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

SOLIDWORKS: Defeature Tool

Have you heard of the Defeature Tool? Many users have not. Read on for all you need to know about this tool and why you would use it. The Defeature Tool allows users to remove details form a part or assembly and save the results to a new file that is a dumb solid. What’s a dumb solid you ask? It’s a solid body without any feature definition or history. This less-detailed model is saved to a separate file and maintains references to the original part or assembly. Why is this type of file beneficial? You can share the model with customers, suppliers, upload to 3D Content Central. You can

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

SOLIDWORKS: Time to Get Into the Zone, the SOLIDWORKS Revision Zone

SOLIDWORKS Revision Zone   Occasionally we get calls about revision zones not matching up with the drawing.     This is an issue that can occur when using legacy sheet formats. As you can see, revision A and B are both in column 8, but the zone shows column 4. This can be corrected by using SOLIDWORKS’ automatic border to update the zone information.   If you edit the sheet format, you can right click in the sheet and select “Automatic Border“.   You will be prompted to select entities that will be deleted when you click on the green checkmark to accept the Automatic Border command:     Typically

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SOLIDWORKS: Rx 2017 Reliability Tab

Rx 2017 Reliability Tab   Here we are, the spring of 2017 in full swing! I know we briefly looked at this in the what’s new for SOLIDWORKS 2017, but let’s take a little deeper look at one of the best and least talked about features in the 2017 release.   Reliability. Is it all in the eye of the beholder? Although there may be controversy amongst users on this subject, in the past, it mostly all depended on who you asked. Let’s face it, there are many things to consider, hardware, software, service packs, drivers, workflows, and even user errors. One thing we can all agree on is that

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

Computer Aided Technology and 3DVision Technologies Announce Merger

Computer Aided Technology (CATI) is proud to welcome 3DVision Technologies and their clients into the Computer Aided Technology Family. 3DVision clients will still work with their same great local resources for Technical Support and Sales. However, starting today, they will gain access to CATI’s wealth of additional technical resources (now over 90 engineers on staff) as well as expanded training class availability, our CATalyst Training Subscription program, and additional scheduled live and virtual training classes, and events. In addition, we will introduce current 3DVision Technologies clients to additional products and value added services from Computer Aided Technology and InFlow Technology. Read the full Press Release Statement Here.   Together, Computer

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SOLIDWORKS: Review of BOXX APEXX 1 Workstation

BOXX APEXX 1 Workstation Review     Here in Bellevue WA, we needed new training machines. I was excited to learn that we would be getting new BOXX workstations, however I was in for a big surprise; the machines we received were the APEXX 1 1401’s. These tiny workstations pack a big punch measuring 4.7in Wide, 8.6in Tall, and 9.13in Deep! The machines in our Training Lab feature an Intel®™ Core i7-6700K 8M Skylake processor overclocked at 4.4 GHz with Liquid Cooling, an ASRock Intel® Z170 Chipset mainboard, 16gb Dual Channel DDR4 Memory, NVIDIA Quadro K620 2GB GPU, and 2 hard drives – HGST 1.0TB 7200RPM SATA for storage, and

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

CATI Product Development Forum – Register for an Event Near You

Product Development Forum Events   We are just days away from the start of our annual Product Development Forum. This year, we are celebrating our 25th anniversary. To say thank you and show our appreciation to our clients, the agenda is 100% training based. Each event will showcase 5 lecture style training sessions, exhibits form our partners, and the chance to meet one-on-one with one of our technical experts. Visit the Product Development Forum Event Page on CATI.com for complete details and agendas for an event near you.   Dates and Time Locations April 11, 2017 8:30am – 3:00pm Central Time Waukesha, WI Marriott Milwaukee West >>Registration Link April 12,

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Posted in 3D Scanning, Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, Data Management, Design Validation, Digital Prototyping, General Info, Rapid Prototyping

SOLIDWORKS: KC STEM & SOLIDWORKS Alliance

SOLIDWORKS & KC STEM   With all of the news recently on STEM (Science, Technical, Engineering & Math) projects and educational programs, I had the pleasure of presenting the SOLIDWORKS Product Portfolio to Kansas City, Missouri metropolitan school departments last week. This is an annual forum for regional educators and administrators to see new things in industry and to share student projects in this field.     The local chapter is called KC STEM Alliance and has been going strong for many years. I found out about this organization through a co-worker and we had an initial meeting to discuss projects and our involvement. Our first collaboration was to give

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SOLIDWORKS 2017: Converting 2D to 3D

Converting 2D to 3D   This Blog article is going to be a picture heavy walk through of how to do a simple 2D to 3D conversion in SOLIDWORKS. This file is a DWG file, but this method works on DXF files as well.   Contents:   2D to 3D toolbar DXF/DWG Import tool Import options Converting 2D to 3D methodology     2D to 3D toolbar         We start by opening up our DWG/DXF just like we would any other file within SOLIDWORKS.         Once we OPEN the file, the Import tool pops up.     DXF/DWG Import Tool     The picture

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SOLIDWORKS: Harnessing the Oracular Power of Search Shortcuts

Harnessing the Oracular Power of Search Shortcuts     Welcome, friend, to the fabulous world of SOLIDWORKS Customization. Thank you for joining me for this whirlwind adventure on this April Day of Fools. Today, we will get our hands dirty discussing the wonders of Search Shortcuts. Who knows, we may even find ourselves using and setting up our own Search Shortcuts! So, fire up SOLIDWORKS, strap on your safety glasses and let’s go!     A keen individual such as yourself may already be aware of standard Shortcuts in SOLIDWORKS. A Shortcut (aka “Hotkey”, to you dinosaurs out there) is a single keystroke or modified single keystroke that is used to

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SOLIDWORKS: Adding to Existing Selection Sets in SOLIDWORKS

Adding to Existing Selection Sets in SOLIDWORKS   Ever wondered how to add additional selections to existing selection sets? It is quite easy.   Below I have a selection set but I accidently selected only 2 of 3 faces I wanted to put in the selection set.     To add this face to the existing selection set you need to hold Ctrl–>click the desired selection set–>click the items to add–>right click–>update selection set. (Important: It is vital to hold Ctrl through this entire process or Update Selection set will not show up).     Thanks for taking the time to read and I hope this blog helped you understand how to add

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