SOLIDWORKS Crashing with Dual Graphics Cards

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When SOLIDWORKS crashes, it is often hard to diagnose exactly what is upsetting the application. A very common reason is due to the graphics card and driver. It is well known that there are certain cards and drivers that work best with SOLIDWORKS based on the computer, SOLIDWORKS version, and other characteristics. This information can be found using the following site: https://www.solidworks.com/support/hardware-certification. Out-of-date drivers and unsupported graphics cards are common reasons for SOLIDWORKS to become unstable. Another cause for crashing […]

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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 Inspection Standalone – Revving Up

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With any inspection documentation, having a clear plan for revisioning is a must have if not a requirement per certain standards. If you are currently using or investigating SOLIDWORKS Inspection and plan to use the standalone version, this will detail the path required to revision drawings. A first step to consider is comparing the two drawings first to see what changes have occurred prior to replacement. This can help to mentally identify dimensions that were added or changed. Dimensions that […]

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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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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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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. Within the application, go […]

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SOLIDWORKS – Creating Internal Volume – Combine (Subtract)

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Previously there have been a few CATI blogs written regarding the process of finding the internal volume of a part. Such methods include the commonly known Intersect command to achieve this task as well as the Delete Face command. This blog will touch on one more approach to that end goal which might prove useful to your circumstance. An alternative approach to identifying the internal volume of a part in SOLIDWORKS is by use of the Combine feature, specifically Combine […]

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