3D Printing Technology Day

Chances are that you may have heard about or seen 3D printing. In recent months, it has been in the news, on TV shows, and even in the President’s State of the Union Speech. 3D printing is now a mainstream technology that has found its ways into various business applications and even home use. To learn more and to register for this event, visit We are opening our doors to anyone that would like to learn more about this cutting […]

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Free SOLIDWORKS from Performance Constraints (FSWPC-13-#8)

(Modeling Methodology – Files stored in an older version) All of the tests that you will see in the upcoming articles we are shifting from hardware to modeling methodology. In all of the modeling methodology tests we change one aspect of the software and run that against our Typical and Practical machines described in our previous articles and show how much the items effect both machine types. Our first test we are looking to see if the age of a […]

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SWUGN Summit – Chicago

The SWUGN Technical Summit is coming to the Chicago area on Tuesday, April 30th, 2013. The SWUGN Technical Summit is a one-day learning and networking event hosted by the SOLIDWORKS User Group Network and features technical presentations by local SOLIDWORKS experts. Two technical tracks include sessions on general SolidWorks functionality and specialty sessions on such topics as SOLIDWORKS Administration, Tips and Tricks, Simulation, and Rendering. The cost for this event is only $40.00 and includes sessions and meals.  Our very […]

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How do you reference Cut List custom properties in a SOLIDWORKS drawing?

There will be a time when you need a specific piece of information about a weldment to be called out. Whether it’s custom properties that you create or an existing one like Angle1, it can be linked to a note so that it automatically changes as the part is updated. Just as an example, I will show you how to create a custom property that does doesn't exist by default. Starting from the weldment property window, click on the Edit […]

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Free SOLIDWORKS from Performance Constraints (FSWPC-13-#7c)

(Hardware Testing – Graphics Cards) Now we reach the crux of the matter. What makes a difference in Graphics performance with SolidWorks? We discussed in our first graphics article (FSWPC-13-#7a) that while some of the graphics related functions were fairly inert other made a significant impact, either positive or negative, but these effects were fairly consistent across the spectrum of graphics card options. So still we can't tell much of a difference between a Quadro 600 and a Quadro k5000; […]

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Free SOLIDWORKS Certification for Subscription Service Customers

CATI's monthly contribution to the SOLIDWORKS Blog was posted this week. This month I chose to write how to get free SOLIDWORKS Certification Exams. The article details how customers who have an active Subscription Service Contract can access several of the certification exams that SolidWorks offers, such as the CSWP (Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional) or CSWA (Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate). To view the article use the link below. Free SolidWorks Certification for Subscription Service Customers Josh Altergott Support Manager Computer Aided Technology, […]

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Smarter Serial Numbers with SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM

Last week I showed you that you could use PigeonHole for smarter drop lists in your EPDM data cards. PigeonHole also has the ability to put EPDM serial numbers into your cards. With PigeonHole, if you want to use different serial numbers, enclose the name of the serial number between two pound symbols (#Serial Number#) as a choice in your drop lists. The user will see this choice, in this format, when picking from the list, but the choice will be converted […]

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Free SOLIDWORKS Training – Upgrading SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM to 2013

Join us on April 22, 2013 from 2pm-3:30pm Central Time for this virtual training event.  There is no cost to attend this presentation. This is a lecture style class covering how to upgrade your SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM server, web viewer, and clients.  Also, you will learn some basics regarding the Workgroup architecture and get an opportunity to ask the experts questions about your Workgroup implementation.  Space is limited – Register NOW The following items will be covered: General review of […]

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Quick Selection of Faces to Draft

Imagine you have a model with thousands of faces that you need to add draft, how do you select all of them? Here is a great tip from our good friend Alin Vargatu, from Javelin. Here he shows how you can quickly select all faces on your model that need their draft modified. [youtube][/youtube] I love Alin’s work. I’ve been begging him to give a little blog love to those of us who live south of the border for years. […]

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Free breadboard design software

The other day, a customer was asking me about raspberry pi's and sharing breadboard designs with others. A good and free option is a tool from  Interaction Design Lab at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam. Its an easy software to use and work with and there are libraries from Adafruit, one of my favorite electrical vendors in New York. Check it out. Bob McGaughey, CSWE Computer Aided Technology, Inc.

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