Reminders

I am currently on vacation at Disney World in Orlando and was again reminded, yet again, how the CATI user community affects so many people around the world.  I am constantly telling my wife and kids; "One of my customers made that." When on Vacation I don't look for these types of things as much but I stumbled into one anyway.  Actually, I tripped on my own feet and steadied myself with a video game made by Design Integrity in my resort's arcade. The […]

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SolidNetwork Licensing (SNL) Activation Update and FAQ’s

SOLIDWORKS recently announced that the pilot program of SolidNetwork Licensing (SNL) Activation has been very successful. We here at CATI have had no reported problems after putting over 20 of our SNL customers in the SNL Activation pilot program. Because of this success SolidNetwork License (SNL) server activation will be implemented as the standard licensing methodology for commercial network licenses with the SOLIDWORKS 2010 release.  Also all new SNL orders will be licensed utilizing Activation starting on July 20, 2009. […]

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VISTA — What’s in it for me?

Well I have made the move!  I'm now on VISTA, and boy is it pretty!! But That's about it.  At least for me.  I have taken the time to play with the new environment for a few weeks now and have found that while being a bit easier on the eyes, it really doesn't do much else for me. I'm an engineer.  Performance and functionality excite me.  I'm not big on pretty pictures, video clips for my background, or security […]

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What about svchost.exe

I was watching my task manager the other day and found that a process called svchost.exe was eating up my processor.  A significant amount of my performance was being eaten by this process and I had no idea what it was doing, so I did a little research. The Windows operating system has migrated over the years from using .exe's for running internal system functions to .dll's.  In essence, a .dll cannot run on it's own.  It has to be […]

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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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