Shortcutting In SOLIDWORKS

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SOLIDWORKS software receives significant enhancements each release. Some of these are exciting new modeling functionality, some are performance increases, and others might be directed to the user interface. In this blog post we will review some of the great interface enhancements and customization options that you should be taking advantage of. MOUSE GESTURES SOLIDWORKS introduced mouse gestures back in 2010. Over the years the number of available gesture options has grown, and you can now assign up to 12 different […]

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Using a Tablet or iPad for SOLIDWORKS Part 3

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Hello Everyone! This is Part 3 in my series on Using Solidworks on an iPad. Please check out Parts 1 and 2 in this series: Part 1:  https://www.cati.com/blog/2020/08/using-a-tablet-or-ipad-for-solidworks/ Part 2:  https://www.cati.com/blog/2020/11/using-a-tablet-or-ipad-for-solidworks-part-2/ In this blog I will discuss some of the differences that you may bump into when using SOLIDWORKS on your iPad. I will also provide some guidance and tips to make your transition to an iPad smoother. Once you have remoted into your session and started SOLIDWORKS you will […]

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SOLIDWORKS – Lost a Drawing File?

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Have you ever had a customer come back with an old drawing print out or just a PDF of one, and for whatever reason, you just could not find it? Let me try and help you fix that problem! As we know, SOLIDWORKS Drawings has the option to link text to the part properties. From here you can call in your custom property fields like, description, part number, color, who designed it, revision, dates…. Whatever you want really, it is […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Custom View Orientation

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Sometimes Standard View Orientation, Projected Views or Auxiliary Views will not get you the view results your trying to accomplish. There are other techniques for creating custom view orientation. New View Relative View 3D Drawing View Let’s take a look how to create these other custom views. The first custom view is New View. The New View command can be found in the Orientation dialog or in the Heads-up under View Orientation. The New View can be saved and used […]

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Improving SOLIDWORKS Assembly Mating with Component Preview Window

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Mating your components into place is an important step in creating your SOLIDWORKS assemblies. This can be a simple process, but it can also get tough and be time consuming, as your assemblies get larger. Being able to efficiently add mates can really help you save time when creating your assemblies, and SOLIDWORKS has many tools to help do just that. In this blog, we are going to look at one of those tools: Component Preview Window. Let us look […]

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How to Center Text in SOLIDWORKS Drawings

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The title block of a drawing contains all the information necessary to identify the drawing and the parts involved in the drawing views.  To access all of this information automatically, linked text notes need to be inserted into the title block in “edit sheet format” mode. When adding text notes to a SOLIDWORKS drawing’s title block, it is desirable for the notes to appear like they “belong” there. Having notes centered in their cell of the title block will give […]

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SOLIDWORKS Property Tab Builder – Advanced

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The Property Tab Builder is a stand-alone utility for creating a customized interface for adding properties to SOLIDWORKS Parts, Drawings, and Assemblies. Why should I use it? It will make data entry for custom properties easier and more consistent, by removing redundancy, reducing data entry errors and by providing guided form for documentation. Using the Tab Builder will allow better and more consistent processes for design workflow. Starting the Property Tab Builder For a primer on the SOLIDWORKS Tab Builder […]

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Y Up, Z Up, Why Does Z Matter in SOLIDWORKS?

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SOLIDWORKS is built around a Y Axis Up orientation and that’s fine when you deal only in SOLIDWORKS, but what about other apps that need to work with SOLIDWORKS data? What seems like a small discrepancy can cause quite a bit of pain and no fun in other apps. So if you’re in this scenario, don’t worry this blog will walk you through a few workflows to consider to help ease that pain. Some companies know they’re going to be […]

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Reactivating Your SolidNetwork License Manager

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Whether you have recently added seats to your SolidNetwork License, renewed your subscription, or have had any trouble with your activation, it is sometimes necessary to reactivate your SolidNetwork Licenses in the License Manager Server application. Regardless of the reason, reactivating your network license can be done by following these easy steps: In order to reactivate the license, first go to the Start Menu on the server computer and open the SolidNetwork License Manager Server application. Before reactivation, it is […]

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Neutral Axis, Shear Center and Beam Meshing in SOLIDWORKS Simulation

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Beam meshing has been available in SOLIDWORKS Simulation for many years and is an excellent way to represent structural members in the analysis of frame assemblies. Beams are one dimensional line elements that incorporate the cross-sectional properties of the member into the element formulation instead of explicitly capturing the details as with a solid mesh. This allows the efficient calculation of axial, shear and bending stresses within the member, whereas a solid mesh can become prohibitively large since it requires […]

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