“Normal To” Orientation.

Sometimes, when rotating “Normal To” a face, the orientation can be rotated at some obscure angle.  This can be especially true on imported parts or parts that have a lot of funky angles to them.  Take a look at this part.  When you rotate the selected face Normal To, you get the following results…   If you want to rotate the part with respect to a specific face, simply ctrl + select the two faces before selecting Normal To.  The […]

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Turning Off Add-ins (MSWP#4)

This article continues our Maximizing SOLIDWORKS Performance series.  If you would like a little background information please refer to the first article in the series Maximizing SOLIDWORKS Performance (Results). Everything running on your computer takes some amount of resources.  I mean everything.  Right down to the insignificant little app that tell you when the Adobe Acrobat Reader has an ungrade available.  It is recommended to reduced the amount of applications, programs, apps, widgets, and add-ins running on your computer to increase […]

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Reference File Locations (MSWP#3)

This article continues our Maximizing SOLIDWORKS Performance series.  If you would like a little background information please refer to the first article in the series Maximizing SOLIDWORKS Performance (Results). This article is describing one of our "side tests".  Some of our tests, including this one, while being run with the same methodology as all of the others did not fit the general flow of the over all testing.  This test was run to show the negative impact of a seldom used […]

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How to set a Sub-Assembly to Flexible in a SOLIDWORKS Assembly

In going through our support log this week I saw a question that had come up a couple of times and that was “How to set a sub-assembly so that its movement could be reused in an upper level assembly?” By default all assemblies when inserted into another assembly are set to rigid, meaning the sub-assembly acts as a single unit and its components do not move relative to each other. If you want to be able to reuse that […]

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SOLIDWORKS System Options Set to Optimal (MSWP#2)

So I couldn't wait to get started.  As soon as I published the introduction to this series I wanted to at least get the first article out so that everyone could get an idea of what to expect. In this test we compared SOLIDWORKS system options that we typically see (and did see with the customers that gave us our test models) with what we consider optimal for working with an assembly this large.  To remind yourself of the details – http://blog.cati.com/2011/03/maximizing-solidworks-performance-results.html.  […]

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Maximizing SOLIDWORKS Performance (Results)

As many of you may know Josh Altergott and I did a presentation at SOLIDWORKS World this year in San Antonio titled "Maximizing SOLIDWORKS Performance".  The presentation was well received and we thought it would be a good idea to share the information with more than just the SOLIDWORKS World attendees.  The goal of this presentation was to determine the most effective changes that could be made to a SOLIDWORKS environment and to SOLIDWORKS modeling methods in the hopes of […]

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Shortcut Bar AKA the “S” key

SOLIDWORKS has really put in a lot of effort in the past couple of releases to minimize mouse travel and increase productivity.  One of the tools that they have added to help do this is the shortcut bar.  This shortcut bar is basically a tool bar that can be pulled up by hitting the “s” key on the keyboard.  It opens up right beside your curser eliminating the need to drag your mouse to the top command manager.  The best […]

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How to submit a SOLIDWORKS Enhancement Request

About a week and half ago I posted a article on how to remove the locks from the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal (http://blog.cati.com/2011/03/how-to-remove-the-locks-in-the-solidworks-customer-portal.html) so I thought it would be good to follow it up with how to submit a SOLIDWORKS Enhancement Request.  So to put in an Enhancement Request you will need to do the following: Log in to the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal (https://login.solidworks.com/nidp/idff/sso?id=cpenglish&sid=2&option=credential&sid=2) Select the Enhancement Request link.  Search to see if there has been a similar request before.  If […]

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Why is there a Funnel next to my Selection Pointer?

Everyone has at some point in time been working in SOLIDWORKS when you realize that you are no longer able to select what you want and that is when you notice the Funnel next to your Selection Pointer. So what is that funnel and how did it get there?  What this Funnel is is a Selection Filter and is used to help select specific types of items in the graphics area or drawing sheet. This more than likely got turned […]

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How to Copy a Part in an Assembly with Mates

So you have an assembly and have been given the task of inserting multiple copies of the same part into it. The question then becomes what is the fastest way to create all of these instances and have them properly mated into position. As with most tasks in SOLIDWORKS there is always more than one way to get the job done. The first is if you are going to use the part file on a continuous basis then you can […]

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