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Difference between ambient temperature and bulk temperature in SOLIDWORKS Simulation

When creating a transient Thermal study in SOLIDWORKS, you are asked to input two temp settings. One of which is in the Temperature feature, labeled as Initial Temperature. This setting is for the air around model. The other setting exists in the Convection feature. You are asked to input in a Bulk Ambient Temperature. This setting sets the initial temp of the model. Ketul

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Thread Profiles in SOLIDWORKS

Sometimes when you upgrade or install the latest version of SOLIDWORKS, you lose or can’t find your custom features. In this case, I have created some custom threads that I used in 2016. When I installed 2017 everything installed fine. I went use the thread feature and noticed that the custom threads that I had created were missing. I am looking for a thread profile named Feed Screw Profile. Notice in the above picture that Feed Screw Profile is not available. What happened to it? I spent a fair amount of time putting it together and now its missing. Where did it go? This is a fairly common occurrence when

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SOLIDWORKS: Drawing Dimension Colors

Drawing Dimension Colors   Happy New Year everyone! The first blog of 2017 and I’m starting with a customer support call regarding dimension colors on drawing.   One of our customers called wondering why the same drawing would open on different machines with a color change for dimensions. This was something I had to look up myself.   The first reason a dimension might appear 1 color on one machines and a different color on another is because of the Color Display Mode being turned off in the Line Format toolbar.   Let’s explore a little…   Here is the Line Format toolbar:     Here is my model with the

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3D Printing: What to Print with Your New Makerbot

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What to Print with Your New Makerbot   Let’s say you’re one of the lucky people who got a new MakerBot Replicator Plus 3D Printer for Christmas. Now what do you do with it? You have seen all the amazing things people have been creating with them and you’re wondering where to start. You probably know a bit about how to try and make your own STL models from scratch using a CAD program, but if you’re not lucky enough to have a license of SOLIDWORKS on hand to play with, it can take some time to model up the parts you will want to print. Lucky for you, there

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Posted in Digital Prototyping, General Info, Rapid Prototyping, SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks

SOLIDWORKS: Perils of SOLIDWORKS Extruded Text

Perils of SOLIDWORKS Extruded Text   At times a file has a need of text. There are many ways of adding text to parts and a few things to consider. I created a simple Bingo card:     I created this file in a couple of different ways:   First, I extruded a base sheet (.006 thick), created a grid and cut extruded the squares (.001 deep). I then extrude cut the letters across the top and then extruded the numbers in the squares.   Second, I used the sketches for split lines to split the faces instead of creating extruded cuts.   Third, I had an extrude that I

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Upcoming CATI Training Classes for January 2017 – Featuring SOLIDWORKS Administrator

Upcoming CATI Training Classes for January 2017   A common tradition at the start of a new year is to make a promise to do an act of self-improvement. There is no better way to improve your knowledge of SOLIDWORKS than by taking a training class. Computer Aided Technology (CATI) offers over 50 training classes in January 2017. CATI is certified by SOLIDWORKS, Stratasys, and our other partners. In addition to the complete catalog of course offerings from these partners, CATI has developed unique classes to meet the needs of our customers. In total, there are over 50 different training classes to choose from, including classes in Design, Simulation, Data

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

CATI and MCAD SOLIDWORKS Blog 2016 Year in Review

CATI and MCAD SOLIDWORKS Blog 2016 Year in Review   To all the readers of the CATI Blog, I wanted start off by saying THANK YOU to all of you for making 2016 our best year to date with the CATI and MCAD blog. To close out the year, I thought I would give everyone a brief recap of what we did with the blog this past year.   The CATI and MCAD Teams joined forces back in April of 2016 and the addition of the new team members brought our total number of blog contributors to 32 for SOLIDWORKS and its related products and 9 total team members for

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SOLIDWORKS: DraftSight 2017 What’s New – #SW2017

DraftSight 2017 What’s New   All of the enhancements for DraftSight 2017 are driven by user feedback. These improvements were made for the purpose of reducing your design time and streamlining your processes.   Dialog boxes   All dialog boxes in DraftSight 2017 have been redesigned with better grouping, larger title text, and a more clear and consistent layout.     In addition, you can quickly see if the geometry will fit in the printable area as the print dialog box provides a true preview based on print settings.   Auto-hide Palettes   Now you can reduce the clutter on your workspace by setting your palettes to auto-hide. Reduce it

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SOLIDWORKS World 2017: Admin Image Basics Presentation #SWW17

SOLIDWORKS World 2017   Are you tired of the snow already? Then we have a solution for you! Escape the cold and join us at SOLIDWORKS World 2017 in Los Angeles, CA. Current weather projections are 70 degrees and sunny!   Presentation Preview >> Register NOW >>     SOLIDWORKS WORLD runs February 5th to February 8th. There is still time to join the fun and learn an incredible amount of information about SOLIDWORKS! 3 solid days of workshops covering all aspects of the product. Purchase your ticket here.   For those of you that are attending SOLIDWORKS World, check out some of the 10 presentations by the CATI, MCAD

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SOLIDWORKS: How to Customize SOLIDWORKS

How to Customize SOLIDWORKS   This blog article will discuss and show:   Where to find all the customization tabs Where to set keyboard shortcuts Give a few customizing tips How to customize your command manager/toolbar   Let’s begin!   Where to Find all the Customization Tab   *Please note that you need to have a SOLIDWORKS document open for all methods.   There are four different ways to get to your customization tabs:   Go to Tools > Customize Right click on either the command managers empty space or at the bottom of your open part/assemble/drawing, this will bring up a menu where you will see the Customize option.

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