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SOLIDWORKS: Critical Hotfix for DraftSight 2017

Critical Hotfix for DraftSight 2017   There have been many reports from the DraftSight community of the application not launching, or receiving messages about the service that will terminate on March 1, 2017.   Unfortunately, that was due to an expired Windows certificate. This affects all Windows* 32 & 64-bit versions of DraftSight released from 2012 to 2017.   However, Dessault Systems has made available a critical hotfix to resolve this issue before that date.   To avoid usage interruption, please make sure to immediately download and install this critical hotfix, which can be found on the main product download page.   PLEASE NOTE: Mac and Linux versions of DraftSight

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

SOLIDWORKS: Spline Tangency – Who’s Driving?!

Spline Tangency – Who’s Driving?!   Have you needed to modify a spline in SOLIDWORKS and found that even after relaxing the spline and resetting all handles that some handles are still constrained to something? Today I want to talk about an option in splines called “tangent driving” and how this option could help or hurt you depending on the way you need to control your spline.   First, lets recap splines. There are 4 simple rules you should always live by:   Keep it SIMPLE! Too many points will make manipulating the spline difficult to keep smooth. Use Curvature Combs tool to see how smooth the spline is. Use

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SOLIDWORKS: Composer 2017 – Moving Actors Precisely

SOLIDWORKS Composer 2017 – Moving Actors Precisely   Recently I presented a SOLIDWORKS Composer Hands-On session at SOLIDWORKS World 2017 in Los Angeles, California. One of the common questions from this session was, “How do I move actors to an exact distance away from their current position?”   Well the task is actually very easy but not the most intuitive to start. So here is an example on how to do this task. We start with an imported assembly:     Next we select the 4 hex bolt actors that we want to translate to another position and Right Mouse Click to select the Translate command from the pop up

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Posted in Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, General Info, Technical Publishing

SOLIDWORKS: How Does SOLIDWORKS Save Files?

How Does SOLIDWORKS Save Files?   Have you ever wondered how SOLIDWORKS saves files?   Understanding how SOLIDWORKS files relate to one another is key to file management. The SOLIDWORKS file structure is a single point database. This structure means that each piece of information is stored in only one file. If any other file needs a piece of information, it must reference the file where the information is stored rather than copy the information into itself. In SOLIDWORKS, every time a file is used in a subsequent file, it creates a “File Reference”. File References are the links to where the file information is stored.   The huge advantage

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

SOLIDWORKS: Belt/Chain Assembly Feature

Belt/Chain Assembly Feature   Belt/Chain Assembly Feature simulates a belt, chain, pulley or sprocket. It has the ability to include more than two components. This feature adds appropriate mates and relations to give you that desired rotational results. It will also create a sketch containing arcs and lines describing the path of the belt.   SOLIDWORKS will calculate the length of the belt depending on the positions of the pulleys, chain or sprocket.   The other cool part about this feature is, you have the option to automatically create a new part containing the belt sketch.   To create the Belt/Chain Assembly Feature follow these steps:   Click Assembly tab,

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

SOLIDWORKS: Inspection – Creating Custom OCR Dictionary

SOLIDWORKS Inspection – Creating Custom OCR Dictionary     SOLIDWORKS Inspection is a very powerful tool used to speed up the inspection process. SOLIDWORKS Inspection exists in two different versions. There is a standalone version and a version that functions as an add-in inside SOLIDWORKS. The standalone version of SOLIDWORKS Inspection can open drawings in either PDF or TIFF file formats. Using SOLIDWORKS Inspection, you can balloon characteristics such as notes and dimensions. The program attempts to recognize the text with Optical Character Recognition (OCR).   The OCR functionality works great, for the most part. Unfortunately, you may run into scenarios where the text is not correctly identified. This may

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Posted in General Info, Modeling, SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks, SOLIDWORKS What's New

SOLIDWORKS: Display States in Your SOLIDWORKS Drawings

Display States in Your SOLIDWORKS Drawings   This topic comes up from time to time on tech support where a customer would like to show a drawing view with some components shaded and some in hidden lines. A good way to accomplish this is to use Display States. Display States are created added through the Configuration Manager tab, by right clicking, and choosing Add Display State.     Upon creation, this new Display State is active and any visual change or added appearance is automatically saved. In this example, let’s make the canopy wireframe so we can see the internals of the frame. Expand the Display Pane by clicking the

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

SOLIDWORKS: Replace Components Options

Replace Components Options   Welcome to the new year, SOLIDWORKS users. I always like to say, new year, new me. And this new me is curious as to what the heck the options for Replace Components do.   I know what Replace Component does; it’s a good way to update a component in an assembly that has gone through a revision or change. But what in tarnation does matching the name or manually selecting a configuration mean?     Well, the new, more knowledgeable me found out:   -If you choose the “match name” option, SOLIDWORKS will try to match the configuration name of the old component with a configuration

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CATI Sponsors Additive Manufacturing User Group (AMUG)

CATI Sponsors Additive Manufacturing User Group (AMUG)   For the second straight year CATI is a Platinum sponsor at the Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG). Twenty eight years ago, this organization was formed as the SLA users group. That first conference was formed by owners and users of SLA equipment and as a way to help each other in this growing industry. Thus, the AMUG catch phrase “For Users, By Users”.   AMUG is an all-encompassing technology users group dedicated to the advancement of additive manufacturing technology. The AMUG Conference brings together engineers, designers, managers, and educators from around the world to share expertise, best practices, challenges, and application developments

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

SOLIDWORKS: Tips for Faster Dimensioning

Tips for Faster Dimensioning in SOLIDWORKS   In the CAD world, there are few things that might be more important than correct dimensions. And like all parts in the design process, the quicker the better. SOLIDWORKS has designed a variety of methods that allow for quick and efficient dimensioning.   Let’s first take a look at all of the dimensioning options. They are found on the far left of the Sketch tab on the CommandManager.     For me personally, I by far use the “Smart Dimension” command the most. This will do all of the different dimension types except for ordinate style dimensions. There are also a variety of

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