The Best Solution for Complex Reverse Engineering

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                    Perhaps you have a project where you need to reverse engineer many complex parts and must bring the data over to your native CAD software. What are the best hardware and software solutions to get the job done as quickly and accurately as possible? The problem is 2-fold. First, we must capture our parts’ 3D data quickly and accurately so that we can trust the data in our downstream reverse […]

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How To Extract Custom Material Properties in SOLIDWORKS

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Have you received a Solidworks Part File where someone has applied custom materials that you don’t possess? Would you like to share the custom material that you’ve created? There is a way to extract custom material properties from files sent to you, in just a few steps, without having to recreate it in your own materials library. Step 1. Activate your Simulation Add-in. After you activate your Add-in then you will see the Simulation tab added to the Command Manager. Step […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Shining Some Light on Silhouette Entities

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Silhouette Entities is a powerful new sketch tool that was added in SOLIDWORKS 2020 and has not yet received the full credit it deserves. I expect plenty of seasoned designers might not be aware of it. Hopefully, this post will help change that and develop up some appreciation for Silhouette Entities. We will explore this command by comparing it to some other sketch tools we have more familiarity with. Silhouette Entities creates sketch geometry by projecting the outline of bodies […]

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SOLIDWORKS, where is my Help menu and Quick Access tools?

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With the arrival of SOLIDWORKS 2020 SP3, we have seen an increase of installations and questions come into Tech Support. Users are noticing a few subtle differences in the SOLIDWORKS user interface but DON’T WORRY, this is not like Icon color-gate from SW 2016! These changes are much easier to overlook. Vanishing Help Menu Let us start with the following screen of SOLIDWORKS 2020 SP3. Notice anything missing? The traditional Help menu is removed from the Menu Bar in service pack […]

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SOLIDWORKS User Group Network

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SOLIDWORKS User Group Network: Virtual Meetings With all that is changing in our world like social distancing and most employees working from home or remote locations, SOLIDWORKS Community User Advocacy Group is hosting several virtual meetings for customers. These range from topics on certification tips to advanced topics on Simulation and Flow analysis. Some of the sessions repeat so you can hopefully attend the virtual sessions that fits your schedule. The next event is on April 7th and they’ll run […]

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Introducing innovate3D

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  We’re sure many of you were excited to attend AMUG, Rapid, and various other industry trade shows this spring, and so were we. That is why starting on March 31st we’re presenting a web series called innovate3D: bring your ideas to life. We will be making all of our trade show presentations and demos, as well as some of our more popular 3DEXPERIENCE World presentations, available to you for free through this virtual series. You won’t even have to […]

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Technical Support – Online Case Management

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CATI Technical Support has always offered an online Customer Portal, but it hasn’t seen many updates or improvements in several years. With our recent merger, we’ve decided to do a full upgrade to the Customer Portal interface! With a new, clean UI, managing your Technical Support cases (or starting a new one) will be easier than ever! To start using the Customer Portal, an account needs to be created. This can be done by emailing Support@cati.com to let us know […]

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Guide to Using SOLIDWORKS From Home (or anywhere for that matter)

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If you find yourself in a situation where you need to work remotely, you may have questions on how to access your work license of SOLIDWORKS from home. Depending on how your company’s SOLIDWORKS assets are licensed, Machine Activation (Standalone) or SolidNetWork License (SNL), the answer to that question is different. Our goal is to bring the options into one location so you can choose one that works most effectively for your situation. A note about SOLIDWORKS installations This post […]

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What’s (hopefully) New in SOLIDWORKS 2021 & Top 10 Enhancements Voting Results

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Anyone who has attended SOLIDWORKS World in the past knows that one of the most exciting times for a SOLIDWORKS user is when they preview what will be coming in the next release of the software as well as announcing the results of the Top 10 Enhancements voting. This year at 3DExperience World 2020 in Nashville, TN they shared what’s new in 2021 a little differently. Rather than a main stage presentation, they did it in small “pop ups” where they […]

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Safe Modes and SOLIDWORKS Rx

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Many of us have gone through instances where SOLIDWORKS crashes, lags, or becomes unstable during certain operations. Thankfully, there is always a reason for the issue. To solve it quickly, technical support will need to be pointed in the right direction for troubleshooting. As the user, there is a very helpful and essential tool for this purpose. That tool is SOLIDWORKS Rx. It can be launched by clicking Start Menu > All Programs > SOLIDWORKS 20xx > SOLIDWORKS Tools > […]

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