Customizing your Custom Properties list

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Commonly with my blog posts, the idea begins in Technical Support. Last week I was talking with a user about the Custom Property Tab builder. Specifically, what controls the list of available properties? I’m not going into the details of the Custom Property Tab builder in this post. If you’re interested in learning more, look at this CATI blog post by Dennis Barnes: SOLIDWORKS Property Tab Builder. He’ll walk you through the steps of creating your own Custom Property Tabs […]

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43 Reasons to Attend 3DEXPERIENCE World 2020

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3DEXPERIENCE World is just a few weeks away and if you are looking for a reason to justify to your company why you should attend 3DEXPERIENCE World this year, the team at Computer Aided Technology and InFlow are giving you 43 quality reasons to attend. The Technical Teams from CATI and InFlow have 43 different presentations this year. If you are not familiar with 3DEXPERIENCE World, formerly SOLIDWORKS World it is SOLIDWORKS’ annual 3 day conference that you can join […]

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SOLIDWORKS Upgrade Time!

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With the new year approaching, this is a great time to upgrade your SOLIDWORKS software to the newest release. Here are a few tips to make sure you don’t end up with some important files being thrown out with the wrapping paper. If Santa left you a shiny new computer, this information can also be helpful for getting it setup to match your old one. Browse installation location folders Sift through your SOLIDWORKS installation folder. This directory will be removed […]

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SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation: A Tesla Cybertruck Case Study

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When Tesla launched their Cybertruck pickup model in November, I was intrigued by its unique shape. Given the very angular, wedge-like styling, the first thought that came to mind was that I could have designed the exterior shape in SOLIDWORKS in 5 minutes with a few extrudes, cuts and draft features. I have no doubt that I could have saved Tesla millions of dollars spent on their exterior stylists and designers! I also pondered whether this shape performed well aerodynamically […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Becoming a Sketch Expert with SketchXpert

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Imagine: You are putting the finishing touches on a complex sketch, proud of your work. All that is left is one relation to give you the profile you need. Then, red and yellow fill the screen. Something has gone horrifically wrong; the sketch is over defined and unsolvable. There are dozens of relations and dimensions in this sketch—where do you start? Rather than trying to sort through the potential points of conflict on your own, let SketchXpert do it for […]

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How to do a cable “fan out” in SOLIDWORKS Electrical Routing

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Recently when teaching the SOLIDWORKS Routing: Electrical training class I was asked if it was possible to model a “Cable Fan Out” like this… Although this is not exactly shown in the training material it uses the same technique as a SPLICE (that IS taught in the class), just without the actual “splice” part being used. The part file you are “fanning out” to needs to have CPoints (so you can route to them) defined, like shown here: This can […]

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Rename, Replace and Move SOLIDWORKS files with SOLIDWORKS File Utilities

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Courtesy of ‘Captain Obvious’: to rename or move a file on a Windows PC, Microsoft provides a great little program called File Explorer (formerly known as Windows explorer) to accomplish these common tasks. Simply right-click on a file and choose ‘Rename’ and then type in the new name or to move, choose ‘Cut’ and then another right-click to ‘Paste’. This is fine for non-SOLIDWORKS files, but remember that SOLIDWORKS files can have references. Drawing files reference Part or Assembly files and […]

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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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