How to Change the Orientation of Imported and SOLIDWORKS Parts

CATI's monthly contribution to the SOLIDWORKS Blog was posted last week. This month I chose to dig up an older topic that still gets asked a lot on the support line and that is how to change the orientation of an imported or existing SOLIDWORKS model. The article takes you through the different processes for correcting the orientation of your model. To view the article use the link below. Josh Altergott Support Manager Computer Aided Technology, Inc.

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How to Design a Garage in SolidWorks

If you’re into home improvements like I am, it’s that time of the year to start designing your summer projects.  It’s going to be another eventful year at the Tadic household as I plan to have my dream garage/studio built.  This is all possible due to a local vocational school that has offered to build it for only $500 (I will have to pay for all materials).  Normally, I’d be pretty skeptical about a service like this, but fortunately I […]

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Stratasys’ New FDM Nylon 12 3D Printing Material Specs

Last month, Stratasys added the NEW FDM Nylon 12 material to its portfolio of available 3D printing materials. The FDM Nylon 12 is the same tough nylon material popular in traditional manufacturing. Nylon 12 parts built on a Fortus 3D Production System are the toughest in the industry, exhibiting 100-300 percent better elongation at break and superior fatigue resistance over other additive manufacturing(3D Printing) technologies. Nylon offers the best Z-axis lamination and highest impact strength of any FDM thermoplastic, as well […]

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SOLIDWORKS / Internet Explorer 11

November 7th marked the start of the push of IE11 to those Windows 7 users with auto-update turned on. Those with the preview builds will get the final bits first. Others will get them over a matter of weeks. Thanks for your efforts Microsoft, but now my SolidWorks will not run! If you have installed I.E. 11 and it has not affected your SOLIDWORKS, you are one of the few lucky ones. Currently I.E. 11 is not supported by SolidWorks. […]

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Access To More SOLIDWORKS Materials Than Ever

SolidWorks users know that the material database is by no means complete.  One of the enhancements of 2014 is access to the SOLIDWORKS Materials Web Portal at  To access this, the material database needs to be opened as shown below. Once this link has been opened a message will pop up as shown. By hitting “OK,” will open which appears as shown below. In this example we will be looking for a steel alloy to be used in […]

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Creating a ‘New View’ and ‘Saved View’ in SolidWorks

When creating drawings from part or assembly files, often users need alternative view other than the standard views: Front, Right, Left, Back, Top, Bottom, Isometric and More Views: Dimetric, Trimetric. When creating a drawing with a file already open, the Current Model View checkbox is an available option.            One option is to position the model in the part file and use Current Model View for a drawing view. This is a snapshot of the graphic […]

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SOLIDWORKS Make It Shell Webcast

Joins CATI and our guest presenter, Ed Eaton, Sr. Industrial Designer, Dimonte Group, for the January installment of our CATIpult Webcast Series. When:January 16, 201412pm-1:30pm Central TimeRegister Presentation Topic: Make It ShellWhen the Shell command works, it is amazing.  When it doesn’t work – that is when you need this session!  We will cover why Shells fail, how to diagnose the source of the problem, and some simple (and sometimes devious) tricks to always make your part Shell. Participants will walk […]

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Have you ever had the need to open a native CATIA Part or Product file in SolidWorks?  If the answer is yes, then you need to check out the CATIA V5 SOLIDWORKS Translator.  This is a separate product that you can purchase from your CATI product sales person and enables you to open CATPART and CATPRODUCT files up to R22 in SOLIDWORKS 2013 and 2014.  This is not an add-in but rather technology built into the already installed SOLIDWORKS software. […]

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Adding simple collaborative actors in SOLIDWORKS Composer

In SOLIDWORKS Composer, collaborative actors are markup tools, annotations, measurements, etc. that appear in a viewport. Today, I am going to show you how to create just a few of the many collaborative actors that you can create. The first one that we are going to create is an exploded line. After you have moved the geometry actor to it's desired location, then you can add the line. One way to add a single line is to go to Author, […]

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3D Printing For Injection Molding

Injection mold design, an art in itself, requires years of experience and a profound understanding of the injection molding process. Although the design considerations for creating and using a PolyJet mold are fundamentally the same as traditionally crafted molds, there are some variations. Tool designers should consider the following changes when creating a PolyJet mold as opposed to a conventional steel mold design. 1. DESIGNING THE MOLD• Increase draft angles as much as the part design allows. This will facilitate ejection and reduce stress on […]

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