Customer Story: Classic Car Studio

EmailFacebookLinkedInTwitterShare

Computer Aided Technology customer Classic Car Studio in St. Louis, Mo. started off as a traditional buy-and-sell classic cars operation when they opened their doors in 2006, but soon expanded into all sorts of restoration and custom car build projects. Now, with an over 40,000-square-foot facility housing over 100 cars and 15 technicians, their product development solutions have grown along with the company. First, let’s take a tour of the shop from the Classic Car Studio YouTube channel:   “Classic car restoration […]

Read More

3D Scanning: Airfoil Inspection

EmailFacebookLinkedInTwitterShare

The current process for inspecting complex airfoil designs are too slow for full-rate production and ongoing design changes. Turbine engines have hundreds of airfoils, consisting of complex arrays and are inspected at an average of one airfoil an hour using a conventional Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM). Utilizing a Handheld 3D scanner from CREAFORM expedites the inspection process by creating an associated mesh that can be compared to nominal CAD for critical feature deviation and reported on an AS9102 within minutes. […]

Read More

Rotate Slot in Hole Wizard

EmailFacebookLinkedInTwitterShare

A common question I have received on support is, “How do I rotate my Hole Wizard slot to be vertical or to be at a specified angle?”. To place a Counterbore Slot, Countersink Slot, or Slot, you must first select Hole Wizard and choose the Hole Type on the “Type” tab of the Hole Wizard command. After specifying the appropriate Standard, Type, Size, Length, and End Condition as you would for any other Hole Wizard hole, select the Positions tab […]

Read More

Schematic Designs: Work Faster and Smarter From Your Own Content Library

EmailFacebookLinkedInTwitterShare

One of the first things I often talk about at the beginning of training classes is increasing the speed of your design while maintaining a level of consistency.  In SOLIDWORKS Schematic there are several ways to accomplish that.  Many have found more ways, but I am going to hit my favorite three, project templates, project macros, and macros. As we create content and build up projects in our day to day work, we have been creating a “design library” of […]

Read More

5 new features of the Stratasys F120 and V650

EmailFacebookLinkedInTwitterShare

We are thrilled to offer the latest from Stratasys 3D printing. Here are two new printing solutions just added to our collection, and their top five exciting new benefits. F120 Finally, affordable industrial-grade 3D printing. An industrial 3D printer at a price that brings professional 3D printing to the masses. Introducing the powerfully reliable F120, the newest addition to the Stratasys F123 Series. We’re bringing our industrial expertise to transform the 3D printing game 1. F123 Series capability in desktop […]

Read More

Discover the DraftSight® 2019 Desktop Portfolio

EmailFacebookLinkedInTwitterShare

The recent release of DraftSight® 2019 has many changes but many improvements as well. In my humble opinion, DraftSight® has been an awesome 2D CAD tool ever since it came on the scene back in 2010. Since then, DraftSight® has only improved every year and DraftSight® 2019 is no exception! DraftSight® 2019 Standard So, let’s talk about the elephant in the room. The FREE version of DraftSight® is no longer free. For 2019, it is now called DraftSight® Standard and […]

Read More

Industrial Grade Vapor Smoothing with Stradivarius

EmailFacebookLinkedInTwitterShare

CATI has recently added a new FDM finishing machine to our Manufacturing Solutions lineup. The Stradivarius Vapor Smoother (more info at http://3dsmooth.com/) is a great piece of equipment for quickly and efficiently improving the look of FDM printed parts. It works by using acetone vapor to partially melt the surface of your FDM part (or some other chemicals depending on the plastic you want to smooth). This blends together the iconic FDM layer lines on the surface of your part, […]

Read More

SOLIDWORKS Installation DVDs – Who uses them?

EmailFacebookLinkedInTwitterShare

SOLIDWORKS 2019 received many new improvements to the software, but what about the time it takes to download and install? Is there an alternative way to download without needing to first get the install manager? What about Installation DVDs? Today’s blog will focus on these topics for 2019 and future versions. In the Beginning, there were CDs… Starting 1996, SOLIDWORKS shipped on Compact Disk (CDs). As the product developed over the years, the number of disks needed to grow too. […]

Read More

A Beginner’s Look at SOLIDWORKS SimulationXpress. Part One

EmailFacebookLinkedInTwitterShare

I’m guessing if you’re here you’ve probably heard about this amazing tool hiding inside every SOLIDWORKS package. SimulationXpress focuses on simplicity making it a great introduction to simulation. The step by step wizard guides you through the process and does not require you to be an expert in design validation or Finite Element Analysis (FEA). Plus, it’s free! Being new to the world of simulation myself, I found this tool so easy to learn I kicked myself for not taking […]

Read More

SOLIDWORKS: Creating Route Specification Templates

EmailFacebookLinkedInTwitterShare

Last year in November, I blogged about How to Create Piping Route. In the process of beginning the route, I selected a default template. Let me show you how easy it is to create a Route Specification Template. First thing is making sure our SOLIDWORKS Routing Add-in is checked. Let’s get started and launch Routing Library Manager. You can Click Options, on the System Options tab, click Routing File Location and click Launch Routing Library Manager. Or, Tools, Routing, Routing Tools […]

Read More