SOLIDWORKS Defeature How to Increase the Performance of Imported Parts

CATI's monthly contribution to the SOLIDWORKS Blog was posted yesterday. This month I chose to write about the SOLIDWORKS Defeature tool and how it can be used to clean up and increase the performance of customer and downloaded files. To view the article use the link below. http://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/YYYY/MM/solidworks-defeature-how-to-increase-the-performance-of-imported-parts.html Included in the article step by step instructions on how to use Defeature and the overall benefits displayed on a motor assembly that was downloaded from 3D Content Central. Before Defeature: After […]

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How do you insert symbols into a SOLIDWORKS sketch?

For those of you that need to put symbols into a sketch text its easy to do.  Since there isn’t a symbols button while in the sketch text property manager, you have to open up MS Word and copy the symbols from there into the text box of the sketch text property manager.  Then you can perform any SOLIDWORKS function you wish. Ketul PatelComputer Aided Technology, inc.   

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Instant3D for SOLIDWORKS Assembly

Instant3D for SOLIDWORKS Assembly Instant3D was first introduced to SOLIDWORKS users in 2008.  This allowed you to dynamically change dimensions from sketch based dimensions to feature based dimensions by simply selecting a face of a certain feature in the model.  Originally this was introduced to the part modeling section of the software, but later added to the assembly environment as well.  As you will see from my example, not only can you dynamically change dimensions of parts, but you can […]

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Old SOLIDWORKS Dog Gets A New Trick

Experienced Users: Missed Item #1 in 2012 What's New Experienced users tend to dive into a new version (like 2012) and not take any time to review what's new. Taking time to go to a What's New Event / Roll-out might seem like a lot of time to loose. Reading the What's New Document(PDF/HTML) from the Help Menu in SOLIDWORKS seems like work (that the boss isn't interested in) and thus people miss out on some really nice enhancements. Sometimes […]

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Parts disappear when rotating

I think we have a case of mistaken identity.   I have seen several issues where a customer has a part that disappears when they rotate.   When this happens, the first thing you think of is the graphics card and or driver.  Usually this is the culprit when parts disappear or become choppy.  This has the look and feel of a graphics issue but in reality it is something much simpler.  After several minutes of beating your head against the desk, […]

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How to create a custom section view in SolidWorks

The usual section view options do a great job cutting away portions of parts and assemblies.  However they do lack functionality when it comes to cutting away just some of the geometry.  For instance we could not achieve the cut away view with a standard section view.   To create this type of section view one must use Extrude Cut.  First create a separate configuration and call it whatever you want.  Then create a rectangle on a plane that intersects or […]

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SOLIDWORKS fully defined sketches

Using fully defined sketches Have you ever tried to extrude or revolve a sketch but SOLIDWORKS will not let you?  You have probably seen this message pop up.  There are a couple of ways you can fix this issue.  First, you can always add all of the dimensions and relations to make this sketch fully defined.  The problem with this is the next time you create a sketch, you will get the same error message.  The best way to handle […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2013 Beta is Coming Soon

Today there was an email sent out to the SOLIDWORKS Community announcing that SolidWorks2013 Beta is coming soon (see below for copy) and we wanted to spread the word and also tell you about some of the highlights of the SOLIDWORKS Beta Program. 1. Influence: Reporting bugs & migration issues specific to your environment, data & workflows will help improve your release transition. 2.  On-Premise Testing: The SOLIDWORKS Beta Team is opening their different office worldwide and you can attend […]

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SOLIDWORKS Configuration Publisher: Taking File Configuration to the Next Level

CATI's monthly contribution to the SOLIDWORKS Blog was posted yesterday. This month I chose to write about the overall how to for the Configuration Publisher. To view the article use the link below. http://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/2012/05/solidworks-configuration-publisher-taking-file-configuration-to-the-next-level.html Included in the article are all of the example files as well as a copy of the presentation that I did with a former CATI colleague Joe Rowesy at SOLIDWORKS World on Configurations, Design Tables and Configuration Publisher. Thanks for viewing Josh Altergott CATI Support Manager

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What to do when your SNL manager doesn’t keep your server name?

More than a few times I have encountered this problem. Say you have had a stroke of luck and you finally get the server upgrade you have been waiting for. Transferring the activation from the old server to the new server goes great except the end users can't get a license. Now what? On the end user machine you have gone in and switched the server name to the new host but for some reason… it won't stay. The user has […]

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