Viewing (and MORE) with 3DPlay in 3DEXPERIENCE

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One of the great, easy to use tools on the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform is 3DPlay. 3DPlay is used to view data on the platform but it can also do a lot more! Everyone who has the role of Collaborative Business Innovator, the base role that you need to gain access to the platform, has access to the 3DPlay app. It is accessed through the compass (like all apps) and can be added as a widget to any tab on your dashboard.  […]

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Are you using Smart Fasteners in your SOLIDWORKS assemblies?

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When creating assemblies in SOLIDWORKS, the Smart Fastener Feature can be a huge help to designers. When the Hole Wizard Feature is used in an assembly, just simply click the Hole feature and Smart Fasteners will populate hardware automatically, including options for a Top and/or Bottom Stack of washers and nuts. The hardware comes from the SOLIDWORKS Toolbox. Toolbox is in SOLIDWORKS Professional and Premium packages. Let’s explore this feature. Here is an assembly with 4 Countersunk holes added as […]

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The Best Solution for Complex Reverse Engineering

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                    Perhaps you have a project where you need to reverse engineer many complex parts and must bring the data over to your native CAD software. What are the best hardware and software solutions to get the job done as quickly and accurately as possible? The problem is 2-fold. First, we must capture our parts’ 3D data quickly and accurately so that we can trust the data in our downstream reverse […]

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How To Extract Custom Material Properties in SOLIDWORKS

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Have you received a Solidworks Part File where someone has applied custom materials that you don’t possess? Would you like to share the custom material that you’ve created? There is a way to extract custom material properties from files sent to you, in just a few steps, without having to recreate it in your own materials library. Step 1. Activate your Simulation Add-in. After you activate your Add-in then you will see the Simulation tab added to the Command Manager. Step […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Shining Some Light on Silhouette Entities

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Silhouette Entities is a powerful new sketch tool that was added in SOLIDWORKS 2020 and has not yet received the full credit it deserves. I expect plenty of seasoned designers might not be aware of it. Hopefully, this post will help change that and develop up some appreciation for Silhouette Entities. We will explore this command by comparing it to some other sketch tools we have more familiarity with. Silhouette Entities creates sketch geometry by projecting the outline of bodies […]

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SOLDIWORKS 2021 Beta is coming!

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SOLIDWORKS just announced that SOLIDWORKS 2021 Beta is scheduled to go live near the end of June. Like previous years, SOLIDWORKS will have a Beta program allowing users to test the new software. What is the Beta Program? Participating in the in the Beta program is more than just taking the next release of SOLIDWORKS for a test drive. It’s about connecting with the BETA community, interacting with the SOLIDWORKS R&D team to provide your feedback on the new functionality […]

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Customer Story: Acer Technologies

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The 3DEXPERIENCE platform from Dassault Systemes is a solution that CATI customer Acer Technologies seemed to have sought after since their inception. “When I started about 11 years ago, I wanted Acer to be a virtual company. No server to host, no office, can work whenever, however, from anywhere. My mission statement was essentially to be an extension of a company’s engineering department.” says JP Judge, Owner of Acer Technologies. “3DEXPERIENCE has allowed us to be the virtual company we […]

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SOLIDWORKS, where is my Help menu and Quick Access tools?

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With the arrival of SOLIDWORKS 2020 SP3, we have seen an increase of installations and questions come into Tech Support. Users are noticing a few subtle differences in the SOLIDWORKS user interface but DON’T WORRY, this is not like Icon color-gate from SW 2016! These changes are much easier to overlook. Vanishing Help Menu Let us start with the following screen of SOLIDWORKS 2020 SP3. Notice anything missing? The traditional Help menu is removed from the Menu Bar in service pack […]

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SOLIDWORKS User Group Network

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SOLIDWORKS User Group Network: Virtual Meetings With all that is changing in our world like social distancing and most employees working from home or remote locations, SOLIDWORKS Community User Advocacy Group is hosting several virtual meetings for customers. These range from topics on certification tips to advanced topics on Simulation and Flow analysis. Some of the sessions repeat so you can hopefully attend the virtual sessions that fits your schedule. The next event is on April 7th and they’ll run […]

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Technical Support – Online Case Management

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CATI Technical Support has always offered an online Customer Portal, but it hasn’t seen many updates or improvements in several years. With our recent merger, we’ve decided to do a full upgrade to the Customer Portal interface! With a new, clean UI, managing your Technical Support cases (or starting a new one) will be easier than ever! To start using the Customer Portal, an account needs to be created. This can be done by emailing Support@cati.com to let us know […]

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