Creating a SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal Account the Correct Way

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Follow along to learn how to create a customer portal account the CORRECT way: Step 1: Go to solidworks.com and click on the person icon in the top right corner of the screen. Step 2: Click on SW Customer Portal from the drop down that expands. Step 3: Click “Create a SOLIDWORKS ID” Step 4: Input your email address, and then your serial number. If you do not know your serial number, it can be found inside of SOLIDWORKS if […]

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SOLIDWORKS Deform Tool: Creating an Over-mold

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Today I’d like to show you how to use the SOLIDWORKS Deform Tool to create and over-mold on an existing tool handle. We’ll start with the Ratchet Handle that was created in Lesson 4 of SOLIDWORKS Essentials: Parts and Assemblies. Let’s start by creating a basic ellipsoid shape that encompasses the handle. Only half of the solid is created, so that symmetry can be applied later. Now a sketch is created to be used to modify the solid. In this […]

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SOLIDWORKS Home Use License (HUL) FAQ

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Do you own a Network license of SOLIDWORKS? Is your license actively on subscription? Do you use SOLIDWORKS at home? If you answered “yes” to all three of these questions, you should probably be using a HUL! A HUL, or Home Use License, is a type of SOLIDWORKS license that enables you to use SOLIDWORKS on a machine that is not typically connected to your office network. This blog post is your guide for any and all questions HUL-related. If […]

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18 Reasons to Attend SOLIDWORKS World 2019 #SWW19

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With SOLIDWORKS World just a few weeks away and if you are looking for a reason to justify to your company why you should attend SOLIDWORKS World this year, the team at Computer Aided Technology and InFlow are giving you 18 quality reasons to attend. The Technical Teams from CATI and InFlow have 18 different presentations this year. If you are not familiar with SOLIDWORKS World it is SOLIDWORKS annual 3-day conference that you can join more than 5,000 of […]

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SOLIDWORKS Free Tools: Customizing Your Graphics Area Context Toolbar

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SOLIDWORKS free tools can be commonly overlooked by users. I consider customizing your SOLIDWORKS environment to be one of these free tools. Over the years, SOLIDWORKS continues to create different means for minimizing mouse movements.  From introducing the ‘S’ key for Keyboard Shortcuts or the ‘D’ key for Breadcrumbs or the Right Mouse Button (RMB) click for shortcut menus, just to mention a few. We are going to talk about one of the classics today. SOLIDWORKS 2015 introduced us to […]

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SOLIDWORKS – Part and Sketch Origins: Do you know the difference?

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7 years ago, in 2011, Ketul, one of our Application Engineers, did a blog on the fact that there are two SOLIDWORKS origins: 1 red and 1 blue. Have you noticed? Here is the original link if you’d like to read it. https://www.cati.com/blog/2011/03/why-is-there-two-origins-in-a-sketch-one-red-one-blue/ Now that we’ve established that there are truly 2 origins, have you ever tried to select an origin and it would not select it? Happened to me recently. Here’s the plain truth…. Red Origins (located on a […]

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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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