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SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks and Info on Professional 3D Printing with Stratasys from the Technical staff of CATI

FIX-A-FILLET with SOLIDWORKS

If you are creating models with smooth surfaces and elegant rounded edges you will have trouble creating fillets where sharp edges merge into smoother surfaces. For example, we have this part here: We need to place a .25 inch fillet which blends smoothly into the adjacent surfaces. If we use the symmetric fillet with a curvature continuous profile, in the preview I see this: Let’s look at the result with curvature analysis. Notice that the blending looks good at the top but gets quite odd at the end with the pointed face here. To avoid this there is a technique the will effectively, block the fillet before it begins to

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Posted in Maximizing SolidWorks Performance, Modeling, Redneck Workarounds

SOLIDWORKS: Running Multiple Monitors with SOLIDWORKS 2017

Running Multiple Monitors with SOLIDWORKS 2017     So, this question comes up a lot: “Should I run with extra monitors?”   “Yes, yes you should”, is my typical answer.   The industry has come to a common consensus that having more than on monitor does increase productivity. The following metric from a University of Utah studies are numbers that are agreed upon by many researchers from Intel to Microsoft.   Multi-Monitor vs Single Monitor Display. 45% Easier task tracking (finding windows, reference information, etc.) 38% Easier to move around sources of information 32% Faster to perform tasks 29% More effective for tasks 28% Easier task focus 24% More comfortable

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Posted in CAD Administration, Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, General Info, Maximizing SolidWorks Performance

SOLIDWORKS: Perils of SOLIDWORKS Extruded Text

Perils of SOLIDWORKS Extruded Text   At times a file has a need of text. There are many ways of adding text to parts and a few things to consider. I created a simple Bingo card:     I created this file in a couple of different ways:   First, I extruded a base sheet (.006 thick), created a grid and cut extruded the squares (.001 deep). I then extrude cut the letters across the top and then extruded the numbers in the squares.   Second, I used the sketches for split lines to split the faces instead of creating extruded cuts.   Third, I had an extrude that I

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SOLIDWORKS- Linking Assembly Balloons to Notes

SOLIDWORKS- Linking Assembly Balloons to Notes SOLDWORKS offers many annotation enhancements to your drawings, one of them being the ability to relate the BOM to different drawing views by using balloons. SOLIDWORKS even goes a step further by automating the ballooning process with the Auto Balloon feature. But there are many other dynamic uses for balloons than the traditional part numbering. On occasion, when working with drawing assemblies, it would be nice to link the itemized balloons to a note. This comes in handy when working with multiple configurations of an assembly or listing out specific instructions on a drawing. Take the following Camping Flashlight for example: Adding in manufacturing

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Posted in Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, Drawings, Maximizing SolidWorks Performance, Modeling

How Do I Download and Print the SOLIDWORKS Keyboard Shortcuts Cheat Sheet

I love my smartphone and my tablet, but I still feel that I work faster on my desktop computer because of keyboard shortcuts. There are many different ways to bring up commands in SOLIDWORKS, but the use of keyboard shortcuts help me tremendously. While I was browsing our new Computer Aided Technology (CATI) blog webpage, I noticed something for the first time. We offer a downloadable SOLIDWORKS Keyboard Shortcuts Cheat Sheet. I was excited to compare what shortcuts I know with the cheat sheet. I picked up a couple that I didn’t know about or that I had forgot about. For example, if you want to open up a file

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SOLIDWORKS 2016 What’s New – 3D Printing – #SW2016

3D printers are everywhere you look. You can buy these on the internet, in Home Depot, or in your local Sam's club. SOLIDWORKS recognizes this and has provided us with some new functionality so we better understand what our printed parts are going to look like. New in 2016 is the ability to run a preview analysis and identify the faces that require support and show striation lines (or grove layer lines) of the print. This is using the 3D Printer driver function available in Windows 8. You can use Print3D to print 3D prototypes of your models when you have a 3D printer installed locally With your model open, click

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SOLIDWORKS 2015 – The What’s New You Didn’t Hear About (Part 04 – Identify Last Saved in File Version)

One thing we overlook many times as designers in SOLIDWORKS is, "Are my files on the current version of SOLIDWORKS?" Most of the time our answer is yes they are!!! But many times we are completely wrong. So who cares? Well, as a SOLIDWORKS designer professional, "I DO!" If your SOLIDWORKS models are not on the current version of the software the files perform slow on open and on close. This is because the software will convert the files to a flavor that SOLIDWORKS likes for the version you are using every time you hit the open dialog. It is also slower on close because a bit of code has

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Posted in Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, Free SolidWorks from Performance Constraints, Maximizing SolidWorks Performance, SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks, SOLIDWORKS What's New

SOLIDWORKS Model Items

One of the coolest features of SOLIDWORKS has to be its ability to re-use sketch and feature dimensions in the drawing or detailing environment of the software.  But if you are like most who tried this function out many years ago, you were not too impressed with all of the clean-up that had to be done after inserting all of those dimensions.  The command I am speaking about is called Model Items, and can be found on the Annotation toolbar in the Command Manager in SOLIDWORKS. Create your drawing views, navigate to the annotation toolbar, press Model Items, and simply select the items from the Part Model that you wish

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Posted in Drawings, General Info, Maximizing SolidWorks Performance, SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks

How to make only your company’s drawing sizes available in Solidworks

There are many companies that make several drawing templates that have the file extention *.drwdot.  The other option can also be to create a bunch of different title blocks and let the user decide which sheet size he or she wants and Solidworks will choose the title block for you based on what is available.  Both options depend on how many templates you will have.  If you have a lot templates, then it is easier to make just the title blocks (sheet formats) and let SolidWorks assign a sheet size to them.   Basically, when you open up a new drawing and Solidworks asks you for a sheet size, the number

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Posted in Drawings, Maximizing SolidWorks Performance, SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks

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