situations that require a part to dynamically interact with its surroundings, like a compression spring or even a boot for a shifting mechanism. The ‘Make Part Flexible’ command allows the flexible component to automatically update its position within the assembly without the need to rebuild the assembly each time. Let’s turn our attention to a […]

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Shortcutting In SOLIDWORKS

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SOLIDWORKS software receives significant enhancements each release. Some of these are exciting new modeling functionality, some are performance increases, and others might be directed to the user interface. In this blog post we will review some of the great interface enhancements and customization options that you should be taking advantage of. MOUSE GESTURES SOLIDWORKS introduced mouse gestures back in 2010. Over the years the number of available gesture options has grown, and you can now assign up to 12 different […]

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Back to the basics: Hunting and Gathering on the 3D Experience Platform

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Imagine the most primitive state of humankind. Most will probably come up with the hunter-gatherers prevalent before the advent of cities and agriculture. I’m no anthropologist by any means, but I feel like the people we refer to as “hunter gatherers” behaved as they did because they were unaware of many of the mechanics of how the world around them worked. To them it was easier to just grab what they could directly consume and move on. Now, for the […]

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