CATI’s Facebook Page

For those of you who are into Facebook, and those thinking about jumping on the bandwagon, CATI has established a FaceBook page with the very original name of Computer Aided Technology, Inc. That's what happens when a ME from Purdue is in charge of marketing, you get accuracy, but not a lot of flash. The page contains information and discussion for CATI's customers and others who are interested in SOLIDWORKS, Product Development and Design. I have been a dabbler with Facebook […]

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3D Printing takes another step forward

I was told this morning that CATI is now partnered with Objet to sell their new Alaris30 Desktop 3D  Printer.  I started doing my research and this stuff is outstanding!! This small desktop sized printer is capable of delivering very high resolution parts at high speed to get detailed parts quickly that can be used effectively for testing form and function. The most exciting aspect of this, for me at least, is the ability to  generate that very fine detail […]

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The Dreaded Failed to Save Document Error

I know that everyone has seen the dreaded failed to save document error and it usually comes at the worst time, like doing 4 hours of work without saving and the boss telling you that he needs the project finished before you can go home for the day. Generally, these errors are due to some kind of minor corruption with the assembly that you are working on, or one of the assemblies parts or subassemblies, and we generally see these […]

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Can somebody run an analysis on this part for me?

I have been asked this question the last two consecutive days, and I am sure I am not the only one. Several customer’s have asked if we will do design analysis for them on a contract basis. The quick answer is no. However, we can give you the link to the SOLIDWORKS Suppliers and Services page. This link is from the SOLIDWORKS website and gives a list of SOLIDWORKS design groups and manufacturers. It allows you to search categories, areas, […]

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Perils of Sharing System Options (where’s my journal file)

The Copy Settings Wizard is a very handy tool. Personally, I love the ability to deploy system settings company wide using the .sldreg file in conjunction with an admin. image.  Others just love the ability to share their settings with another user or backup their settings in case of a machine change or registry corruption. Recently, however, an inconvenience has reared its head.  After sharing settings from one user to another the receiving user gets an annoying message saying that […]

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Help with Help Files

We often tend to look up help in our software for information that either isn’t intuitive or that we are confused about. But more often than not we have to access the software itself to get to the help menu. Wouldn’t it be nice to have help at your beck and call as it should be? You can have the help menu show up in Start \ All Programs menu \ SOLIDWORKS 2008 \ Help Click to enlarge picture To […]

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SOLIDWORKS World 2009 Call for Papers

As everyone may or may not know SOLIDWORKS holds a user conference every year and it has come time once again for SOLIDWORKS to ask it users to submit ideas for presentations for the upcoming SOLIDWORKS World. So the questions that arise are Where in the world is SOLIDWORKS World, When is SWW, What is SWW, Why is SW looking for presentation ideas & How is it going to benefit me if I submit a presentation idea? Where in the […]

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How to avoid a Redneck Workaround to capture a screenshot

Now we all know we are big fans of finding ways to do things faster and simpler but there are some Redneck Workarounds that you are just better off not using and capturing a screenshot from your computer is one of them. When you call in to a technical support line and they ask for a screen shot of the problem you are having the one thing they do not want to see is this, a digital picture of your […]

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Optimizing Hardware

Over the past couple of years I have given a presentation called "Getting the Most from Your Hardware" to several user groups and at SOLIDWORKS World a few times.  This presentation is very well received at these event mainly due to the fact that hardware performance is something that affects all SOLIDWORKS users regardless of their industry, modeling techniques, or level of model complexity.  Everyone could use a little more power.  It’s a fairly universal situation. This presentation is attached […]

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Spread the News

Hi Everyone.  I have a story for you.  Leslie takes a visit ABC Manufacturing because they have been running into some issues with SOLIDWORKS, and would like some help.  She is at John’s workstation, and some of his fellow coworkers are nearby watching.  John asks a question about something that he is frustrated with in SOLIDWORKS and is looking for an easy way to do something.  Leslie shows John a quick way to do what he wants, and he is […]

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