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

Thread Profiles in SOLIDWORKS

Sometimes when you upgrade or install the latest version of SOLIDWORKS, you lose or can’t find your custom features. In this case, I have created some custom threads that I used in 2016. When I installed 2017 everything installed fine. I went use the thread feature and noticed that the custom threads that I had created were missing. I am looking for a thread profile named Feed Screw Profile. Notice in the above picture that Feed Screw Profile is not available. What happened to it? I spent a fair amount of time putting it together and now its missing. Where did it go? This is a fairly common occurrence when

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SOLIDWORKS: Drawing Dimension Colors

Drawing Dimension Colors   Happy New Year everyone! The first blog of 2017 and I’m starting with a customer support call regarding dimension colors on drawing.   One of our customers called wondering why the same drawing would open on different machines with a color change for dimensions. This was something I had to look up myself.   The first reason a dimension might appear 1 color on one machines and a different color on another is because of the Color Display Mode being turned off in the Line Format toolbar.   Let’s explore a little…   Here is the Line Format toolbar:     Here is my model with the

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SOLIDWORKS: Use a 3D Model To Quickly Create a 3D Weldment Sketch

How to transfer 3D model to a 3D sketch   Create a 3D model to the desired shape of the weldment you are looking to create. Start a new 3D sketch, then select an edge of your 3D model. Use your ‘Select’ tool. Click on ‘All’ to select all edges. Click on ‘Convert Entities’ button. Click OK button to accept 3D sketch. Hide 3D body for clarity. Click Weldment button to apply weldment profiles to the desired sketch entities.     Here is a further result after hiding the body and applying some weldment profiles.     I hope this makes you a more efficient with SOLIDWORKS!   Don Glaske CATI

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SOLDIWORKS: Magic of SOLIDWORKS Equation Driven Curves

Magic of SOLIDWORKS Equation Driven Curves   Most SOLIDWORKS users are comfortable creating models with the familiar sketch commands (lines, rectangles, splines, arcs, etc.); however, there are occasions when a design is dependent on mathematical functions or equations to describe its geometry/topology. Examples of this might be the curvature of a lens, the design of a custom spring, wind-foil, or perhaps a roller-coaster path. To create these special kinds of curves, the best approach would be to utilize the Equation Driven Curves command. This should not be confused with the Equations table where Global Variables are dealt with.   The first thing to keep in mind using this command is

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3D Printing: What to Print with Your New Makerbot

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What to Print with Your New Makerbot   Let’s say you’re one of the lucky people who got a new MakerBot Replicator Plus 3D Printer for Christmas. Now what do you do with it? You have seen all the amazing things people have been creating with them and you’re wondering where to start. You probably know a bit about how to try and make your own STL models from scratch using a CAD program, but if you’re not lucky enough to have a license of SOLIDWORKS on hand to play with, it can take some time to model up the parts you will want to print. Lucky for you, there

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Posted in Digital Prototyping, General Info, Rapid Prototyping, SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks

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: Rebuild Errors After Upgrade

Rebuild Errors After Upgrade   Why do I have all these SOLIDWORKS rebuild errors after upgrading to a new version?   With every current new release of SOLIDWORKS, we get a number of support calls regarding rebuild errors. The most common is “I have just upgraded, now I am seeing rebuild errors on a lot of our older files….these were not previously there…why?” Sometimes you will still have the older version of SOLIDWORKS installed. Opening them in the older version still will not show the errors; what is the cause?   Well there is usually one simple reason this is occurring: Verification on Rebuild! Turning this option on in a

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Posted in CAD Administration, Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks

SOLIDWORKS: Administering SOLIDWORKS Toolbox – #SW2017

Administering SOLIDWORKS Toolbox   Come out and join us at SOLIDWORKS World 2017! I will be presenting my Toolbox presentation with Jeff Barker from Inflow to help out with PDM management. We will show you a few of the things we learned about Toolbox over the years. Setups, problems, new items, manual configuration, and some tips to make it flow a little better. Our session is on Monday, February 6th at 10:30 AM register for SOLIDWORKS World and use the agenda builder here to plan your days:   See you there! John Van Engen Sr. Support Engineer Computer Aided Technology

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CATI and MCAD SOLIDWORKS Blog 2016 Year in Review

CATI and MCAD SOLIDWORKS Blog 2016 Year in Review   To all the readers of the CATI Blog, I wanted start off by saying THANK YOU to all of you for making 2016 our best year to date with the CATI and MCAD blog. To close out the year, I thought I would give everyone a brief recap of what we did with the blog this past year.   The CATI and MCAD Teams joined forces back in April of 2016 and the addition of the new team members brought our total number of blog contributors to 32 for SOLIDWORKS and its related products and 9 total team members for

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SOLIDWORKS: Using Design Checker to Change Sheet Formats

Using SOLIDWORKS Design Checker to Change Sheet Formats   One of the more useful utilities that you get with SOLIDWORKS Professional and Premium licenses is the SOLIDWORKS Design Checker program. This program allows you to capture your drafting and modeling standards into a simple user interface. Then use these rules to check against your completed files to find little mistakes where the drawing didn’t quite follow the company’s rules.   Sometimes the user might make a drawing, only to find out that something has been changed on the company’s title block. Company name change, address update or perhaps a simple change with tolerance or layout of the title block itself.

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