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SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks and Info on Professional 3D Printing with Stratasys from the Technical staff of CATI

SOLIDWORKS: Adding Zone Location to Detail Views and Annotation Notes in Drawings

Adding Zone Location to Detail Views and Annotation Notes in Drawings   Adding to Views, such as Detail View. Select the Detail View, then go to Insert, Annotations, Location Label.     The symbol with the Zone Location will be added to the Detail View.     Notice the ‘Detail A’ is in B7 on Sheet 1.  The number ‘1’ is the drawing sheet number and the B7 is the zone location of ‘Detail A’     This format can be changed if desired, under the Location Label ‘Settings’.           In the symbol, you can control what’s on the top or bottom of the symbol.    

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Stratasys 3D Printing: New FDM Nylon 12CF

Stratasys Releases New FDM Nylon 12CF   Stratasys recently introduced a great addition to their FDM Nylon family by announcing FDM Nylon 12CF, with CF standing for Carbon-Filled. Nylon 12CF allows users to print high-performance parts with superior stiffness-to-weight ratio. This opens up the door to even more opportunities to replace metal tooling with stronger, printed plastic parts. Some of these opportunities include applications such as end-of-arm-tooling, metal forming, bracketry, jigs and fixtures, and drill guides.     Nylon 12CF Quick Facts   This blend of carbon filled nylon contains a 35% chopped carbon fiber fill. Compared to other available FDM materials, it has the highest flexural strength. Since the

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Creaform Scanning: Koenigsegg Partners with Creaform

Koenigsegg Partners with Creaform to Certify the Quality Standards of its Hypercar Lineup         Koenigsegg hypercars have received a lot of attention lately with the APEX: The Story of the Hypercar (currently available on Netflix). You may also have seen in your newsfeed for the past few weeks Top Gear’s World Exclusive Drive of the Koenigsegg Regera. Koenigsegg is also fresh out of Monterey Car Week and Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. With Ferrari, McLaren, Porsche and Bugatti also in the market, one thing is for sure: Koenigsegg is certainly carving an enviable reputation for itself!     Already integrating 3D printing and 3D scanning in the development

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Sheetmetal Corner Relief – #SW2017

Sheetmetal Corner Relief   New in SOLIDWORKS 2017 is the updated Property Manager for corner relief, because there is a multitude of relief possibilities for different flange corners you needed a chart for “what works where”, the redesign Property Manager allows logical selection for 2 Bend or 3 Bend corner flanges with “Collect all Corners” auto selection.         Select the Corner Type, will separate the type of corner reliefs available for 2 Bend or 3 Bend. Scope is the selection of the Sheetmetal option. Select “Collect all Corners” will populate all corners that fall into Corner selection. Define Corner will auto populate faces that define the corner. Relief Types will

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Change Sheet Format for Multiple Sheets at the Same Time – #SW2017

Change Sheet Format for Multiple Sheets at the Same Time   One of the enhancements in SOLIDWORKS Drawings in 2014 was to allow the use of a second sheet format as new sheets are added.  With SOLIDWORKS 2017, even greater flexibility has been allowed.  We can now use multiple sheet formats in Drawing files and can pick and choose which sheets receive the new format.   First, right-click on the Drawing sheet and select “Properties.”   Second, make the desired changes in sheet format.   Third, select “Select Sheets to Modify” and then choose which sheets will receive the change.     Last, select “Apply Changes.”   I hope this

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Chamfer Enhancements – #SW2017

Chamfer Enhancements   SOLIDWORKS 2017 brings some new functionality to the chamfer command. Here we can see a change in the chamfer command menus. 2017 on the left and 2016 on the right. Even though they have changed to icons, the first three options are the same:   Angle distance, Distance Distance, Vertex.       SOLIDWORKS 2017 expands the functionality with Offset Face and Face Face chamfers. In the first example the chamfer is first measured using the distance distance method. The chamfer is created by measuring 10mm away from the vertex down each edge.       The offset face offsets the faces adjacent to the edge selected by

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SOLIDWORKS with a Steam Controller

SOLIDWORKS with a Steam Controller Many SOLIDWORKS users like to have their shortcuts at a quick access to help improve their production throughout the day. Sometimes, pull-down menus and those from the “right click” may take a bit more time to search and find the command you’re looking for – thus slowing down your production time. In fact, the older generation would still like to see more digitizer pads in order to escape that. There is a way for many of us today to program an unbelievable number of shortcuts to one device. 3D controllers are in use today to help with that burden, but many of those may be beyond

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SOLIDWORKS 2016 Curve Driven Component Pattern

Recently I was asked about pattern choices in an assembly model and specifically how using a Curve Driven Pattern vs a Circular Pattern might give the user better results. For instance, the request was to have a way to pattern a set of parts along a circular edge without forcing each instance to always be pointing towards the center of this circular edge. So I started with an assembly that had three parts mated together some distance from the Origin. Next I created a new assembly level sketch to act as my layout or specifically a construction circle based with the center at the assembly origin:   Now I am

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Cake Cutout Conundrum*

A company employee brought a chocolate cake to the office with the intention of cutting it in half so that each half could be shared with the sales and technical groups at their separate weekly meetings. The office manager, who would not be attending either meeting, decided to take her share of the tasty treat before the cake was divided. Knowing that each group in the office appreciated equality, the cake baker was in a tough situation. The office manager’s cut removed a rectangular piece in a random position and orientation, making it nearly impossible to make a clean cut that would divide the cake evenly. Being an extremely clever

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Stratasys J750 Roadshows

Join Us For Our Stratasys J750 Roadshow and meet the World’s First Full Color Multi-Material 3D Printer! The Stratasys J750 isn’t just our latest innovation. It’s yours. It’s any shape you can imagine, any color you can dream of, and any detail words can’t express — made tangible in a matter of hours. And it’s knowing for sure that your next big thing is as spectacular as you envisioned. The Stratasys J750 3D Printer lends form and substance to your brightest ideas and boldest ambitions with lifelike colors and materials that make uncertainty obsolete. Be the first to see the NEW Stratasys J750 at our upcoming Roadshow events. When and

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