Wisconsin – Illinois Simulation User Group

 The best way to evaluate design performance is by testing it. With ever reducing design cycle time, and multitude of projects every engineer needs to work upon; virtual testing paves the way to save time and money.  On November 5th an elite group meets up in Wisconsin trying to understand, how fellow designers crank the most out of their designs. The Wisconsin / Illinois Simulation User Group is made of individuals who go an extra step with conceptual designs. The discussions […]

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Top 11 in 2011

SOLIDWORKS 2011 is strong in enhancements and the tech staff has picked out as a group what we feel to be the TOP 11 in 11. With 2011 now being officially released as of October 18th its time to start looking forward to new release and leveraging all the great new features. Enjoy!!!!! SOLIDWORKS Top 11 on Prezi Todd Werginz CATI

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Solve Complex Problems – Without complexity

Is it possible a complex problem has a not so complex solution to it? Come to think about it, usually the simple the solution the better it works. In my quest to find such cases I turned to my all time favorite search engine….Google and voila there is an entire website dedicated to this. Not surprisingly it is hosted by SolidWorks. ….. http://www.solidworks.com/sw/products/9676_ENU_HTML.htm There are many case studies you can download. Can you find one that relates to your specific engineering […]

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Retirement Announcement – SOLIDWORKS 2D Editor

To better align with Dassault Systèmes new 2D product – DraftSight™, DS SOLIDWORKS Corp. plans to retire SOLIDWORKS 2D Editor (formally DWG Editor). To allow an adequate transition period, the SOLIDWORKS 2D Editor download will continue to be available through the Service Pack cycle of SOLIDWORKS 2011, after which time the download link on the customer portal will be removed. To get started with DraftSight visit www.draftsight.com and follow download instructions. To access the DraftSight community, visit swym.3ds.com and create […]

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SOLIDWORKS World 2011 Call for Papers

As everyone may or may not know SOLIDWORKS holds a user conference every year and it has come time once again for SOLIDWORKS to ask it users to submit ideas for presentations for the upcoming SOLIDWORKS World. So the questions that arise are Where in the world is SOLIDWORKS World, When is SWW, What is SWW, Why is SW looking for presentation ideas & How is it going to benefit me if I submit a presentation idea? Where in the […]

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Open House – See the Connex350 3D printer in action

Join us August 10, 2010 from 12pm-5pm for an Open House featuring the Connex350 3D printer by Objet Geometries.  CATI's resident 3D printing experts will be on hand to introduce you to the latest arrival to our Buffalo Grove Headquarters, the Connex350 3D printer by Objet.  Be the first to see this Connex350 in action. Stop by to ask questions and see parts being printed live or come in for one of the scheduled presentations.  Register for this event at […]

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It’s All About Workarounds! Really? Yes Really!

In my experience it’s all about workarounds. Isn’t it? I mean really let’s think about it. In everyday life if there isn’t a given path or answer what do we do (especially designers and engineers)? We work around it. I can’t remember the last time something went off without a hitch or some sort of a “bump in the road. It isn’t supposed to be smooth. As the type of personality that expects perfection in most situations, I have come […]

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Save as Exterior Faces…….

There are certain times that you just do not want all the information shown. Only certain people need to see certain things at certain times. For instance: You have a customer or vendor that has requested a footprint of a specific machine, assembly or what have you. They need this in a 3D environment to use in a layout or some other application. Your company has invested countless hours developing this product or products and there is proprietary information contained […]

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Still Redneck

Well Tuesday was the SWUGN Technical Summit in Naperville, IL outside of Chicago.  It was a very good group with roughly 130 attendees, several good presentations, and a wedge salad that I liked quite a bit.  To find out when there will be a SWUGN Technical Summit near you check out this sight. SWUGN Info As we usually do with an event like this, Josh Altergott and I took the chance to get a little Redneck.  We presented "Redneck Workarounds […]

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