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

Chamfering Surfaces in SOLIDWORKS

If you do a lot of surface modeling in SOLIDWORKS, you may have gone bonkers looking for the chamfer command. Don’t worry, a conniving coworker did not modify your toolbar layout. Unfortunately, this is a limitation of the software. You cannot use the chamfer feature on surface bodies. The chamfer command is not even visible if your part consists of only surface bodies. Let’s explore two different methods of working around this limitation. These methods do require a few additional features. Despite the extra steps, the result is a robust model. In our example below, we have a part file that contains two intersecting surface bodies. We would like to

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SOLIDWORKS: How to Change the Language

SOLIDWORKS has users all over the world, and as such it is necessary to be able to install it in various languages. Being fluent in Spanish, I decided I wanted at least one of my versions in Spanish so that I could try it out. However, because my user account on my computer is set to English, it would default to English no matter how I would install it. I found a solution to create an alternate user profile and set the default language to Spanish, but I wanted something easier than that. Here are the steps that I used to switch one of my installations to Spanish. First, the

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Super Easy 3D Weldment Sketch in SOLIDWORKS 2016

Super Easy 3D Weldment Sketch in SOLIDWORKS 2016 Last month I attended a local SOLIDWORKS User Group meeting and learned a neat trick that I wanted to share. It was given by an associate who was introducing some Tips and Tricks with SOLIDWORKS. These topics are always in high demand and usually a great crowd pleaser. The topic was sketch tricks and the goal was finding a quick way to make a complex angle weldment sketch as a layout for the weldment tools inside of a SOLIDWORKS part file. The approach was to create this weldment as a solid shape with Extruded Features, Draft Features and whatever else you need

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How to get limited Measurementxpert functionality in SOLIDWORKS Inspection Standard?

The goal of Measurementxpert is to be able to input dimensions either manually or from a measuring device into SOLIDWORKS Inspection.  Then have it give us a color coded signal to whether the dimension is in or out of tolerance.  If all you need is to have the results exported to your excel report then you can accomplish this with the Lists.  The other limitation is that you are only allowed to have up to 13 columns, or custom Lists. First thing you must do is go into the Options and change the name of “Custom Field” to whatever you want it to read.  For example “Results 1”. Then bring

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SOLIDWORKS 2016 – Copy settings wizard issues

Recently we have had a number of customers that have installed SOLIDWORKS 2016. After the installation, they use their copy settings wizard file to import the settings back in to 2016, however no settings seem to be restored. All settings are stored in the registry for the current user. As you can see, there are different regisrty keys for the different versions. So what is happening is that the restore is restoring to the incorrect registry location. The easy workaround is to open the .sldreg (copy settings wizard file) in notepad. You can see in the example below, when this is restored, it will be restoring to the SOLDIWORKS 2015

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Configuring Sounds in SOLIDWORKS

When you are working at a computer all day long, sounds, especially repetitive sounds can get annoying.  I’m sure we’ve all heard the different beeps that SOLIDWORKS does to notify us of issues.  If you are like me and like to listen to music, turning the sound off is going too far.  Is it possible to remove or change the sounds?  Luckily for us, there is a way!  The pictures below were taken using SOLIDWORKS 2016, but everything is the same in earlier versions. First, open Options. Second, under System Options/General, find Configure Sounds… This will open up Sound Options from the Control Panel. Third, if you want to remove

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SOLIDWORKS Weldments: angle 1 vs angle 2?

I had a support call recently asking what the difference was between angle 1 and angle 2 on a weldment structural member. For those of you who don't know there are custom property values given to all structural members called angle1 and angle2. These can be listed in a weldment cut list. Which leads us to the question, how do you know which side is which? Through some testing, I found that angle 1 is the end face closest to you that matches the sketch the profile is created from. This is what the Weldment sketch looks like from the front view. As far as I can tell this information

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More Than 15 Reasons to Attend SOLIDWORKS World 2016 #SWW2016

With SOLIDWORKS World just over a month away if you are looking for a reason to justify to your company why you should attend SOLIDWORKS World this year, the team at Computer Aided Technology, Inflow and our customers are giving you more than 15 quality reasons to attend. The Technical Teams from CATI and InFlow have 13 different presentations and we have at least 2 customer who are presenting their own material. If you are not familiar with SOLIDWORKS World it is SOLIDWORKS annual 3 day conference that you can join more than 5,000 of your peers and select from more than 200 breakout sessions on topics ranging from design automation

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Quick sketch relations with dynamic hot keys in SOLIDWORKS

It was recently pointed out to me by a student that when you create relations in SOLIDWORKS there is an underline for certain letters. After a little bit of research we discovered that these are dynamic hot keys that activate when holding alt and pressing the corresponding letter key. By selecting these two lines and pressing Alt+U they become perpendicular to each other. Here is a list of the most commonly used relations that have hot keys. H – Horizontal, V – Vertical, L – Colinear, U – Perpendicular, E – Parallel, Q – Equal, R – Coradial, A – Tangent, N – Concentric, L – Equal Curvature Length, G –

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Counting the Number of Holes in an Irregular Part Using SOLIDWORKS

I recently had a customer ask me if SOLIDWORKS has a way to count the number of holes in a part. His holes were created on a curvy design. There is no way to use a hole table on a part like this for automatic counting. They were an inconsistent pattern so instance counts and automatic fill counts were not going to work. We came up with an interesting work around to calculate the number of holes in the part. Here is an example of a spherical part with many holes in it. I would like to know how many there are without having to manually count them. To do

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