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SOLIDWORKS Freeze Bar: Enabling It and Using It

With the winter weather at our doorstep, I thought Freeze Bar Feature.  In 2012, SolidWorks introduced the Freeze Bar Feature. Why? To save users "time" by taking control of their models. Large models can really bog users down when it comes to rebuild time, especially when working with imported data, large data sets, or complex models. Users often find themselves waiting for SOLIDWORKS to rebuild multiple times for features and parts that we are working around for our design. The […]

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SOLIDWORKS Drawing View Labels

Have you ever wanted to create a view label in SolidWorks for a standard view or projected view?  As you know when you make a Detail or Section view, the view label automatically creates itself.  But for those standard Top, Front, or Isometric views, they are left behind.  Here is a step by step guide on how to not only add notes in a drawing to call out each view, but to also parametrically link to those views. Step 1, […]

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How far can you chuck a pumpkin? Let SOLIDWORKS Simulation solve it for you.

Every cool design starts with a dream.  But even simple designs run into complex challenges.  See how Jimmy easily handles mechanism optimization and dynamic impact with SOLIDWORKS Simulation to take his dream of being the world's Pumpkin Chunkin champion one step closer to reality. Click here to watch the video and see how SOLIDWORKS Simulation maximizes performance to help you go the distance. Happy Thanksgiving!!! Tracy GoldenMarketing AssistantComputer Aided Technology, Inc.

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How to insert a .jpg as a SOLIDWORKS decal

To insert a jpeg file as a SolidWorks decal, the jpeg file must be saved as a p2d file. Here are the steps to achieve this. 1. Pull down the PhotoView 360 menu. 2. Pick Edit Decal. 3. In the Decals Property Manager, click the Browse button under Image file path. 4. Browse to and select the jpeg image file and click Open. 5. Click Save Decal. This will save the image file as the decal p2d file extension. If […]

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Society of Plastics Engineers Kansas City Meeting – December 4, 2013

The next meeting of the Kansas City Chapter of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) will be held on December 4, 2013 at Smokehouse BBQ in Overland Park, KS. The topic for this meeting is "SOLIDWORKS Plastics: An Injection Molding Analysis Tool" presented by Jeff Osman, from SolidWorks. Meeting Info:December 4, 20135pm-8pmSmokehouse BBQ7121 West 135th St.Overland Park, KS 66223 Agenda:Social Hour – 5pm-6pmDinner – 6pm-7pmPresentation – 7pm-8pm Presentation Description: SOLIDWORKS Plastics brings easy-to-use injection molding simulation directly to the designers of […]

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SOLIDWORKS Composer – Create Better Instructions Without Photos

Improve accuracy, clarity, and cost efficiency with SOLIDWORKS Composer. With SOLIDWORKS Composer, you can produce assembly instructions, product documentation, even videos, using your CAD data instead of digital photos. When you create product instructions with SOLIDWORKS Composer: You'll eliminate the time, cost and re-work of product photo shoots Your product graphics will always sync fully with the most current CAD files Your instructions will be ready when the product is ready Watch the video and see the advantages of SOLIDWORKS Composer […]

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Learn How SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Takes the Complexity Out of CFD

When you design your products impacted by Fluid Flow, how do you: Estimate overheating risk on your heated components? Determine fluid characteristic such as pressure drop with confidence? Predict fluid forces impact on your design scenarios? SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation, empowered by unique technologies, enables Product Engineers to determine the fluid flow and heat transfer in their design and then get the technical insight they need for product innovation. Watch the video to discover how SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation tackles the most […]

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Behold the Power of SOLIDWORKS Enhancements

Some of the best things about each new year are the enhancements offered by the latest version of SolidWorks.  SOLIDWORKS Simulation has received several new enhancements to help view the results accurately. Prior to SOLIDWORKS 2014, in order to modify and edit the results of a study you would have to go to three separate locations.  You could edit the chart options, including showing min/max locations, changing the limits of the legend, and editing the color options.  These could be accessed […]

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The Importance of Design Intent for SOLIDWORKS Files

CATI's monthly contribution to the SOLIDWORKS Blog was posted this week. This month I chose to write about how to the importance of Design Intent when creating files in SolidWorks. The article is based upon a discussion about Design Intent that I had with group of students. The article talks about how Design Intent as defined in the SOLIDWORKS Help is "Design intent is how your model behaves when dimensions are modified", and how Design Intent goes much further than […]

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