SOLIDWORKS: Configuring Smart Components with the Configurator Table

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When creating a Smart Component or editing an existing smart component, there is an option available called “Configurator Table”. The configurator table allows the user to define various configurations of the smart components. The first step to do this is to make sure that your parts are configured. In the below pictures, there is the latch that will be used as the smart component and it has 3 configurations. The second picture is the block that will be used for […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 Installation Guide Part 1 – Individual Installation

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Installing a new product can seem like a daunting task. With each new release of SOLIDWORKS, the process has become simpler and better. At Computer Aided Technology (CATI) Technical Support, we still have many customers that ask the question, “How do I install SOLIDWORKS 2020?” In this blog article, 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 […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation Setup Tips – A Few Favorites

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Everybody loves shortcuts, right? Who doesn’t like to save time and energy? Setup of SOLIDWORKS Simulation studies is no exception, so I’ll show some of my favorite time saving tips in the analysis of my small garden cart. You may notice that most of these tips are really just SOLIDWORKS CAD functions applied to Simulation, which shows just how well Simulation is integrated into the SOLIDWORKS interface! Hide Excluded Bodies: Simulation has its own set of options. Open the Options […]

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Basics of SOLIDWORKS Reference Geometry: Planes

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Reference Geometry includes reference planes, axes, coordinate systems, and points. In this blog, we will discuss the many ways of creating and defining Reference Planes if you need to use planes other than the default Top, Right, and Front Planes. The Reference Geometry command lives on the Features toolbar, but you can also access it from Insert > Reference Geometry. When the Reference Plane PropertyManager comes up, you will notice that there is a lot of freedom for defining references […]

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Using Hole Wizard on a Curved (Cylindrical) Surface

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Sometimes there is the need to insert a hole on a non-planar/curved surface – so how is this accomplished? When positioning a hole with the Hole Wizard feature, you need to select to insert the hole with a 2D Sketch Plane or a 3D Sketch Plane. I’ll go through both the 2D Sketch Plane and 3D Sketch Plane methods. Inserting a Hole Wizard on a Curved Surface using a 2D Sketch 1. Create a reference plane (Insert > Reference Geometry […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Specifying the Thicken Direction

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This new enhancement in SOLIDWORKS 2020 is super straightforward. Thicken (for a surface) and Thicken-Cut features can now be thickened in a direction other than normal to face. All of the following can be used to specify the direction: Sketched Line Pair of vertices Sketched Points Cylindrical Faces Reference Planes Conical Faces Reference Axis Points in Reference Geometry Linear Model Edges Planar Faces I hope this part of the What’s New series gives you a better understanding of the new […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Importing 2D DXF or DWG Files as Reference Sketches

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Sketch Blocks are great for reference sketches. Especially when you’re importing a dxf or dwg file. That file doesn’t have dimensions or design intent and you really don’t want to change them anyway. So, a lot of users use blocks to lock down all those under-defined sketch entities and not worry about accidentally changing them with a quick draw double click on a sketch. But you know how painful it is to make sketch blocks? You have to edit the […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Defining Hole Depths

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Controlling the depth of your holes using the SOLDWORKS hole wizard or advanced holes just got easier in 2020. You now have the ability to control if you want to measure to the shoulder or all the way to the drill tip. Previously we were only able to measure to the shoulder. This new functionality applies to the following end conditions: Blind Up to Vertex Up to Surface Offset from Surface This is a small change, but it gives a […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Component Patterns with Variable Instances

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I am very exited to announce the latest enhancement for SOLIDWORKS 2020 Assembly Patterns. With this new release SOLIDWORKS has improved the functionality of the Circular Component Pattern tool to include the ability to modify individual instance within the circular pattern. This has been a feature for linear and circular patterns in parts since SOLIDWORKS 2015 but having this available at the assembly level really improves the flexibility of the circular component pattern. Let me show you how it works: […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Searching for Materials

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Another great enhancement in SOLIDWORKS 2020 is Searching for Materials. Sometimes, not much explanation is needed, you just need to know that it exists. Such is the case here. This awesome enhancement can save you a lot of time when trying to find the material you want from the database. All you need to do is edit material just like you normally would, by right clicking Material and clicking Edit Material. From there, you will now see a Material dialog […]

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