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

SOLIDWORKS: Rectangles with Construction Lines

Rectangles with Construction Lines   Hello fellow geometry enthusiasts, I’m here, once again, to blow your minds.   I have drawn hundreds of rectangles in SOLIDWORKS, heck maybe even thousands, and never have I noticed the option to “Add Construction Lines.”     This little option can create construction lines from the midpoints or from the corners for any rectangle type.   I’m talking corner.   I’m talking center.   I’m talking parallelogram.   I’m talking three point center.   I’m talking three point corner.   All of these bad boys can have construction lines.   All this time I thought it was only a center rectangle thing, but now

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SOLIDWORKS: MBD 3D PDF – Enable 3D Content by Default in Adobe Reader

Enable 3D Content by Default in Adobe Reader   If you’ve either created or received a 3D PDF, you’ve probably seen this message across the top of your Adobe Reader:     3D Content in Adobe Reader is disabled by default, and if you select Options, you can ‘Trust this document one time only’ or ‘Trust this document always’.   If you select ‘Trust this document always’, the next time you open this specific 3D PDF the message will be gone, but if you open a different 3D PDF the message will display again; So, I’ll show you how to enable 3D content by default.   In the Adobe Reader

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

SOLIDWORKS: How to Create a Jog in a SOLIDWORKS Weld Symbol

How to Create a Jog in a SOLIDWORKS Weld Symbol   Drawings can often get cluttered and very busy. This can particularly happen when you have a large weldment drawing. Sometimes, you just want to complete the simplest task, but just can’t figure out how to accomplish it. We recently had a customer who had a very large drawing with several dimensions, balloons, and symbols. The customer just needed to adjust some of his weld symbols to fit them on his drawing but could not figure out how to create a jog in the symbol.   The SOLIDWORKS weld symbol feature has several options inside this command. You can create a

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SOLIDWORKS: Certified and Tested Video Cards

Certified and Tested Video Cards   SOLIDWORKS, for as long as I can remember, has always given us the ability to find video card drivers and information on video cards that were certified to run with SOLIDWORKS. As computers have continued to develop over the years, the question has always been, “What about this machine or what about these type of video cards?” So, with this increased demand from the SOLIDWORKS Community, they have responded by now adding in a new Driver Status called Tested.     What does this new Tested status have in it for us? As of right now, the first machine to fall into this category

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

SOLIDWORKS: Blended Curvature Based Mesh in SOLIDWORKS Simulation

Blended Curvature Based Mesh in SOLIDWORKS Simulation   Meshing a part appropriately might be tenuous at times, but it is certainly a lot easier in SOLIDWORKS than just about any other software. We don’t want to set the expectation that meshing is a problem for SOLIDWORKS. Getting a good aspect ratio around the smaller geometry can drive you and your computer a bit crazy, especially if you don’t know the smallest size of your geometry. SOLIDWORKS introduced the blended curvature based mesh in SOLIDWORKS 2016. Let’s take a look at the user interface:     It looks very similar to the curvature based mesh, including the options of max/min element size,

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Posted in Design Validation, General Info, Simulation

SOLIDWORKS: Defeature Tool

Defeature Tool   Have you heard of the Defeature Tool in SOLIDWORKS? 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, and upload

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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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Posted in General Info

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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