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SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks and Info on Professional 3D Printing with Stratasys from the Technical staff of CATI

SOLIDWORKS: How Do I Take SOLIDWORKS Training Classes Online?

How Do I Take SOLIDWORKS Training Classes Online?   While chatting with a customer recently, he wanted to know if he could take SOLIDWORKS Essentials online. This wasn’t a hard question to answer, but it got me thinking. SOLIDWORKS Essentials is not called beginners. It is called Essentials. The definition of essential is a thing that is absolutely necessary. Now, I have never been in sales and I am not in sales now, but being in Tech Support for years, I feel stronger than ever that SOLIDWORKS Training is absolutely necessary.     Not Just For Beginners   All SOLIDWORKS training should start with the essentials. SOLIDWORKS Essentials is the foundation

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Posted in Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, Modeling, SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks

SOLIDWORKS: Why Can’t I Rotate My Sketch?

Why Can’t I Rotate My Sketch in SOLIDWORKS?   I have run into this many times. Customers call in because when trying to rotate a sketch in SOLIDWORKS, nothing happens…no error; it just does not rotate at all. The issue goes back to sketch settings. By default, Automatic Relations are turned on under sketch settings.     With this setting on, which most people prefer, it will do just what it says – create relations.   You can see all the relations in this sketch by just creating some lines.     So now trying to rotate the sketch, it will keep those relations. It will not try to recalculate

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Posted in CAD Administration, Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks

SOLIDWORKS and the Windows 10 Creator Update (1703)

Windows 10 Creator Update (1703)   Boot up for the day and OH NO! Windows is updating!!! If all goes well, it’s probably not a big deal. If not…well, let’s just say I had some kind of update error over the last week. I’m not sure if it was the Creator update or not; maybe just a hard drive bad boot sector. Since my machine never finished the reboot loop, I may never know. One thing I did learn was my restore points, Dell recovery, and safe mode couldn’t save me (let’s all say external backup together now!). After a long process of “resetting” Windows 10, I figured it was time for

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Posted in CAD Administration, Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks

SOLIDWORKS: Geometry Analysis

Geometry Analysis   The Geometry Analysis tool is used to check models for potential topology problems with edges and faces. With this tool, you can check for the following categories:   Insignificant Geometry Sharp angles Discontinuous Geometry     Geometry Analysis offers the advantage for checking for more potentially problematic geometry than the Check Entity tool in the core Solidworks, such as tangent discontinuous geometry. You can find the tool on the Tools drop-down menu or on the Command Manager under the Evaluate tab.   The fields beneath each category is where you specify the criteria for SOLIDWORKS to base its calculations from. For example, you can tell SOLIDWORKS to look for

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Posted in Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks

SOLIDWORKS: Modeling Ball Bearings for SOLIDWORKS Assemblies

Modeling Ball Bearings for SOLIDWORKS Assemblies   Why is my assembly so slow in SOLIDWORKS?! Let’s continue on this idea. As I mentioned in my last article about modeling springs for assemblies, there are many things that effect performance in an assembly that are modeling related. Today we are going to take a look at a ball bearing.     There is a time and a place for detail. Having highly detailed parts for piece part manufacturing is perfectly acceptable and necessary. Placing highly detailed parts into large assemblies can cause severe performance issues.   I see bearings placed in many assemblies. They are usually inserted as a single part

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Posted in Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks

SOLIDWORKS: Setup and Troubleshooting Visualize Boost

Setup and Troubleshooting SOLIDWORKS Visualize Boost   Back in November, Jordan wrote about Installing and configuring Visualize Boost; today I want to talk about how to setup boost according to your network, and what to do when boost doesn’t work, or your network doesn’t support some features of Boost. While Boost can be a very powerful time saving addition to rendering with SOLIDWORKS Visualize, it can also be finicky to setup and get working properly. If you have had or are having issues getting Boost setup on your network, you are not alone. I’m here to help you get things working properly, help you understand what each networking mode does,

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Posted in Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks, Technical Publishing

SOLIDWORKS: Inspection Stand Alone Custom Project Template

SOLIDWORKS Inspection Stand Alone Custom Project Template   One of the common questions that we get from SW Inspection customers is how to create or edit an existing project template to add in their own unique custom property values and fields in SOLIDWORKS. Well this is actually pretty easy to do, so let me show you some steps along the way.   First, you open a new project and pick the default.ixpdot template file as this is the original one shipped with the software.     Once this opens, it will ask you to select a PDF or TIFF file to start the process. You just need to open any

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Posted in Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, General Info, SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks

SOLIDWORKS: Flow Simulation Trajectory Plots

Flow Simulation Trajectory Plots   Trajectory plots in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation can be very informative for flow visualization; however, it is sometimes tricky to get what you want when using them with external flow results. I’ve found that for the starting point reference, sketches with patterned lines will generate a nice set of trajectories. Also, using planes that are parallel to the dominant flow direction can be useful. This reference selection choice is counter-intuitive but produces surprisingly good results.   Below is an example showing a tanker truck moving down the highway at 65 MPH in a 25 MPH crosswind. The large blue arrow is the resultant velocity vector for the

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Posted in Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, Simulation, SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks

SOLIDWORKS: Account Activation Exceeded

Account Activation Exceeded   This blog article will discuss:   What this message means Reasons you might be receiving this message when trying to activate a license Steps to avoid getting this error What to do when your hard drive crashes   Let’s begin by defining what the message “Account Activation Exceeded” means.   If this message pops up when you are trying to activate a license in SOLIDWORKS, it is informing you that you are trying to use more activation’s of the license than are currently available.   Reasons you may receive this message:   An old employee still has the license active on their machine. A forgotten machine still

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Posted in CAD Administration, Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, General Info

SOLIDWORKS: Using Construction Lines as Spline Scaffolding in 3D Sketches

Using SOLIDWORKS Construction Lines as Spline Scaffolding in 3D Sketches   Let’s talk about splines.   Not only is spline a fun word to say (try saying it ten times fast), but splines in SOLIDWORKS can be useful for creating curved geometry that cannot be easily described analytically. However, splines can sometimes be difficult to wrangle, especially in 3D sketches.  Start adding relations, and they can become downright terrifying. Not so fun anymore.   But there is a solution! You can use construction lines to set up a framework for the general shape of the spline, and to add relations without turning your splines into a can of worms (see what

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Posted in Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, Redneck Workarounds, SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks

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