SOLIDWORKS Interference Detection Limit

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If you’ve used SOLIDWORKS, you have probably used Interference Detection; it’s a great tool for finding static interferences in assemblies. (It can be found on the Evaluate Command Tab). If you’re like me, sometimes you will mate your components and they will overlap in some way, but it will not be overtly obvious. Interference detection can help reveal what is intersecting so that you can fix the problem. Even a super useful tool like Interference Detection has its limits though, […]

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SOLIDWORKS – Sketch Settings

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With my time on SOLIDWORKS product support, I have come across many user’s settings when remoted into their machine. I always seem to find out that most users don’t dabble into the SOLIDWORKS sketch settings. A lot of people like SOLIDWORKS “Out of the Box”, but there are a few settings in there that we might want to change to make sketching a little easier. I’ll go over my favorite two options that I always make sure to check on […]

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SOLIDWORKS Visualize: Video Decals

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One of my favorite new features in SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional 2019 is the ability to create decals using video images. We can now apply decals using *.mp4 and *.avi files, just as we would with static image files in the past. This functionality makes simulating screens in animations, like the video below, incredibly easy. Notice that in this video, the animated decal actually emits light into the scene. Just like standard decals, we can control appearances, mapping, and more with […]

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Limit Distance with Two Faces

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It is a known limitation in SOLIDWORKS assemblies that you cannot make a piston phobic to the end of its path. Below is a piston attached to a shaft with two square stoppers on either end. The red piston can slide back and forth on the shaft. Unfortunately, we cannot just tell SOLIDWORKS “avoid the two stoppers” or “do not touch the stoppers” We can, however, use two “limit distance mates” limiting how far either side of the piston can […]

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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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Make SOLIDWORKS Drawings “Quick View” Your New BFF

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Have you ever opened up a drawing and got the dreaded empty drawing views because the drawing cannot find the SOLIDWORKS part or assembly file references? Ugh. Now what??? You don’t even have any way of seeing what the missing reference file used to look like or should look like? No worries. DO NOT SAVE the SOLIDWORKS drawing file with the missing file references. Just close the drawing without saving. In SOLIDWORKS, go to the Open File Open select Quick […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 Installation Guide Part 2 – Installing or upgrading the SolidNetwork License Manager (SNL)

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With every new version of SOLIDWORKS, if you are running the network version, the license manager is required to be upgraded to the latest version that a client is running. The license manager is backwards compatible with all older version of SOLIDWORKS along with PDM licenses. You can use the same media/download as you would use for the clients, however you will want to select “Server Products” from the menu. With the license manager being previously installed. It should default […]

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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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Prepping for a New Release of SOLIDWORKS (2019)

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***NEW FOR 2019*** Following the industry and environmental trends, SOLIDWORKS 2019 will only be available via electronic distribution for customers in US, Germany, France and Italy. You will be able to request one DVD media kit per valid serial number. Once your serial number is validated below, your media kit will be shipped within 45 business days. https://solidworks.dsgraphics.com/solidworksmediakit Many of us will soon be updating to the latest release of SOLIDWORKS. We will start our downloads, clean off the old […]

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Exploring SOLIDWORKS Explorer

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SOLIDWORKS Explorer is a free tool that is similar to Windows File Explorer but allows you to manage file references for SOLIDWORKS parts, drawings, and assemblies. SOLIDWORKS Explorer can be launched from the Tools drop-down inside SOLIDWORKS or from the Windows Start Menu under the SOLIDWORKS Tools folder. The most commonly used features of SOLIDWORKS Explorer are found by navigating to a SOLIDWORKS file within SOLIDWORKS Explorer and clicking the file name to expose the flyout shortcut toolbar. On this […]

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