SOLIDWORKS: How to Display Notes for X & Y Coordinate Points in a Drawing

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Drawings………can’t live without them. For drawings that need a lot of dimensions, this can clutter the entire document making it hard to read. The standard dimensioning schemes are: To avoid dimensions clutter, here’s an alternative method for you. How about adding a note that will show the X & Y coordinates instead of placing Model Items, a Horizontal or Vertical dimension on the drawing like this? Let me show you how you can create a note and link it to […]

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Design Intent, Not Just for Modeling.

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If you have taken a SOLIDWORKS Essentials course from CATI you will have heard the phrase “Design Intent” at least 100 times. Design Intent is not something to be taken lightly in the modeling world. It allows the user to get the most out of their parametric model. So, what is Design Intent? Design Intent is how the model should behave when changed. The way in which the model is created governs how it can change. Automatic sketch relations, equations, […]

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Achieving Extreme SOLIDWORKS Performance

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SOLIDWORKS World 2019 has come and gone. By now most of us have returned to work and the daily grind. Now it is time to take that new trick or skill that you learn or take another look at the many products or partners we discovered. Yes, the platform may be changing, but the core tools we have grown to love are still the foundation on which we continue to expand. Over the last week, dozens of presentations were given […]

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SOLIDWORKS Free Tools: DFMXpress

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A powerful yet FREE tool in all SOLIDWORKS versions is a utility called DFMXpress. DFMXpress is a great rules-based utility that keeps your engineers and designers in check with creating manufacturable part files in SOLIDWORKS. This utility can be found on the Evaluate Toolbar in your Command Manager and under the Tools Pulldown menu in the Xpress Products category. You must have a part model open in order to run this command. To launch our command, I will access the […]

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Creating a SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal Account the Correct Way

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Follow along to learn how to create a customer portal account the CORRECT way: Step 1: Go to solidworks.com and click on the person icon in the top right corner of the screen. Step 2: Click on SW Customer Portal from the drop down that expands. Step 3: Click “Create a SOLIDWORKS ID” Step 4: Input your email address, and then your serial number. If you do not know your serial number, it can be found inside of SOLIDWORKS if […]

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SOLIDWORKS Home Use License (HUL) FAQ

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Do you own a Network license of SOLIDWORKS? Is your license actively on subscription? Do you use SOLIDWORKS at home? If you answered “yes” to all three of these questions, you should probably be using a HUL! A HUL, or Home Use License, is a type of SOLIDWORKS license that enables you to use SOLIDWORKS on a machine that is not typically connected to your office network. This blog post is your guide for any and all questions HUL-related. If […]

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Adding Serial Numbers to your [existing] SolidNetWork License Manager (SNL)

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When you have a network license of SOLIDWORKS, the SolidNetWork License Manager is used to proctor/distribute your licenses to your users. Sometimes a new/additional network license needs to be added to an existing network license/SNL setup. The following outline the steps to add a new/additional network license to an existing SolidNetWork License Manager (SNL). First, verify all your network serial numbers. This would include SOLIDWORKS network licenses, PDM Standard network licenses, PDM Professional network licenses, etc. You can always contact […]

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SOLIDWORKS – Part and Sketch Origins: Do you know the difference?

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7 years ago, in 2011, Ketul, one of our Application Engineers, did a blog on the fact that there are two SOLIDWORKS origins: 1 red and 1 blue. Have you noticed? Here is the original link if you’d like to read it. https://www.cati.com/blog/2011/03/why-is-there-two-origins-in-a-sketch-one-red-one-blue/ Now that we’ve established that there are truly 2 origins, have you ever tried to select an origin and it would not select it? Happened to me recently. Here’s the plain truth…. Red Origins (located on a […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019: Master Modeling with Toolbox Hardware

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A very common question that is asked around the SOLIDWORKS customer base is “How do I modify a standard Toolbox component with extra features thus turning a purchased component into a manufactured one?” Well, it is actually quite easy and over the next few paragraphs, I will shed some light on this process. First, I start a brand new part file. Second, you activate your SOLIDWORKS Toolbox add-in or open a downloaded library part from your supplier: In my case […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Cosmetic Thread Improvements – #SW2019

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The Cosmetic Threads Command has seen some improvements in SOLIDWORKS 2019. There were many issues with how cosmetic threads were created, updated and displayed when there are child references in downstream features. This has been resolved. The cosmetic threads feature has a more robust architecture so that they behave more consistently. The improved behavior provides more stable references for edges and faces, along with correct parameters for assemblies, drawings, and graphics.   Some improvements that users asked for were to […]

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