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SOLIDWORKS 2022 What’s New – Hole Wizard Slots

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As you may know, applying slots to a SOLIDWORKS sketch by use of the Slot Tool lends a few dimensioning options. We can dimension the slot from arc center to arc center or by the overall length from arc tangent to arc tangent. However, applying a specified slot type by use of the Hole Wizard didn’t lend the same options; until now! SOLIDWORKS 2022 offers the addition of the arc center dimension scheme. In the Property Manager for Hole Wizard […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2022 What’s New – Updates to Sketching

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Among the changes in SOLIDWORKS 2022 are two important improvements focusing on the reuse of sketch geometry: Directions in the Linear Sketch Pattern command can be defined using lines from the current sketch, and sketch text can be replicated with Linear Sketch Pattern and Copy Entities. Let’s take a closer look at these enhancements. Directions in the Linear Sketch Pattern Command In past versions of SOLIDWORKS, the directions in a Linear Sketch Pattern could be represented only by the default […]

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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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SOLIDWORKS: Dimensioning Arcs and Circles

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Here is a quick trick for dimensioning arcs and circles in SOLIDWORKS. When creating Smart Dimension and clicking on the circles, SOLIDWORKS will attach the dimension to their center points. The SOLIDWORKS setting that controls how the dimension is attached to arcs and circles is called “Arc Condition.” Selecting the dimension, and viewing the property manager, we can easily see our options. By default, the arc conditions will be placed with the “Center” condition. The “First Arc Condition” corresponds to […]

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How to Request a License for the SOLIDWORKS Document Manager API

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If you are unfamiliar, the Document Manager API’s will provide many useful functions for accessing SOLIDWORKS files without having to open them in SOLIDWORKS. This makes running your applications very fast. In addition, it will not use up a license of SOLIDWORKS. It is especially useful for manipulating custom properties, file relationships, or accessing 2D file previews. License keys for the Document Manager are provided directly by SOLIDWORKS. To get one, you must login to the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal. If […]

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Save Time Creating Common Starting Features with Templates in SOLIDWORKS

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I was recently working on a project in SOLIDWORKS where I needed to keep creating a new part over and over. Every time, I would select the part template I wanted, extrude a block, then add a hole in it. I could then get to the main task at hand. From there, things were different, but the first few features created were always the same. Repeating those first few steps every time was time consuming (although I did become quite […]

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Get to Know CATI Technical Support

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One of our jobs here at CATI is to provide top-notch Technical Support for our customers, covering SOLIDWORKS products like Simulation, Electrical, 3DEXPERIENCE, and SOLIDWORKS PDM along with 3D Printing and 3D Scanning. We do this by having a fully staffed team of experts in all of the various fields of the products that CATI provides to our customers. Did you know… Our customers have direct access to our various technical support teams and have a multitude of ways to […]

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Docking Stations and SOLIDWORKS

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Docking stations are great. They let us take all the advantages of having a desktop PC (multiple monitors, nice peripherals, etc.) while having a portable laptop that we can take on the road if we need to. This article will hopefully help provide guidance for IT buyers who are trying to outfit their engineers, draftsmen, and so on with an adequate office setup. What goes into buying a docking station for SOLIDWORKS? Are they all created equal? Unfortunately, the process […]

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SOLIDWORKS – Incorrect Graphical Display Colors

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A particular graphical error has presented itself in the form of improperly displayed graphical analysis colors. Expected color analysis appears incorrect in the graphics display in several situations: Draft Analysis, Simulation mesh/result plots, and more. Red, yellow, green, blue, and variations of these colors used for graphical analysis can appear as the wrong color in some areas of the model. The problem can occur for one of two known reasons; the Background Appearance is set to Gradient and/or Enhanced Graphics […]

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Mapped Drives not shown after installing SOLIDWORKS?

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After a new installation of SOLIDWORKS, you may find something looks unfamiliar. One of those items might be mapped network drives under My PC not showing. I hate that helpless feeling of not knowing why….. but help is on the way. According to Microsoft, it’s the UAC that’s to blame. UAC stands for User Account Controls. Because of the UAC, the Shell runs with standard user permissions, and it cannot see the mapped drives that were configured by the SOLIDWORKS application […]

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