One Milllllllion Licenses!

SOLIDWORKS has hit ONE MILLION LICENSES! I still have a really nice polo shirt that says “200,000 licenses” on it from my second year with 3DVision! Needless to say, it is as obsolete as my Bengals T. J. Houshmandzadeh 84 jersey (Yes, I had to look the spelling up on Wikipedia… hope they were right!) This is a big milestone for any CAD company. It means they did something right early, continued to innovate and develop, and listened to the […]

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Central Indiana SOLIDWORKS User Group Meeting

All SOLIDWORKS Users and Guests,   If you haven't already done so – Please Make Your Reservation Now.     Central Indiana SolidWorks User Group Meeting: Date:    Thursday, May 21st Time:    4:30 pm Venue:  GT South Rib House – 4919 S Emerson Avenue Indianapolis, (Beech Grove) Premium Door Prizes: Two Gas Card Prizes of $30 each will be given to the registrants who traveled the furthest distance this meeting. Sponsored by: Karen Medeiros of Summit National.    Agenda (approximate timing): 4:30. Registration […]

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Update to the CATI Customer Portal

How can you contact CATI support, let me count the ways. You can call us at 888 285 CATI, you can email us at support@cati.com and, since November 2004, you can use the CATI Customer Portal. The portal has been a success, but at 5 years old, it is beginning to show it's age, so we have developed a new version, with a new look and a lot of new features. The new CATI Customer Portal is based on the […]

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Free SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal Training Kicks off the CATI Virtual Classroom

The CATI tech team has been working on a new way to get our customers the training they need without the time and expense of travel to attend a class. After a lot of research and development, we are happy to be launching the CATI Virtual Classroom. We are calling it CATI Virtual Classroom, because the technology we are using allows us to run a class just as if you are in the training room. You will see and hear […]

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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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