Customizing SOLIDWORKS Flyout Toolbars

CATI's monthly contribution to the SOLIDWORKS Blog was posted last week. This month I chose to write about how to customize the SOLIDWORKS Flyout Toolbars. The article is based  upon a problem I ran into when watching a video on some of the new SOLIDWORKS 2013 features and details the steps it takes to add, remove or reorder the buttons in your Flyout Toolbars. To view the article use the link below. http://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/2012/10/customizing-solidworks-flyout-toolbars.html Before Customizing                                   After Customizing  Josh Altergott CATI Support Manager

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How to Open SOLIDWORKS 2013 Files in SOLIDWORKS 2012 SP5

Throughout the years, almost all of our customers have asked at one time or another, "Can I open files from the newest version of SolidWorks into a previous version?" The answer has always been, "No. The latest version of SOLIDWORKS uses newer technology that is not compatible with the older technology of previous versions of SolidWorks." As a result, customers have had to be careful when they upgrade to make sure that they stay compatible with their customers, suppliers, and […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2013 SP0.0 is Now Available for Download

While working in the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal today the CATI Support Techs noticed that as of 10/9/2012 SOLIDWORKS 2013 SP0.0 is available for download. If you have an active Subscription Service for SOLIDWORKS all you need to do is Login to the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal and proceed to the Downloads page and set the Version to 2013. Enjoy working with 2013 and you can get more information on SOLIDWORKS 2013 from CATI's website. Josh Altergott CATI Support Manager

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Modeling beyond the limitations

  Let’s take a look at moving around a modeling roadblock. We have all had a feature for whatever reason doesn’t work even though there seems to be no reason why not. Some times SOLIDWORKS models may have issues that seem to be trivial, in this example there is an overlapping cut sweep that won’t calculate. This message from SW was not helpful in any means:   The underlying issue here is that at some point the profiles overlap at […]

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How to Configure Your SOLIDWORKS Workstation from BOXX

Adrian Fanjoy and myself were recently asked to team up with our friends at BOXX to help them out with an article they were working on about what hardware to consider when looking for a workstation  for SolidWorks. The article starts by asking you three questions about your workflow. How big are my assemblies? How complex are my parts ­les? How many geometric surfaces do I have? Based upon your responses to those questions, you can begin to formulate a […]

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Increasing Performance in SOLIDWORKS Patterns

CATI's monthly contribution to the SOLIDWORKS Blog was posted earlier this week. This month I chose to write about how to increase performance in SOLIDWORKS patterns. The article is based upon a support call and details the different options that you can use when creating patterns and the overall effect on rebuild time or your file. In our sample part we were able to cut our rebuild time from 108 seconds to 12 seconds. To view the article use the […]

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How to Unlock the Padlocks in the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal

We still get asked questions from time to time about the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal. A common question that SOLIDWORKS users have is about the locked padlock icons. The SOLIDWORKS user enters their user name and password and they are able to login to their SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal account. So, they are expecting to have full access to the features of the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal. Once they are logged in, however, they see the locked padlock icons and the message, "Active subscription […]

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Updating to SOLIDWORKS 2012 toolbox… another look.

After some time has gone by and we have a few more service packs to be proud of, I felt we needed one more look. I created this and shared it with my fellow techs during our technical summit this week. Enjoy the Prezi version.:)  Note: To view the Prezi full screen once you hit play there is a More menu and you can select Full Screen from that menu. Toolbox Updates on Prezi John Van EngenCATI Tech Support  

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Maximizing SOLIDWORKS Performance (MSWP-12-#15)

Optimal Configuration & Conclusion In looking back at the past 14 articles we have posted about Maximizing SOLIDWORKS Performance one of the items we promised in our first article was to give you the two optimal configurations that gave us the best overall performance. Before we get to the results lets recap what we tested in our previous articles: Windows Visual and User Settings SOLIDWORKS Options Set to Optimal Graphics Cards Turn Off SOLIDWORKS Add-Ins Processor Clock Speed Reducing Top […]

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