Customizing SOLIDWORKS Toolbox-V2.0

I had posted a blog article on customizing SW Toolbox a while back and shortly after doing so SOLIDWORKS went and changed the interface on me so after some digging here is V2.0   I recently had a customer who called into support and was looking for a way to add some custom features to Toolbox. In particular they were looking for: “On  a number of Hex bolts that I use, I need to have 3 different styles of same […]

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Details of Instant 3D’s Interface

If you've run SOLIDWORKS since version 2008, you've undoubtly run into Instant 3D since it's toggled on by default right out of the box. (Unless you have a savvy Admin who's setup your installs to have it off.) The purpose of this blog article is to explain as simply as possible, the what, where, & how's. WHAT is Instant 3D? It is an optional(toggles on/off) interface for changing sketch and feature values dynamically by dragging. If you're in need of making […]

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Imported Files – Turning Surfaces into Solids

Problem – Many times when you import a customer’s part or assembly and it opens as a part that has a ton of surfaces or it may open as a multi level assembly and each of those parts is made up of surfaces.  The file that I chose to work with was an assembly that when imported into SOLIDWORKS opened as a part file by setting some of the import options. The Feature Stats for this part show how the […]

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The Trials of Beaker

Well, as I mentioned before, Beaker's been through a lot in his efforts to help us build our SOLIDWORKS World presentation "Modeling Methods and Environment Configuration for Optimal Performance".  (It's a long name, I know)  The efforts of Beaker have given us some great data and some hair loss. First, some of the great data: We were able to somewhat quantify the  effects of using external references, at least in our environment.  What we did was put 30 different locations […]

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SOLIDWORKS World – Design Tables the Complete Story

This year at SOLIDWORKS World I will be giving two presentations the first is on Design Tables. This is an updated version of my presentation from SWW09 that will cover all aspects of Design Tables from the optimal setup of your parts and assemblies in SOLIDWORKS to how to utilize the tools in Excel to help automate the design process. The presentation will give everyone an expanded knowledge of the SOLIDWORKS and Excel tools and show you the concepts that […]

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SOLIDWORKS World’s Coming (What does Beaker have in store for us?)

OK, I'm getting excited now. [Or stressed]  SOLIDWORKS World is around the corner and my team has about 8 separate presentations that we are giving.  The two that I am working on are "Tackeling Administrative Images" and "Modeling Methods and Environment Configuration for Optimal Performance".  I am not ready for either yet but I'm working hard to get there. The later is the real challenge.  The goal of this presentation is to give the audience an idea of not only […]

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Do You Ship Products to the European Union?

Recently, we have had a number of customers inquire about solutions to help them comply with environmental regulations.  While many of these regulations have been in place for quite a few years, the enforcement of these regulations is becoming a reality.  Thus, companies have to prepare themselves in order to continue exporting their products, especially to the European Union. This survey is simply intended to understand the value of such solutions in CATI's customer base. Please take a few minutes […]

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Customizing SOLIDWORKS Toolbox

I recently had a customer who called into support and was looking for a way to add some custom features to Toolbox. In particular they were looking for: “On  a number of Hex bolts that I use I need to have 3 different styles of the same size.. Say Ø1/4-20 X 2" Hex Bolts…, (1) Ø1/4-20 x 2" Grade 5, (2) Ø1/4-20 x 2" Grade 8, (3) Ø1/4-20 x 2" Stainless Steel. Some of my hardware, I need several more […]

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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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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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