SOLIDWORKS Important Reminders for 2019-2020

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With SOLIDWORKS 2020 on the horizon, we will look at some of the changes coming to the landscape of the future. SNL HUL Licensing SOLIDWORKS has decided to phase out existing HUL licenses. Starting October 4th, 2019, all existing Home Use Licenses will be phased out. Users with an activated HUL license will still be able to use their SOLIDWORKS license until they deactivate/transfer it. New activations won’t be possible. HUL or Home Use License was setup as a standalone license that allows […]

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Upcoming Tradeshows

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                    Check us out at our upcoming tradeshows near you this fall: Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo | September 10–12, 2019 Suburban Collection Showplace | Novi, Mich. Engine Expo + The Powertrain Technology Show | October 22–24, 2019 Suburban Collection Showplace | Novi, Mich. Wichita Industrial Trade Show | October 22–24, 2019 Century II Expo Hall | Wichita, Kan. Quality Show | October 22–24, 2019 Donald E. Stephens Convention Center | […]

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In Depth Reverse Engineering Workflow Part 2 : Scan to CAD

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In the first part of this two part post, we took a look at the process for creating a 3D printable STL file from our scan mesh. This is great if you just need a copy of the part with no editing necessary. But what if you do want to edit the part? Then we will need to dive a little deeper into the realm of scan post-processing, and with a little extra elbow grease, we can create a parametric […]

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical: Editing Wire Styles

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The fastest way to create wire styles is to copy and paste the wire styles from one project to another. If you do that I recommend saving them into your project template so you don’t have to do it every time you create a project. However, what if you want to create some new wire styles you haven’t used before? You can, of course, go to the wire style manager and add them one at a time, editing all the […]

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DraftSight Enterprise 2019 – Installation

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DraftSight 2019 was launched this past March with a plethora of new tools and features. There have been many updates to the leading 2D software package, including the phase-out of the free version and the transition into new offerings such as DraftSight Enterprise and DraftSight Enterprise Plus. For this article, we’re going to focus on the installation of those Enterprise offerings. These products require the installation of a network license manager, in this case, the SOLIDWORKS SolidNetwork License Manager (SNL). […]

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Training at CATI

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You have the tools you need—now what do you do with them? SOLIDWORKS training through Computer Aided Technology provides our customers with a rich set of comprehensive classes and flexible delivery from our certified training centers. SOLIDWORKS provides powerful tools, but without the right know-how, the full potential of these tools cannot be attained. CATI instructors are certified by SOLIDWORKS, Stratasys, and our other partners to provide their complete catalog of course offerings. We have also developed unique classes to […]

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Bike Component Design with Remote Loads in SOLIDWORKS Simulation

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Do you perform analyses of assemblies in SOLIDWORKS Simulation that incorporate off-the-shelf components? We can usually exclude such items in the analysis, since they are typically rated for a certain load limit. I love cycling, so I’ll use the design of a bicycle drive system to demonstrate the use of Simulation’s remote load feature. The system consists of a pedal and crank arm on either side of the bike frame’s bottom bracket and one or more chain rings on the […]

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Custom Packaging Design (Part 1 of 2)

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Recently I was asked to deliver onsite customized classroom training to one of our customers. This meant transporting our entire training lab, containing 10 ea BOXX workstations, 22” Dell LCD monitors, keyboards, and mice, from our office, 181 miles to the customer site. Since we didn’t have the individual packaging for the workstations and monitors, and the cost of commercial custom packaging was prohibitive, I needed to create custom packaging. This meant acquiring crates that could hold all the equipment […]

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Connecting the Dots, I Mean Terminals

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Wire styles are an important piece of the design set up in a project in SOLIDWORKS Schematic.  In each project, we have these styles set up to denote our particular wire sizes, wire information, and also the wire numbering.  They are an important piece to a proper template set up. Many times with companies new to the SW Schematic tool, users have done a fantastic job of creating their wire styles.  They have them filled in with all their required […]

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Free Xpress Product Training

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Xpress Products are free and meant to give you a taste of the products and solutions available to you as a SOLIDWORKS user. After trying the Xpress version, you may want to explore what the full versions may have to offer. Just as any SOLIDWORKS Standard, Professional, and Premium license come with free Xpress products, my.solidworks.com comes with FREE Xpress products training! To Access your free Xpress products training: Go to https://my.solidworks.com/training   Search for whatever Xpress product you want […]

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