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

When was the last time you updated your video card drivers?

Anytime there is a major upgrade to Solidworks, it is always a good rule of thumb to make sure your computer is running a tested and recommended graphics card and the most up to date drivers. The first thing you will want to check is what graphics card and driver version you are currently running. The easiest way to do this is to open your Solidworks RX application (located in your list of programs under Solidworks tools). There will be a tab inside the RX window labeled ‘diagnostics’. There it will list the brand name of your card and the driver version you currently have installed. The next step is

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Posted in General Info

Does your VRML file look jagged?

With the increasing popularity and interest in rapid prototyping, one of the file formats used for the ZCorp printer is VRML.  This file type allows us to print our parts with color, but when you save the part file there is no options to control the quatlity of the file.  This is actually controled by the image quality setting in SolidWorks system options under the document properties.  The higher the image quality the smoother the lines.  Therefore, next time you are printing parts on a ZCorp printer and have a lot of rough edges on your parts check your image quality before saving your VRML file. Bryan Pawlak,

Posted in Digital Prototyping

COSMOS Network License (with SolidWorks standalone license) – Setting up Host ID-based licensing

Users Often Get Confused about using COSMOS network seats with SolidWorks stand alone licenses. This is not an uncommon scenario as companies want to save money and share the same COSMOS seat amongst multiple users. Here is a low down on what needs to be done. Instructions to use COSMOS 2008 with a SolidNetWork License (SNL) file: 1. Save and unzip the SNL_AllowMultHostIDs.zip to any location on the server. (call CATI 888-285-2284 or email us support@cati.com)2. Clicks on the Registry file SNL_AllowMultHostIDs.reg – This modifies to following registry location to make Host-ID-based licensing option available in the SNL Manager[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SolidWorks] "SNL Allow Multiple Host IDs"="1        Note: Action only needed

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Posted in Simulation

Do you like the new in-context toolbars in SolidWorks 2008?

As you first notice, there is a big change in the interface in SolidWorks 2008.  With this interface change SolidWorks is trying to increase your productivity by minimizing your mouse movements.  However, I have found that some users still prefer the older methods.  Are you annoyed by the little icons that appear whenever you click on something?  Do you want to have them back into the right click menu as words and not just icons?  To revert back to the older set-up, go to Tools>Customize.  There is a section for Context Toolbar Settings.  If “Show on selection” is checked, whenever you click on a face, feature, sketch, etc., an in-context

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Posted in SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks

SolidWorks Toolbars 2008 -vs- 2007

Check out this article written by Jim Krivoshein in our latest CATI TechLink Newsletter.  It explains all of the difference between the toolbars in 2008 vs 2007.  It explains the new toolbar features and how to make changes to them, it even shows how to get the right click menus back the way they looked in 2007 if that is what you want. http://www.cati.com/articles/articles_2008/Tech0308JK.html Design Better Keith Schaefer

Posted in SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks

CATIA Translator

A cost effective conversion tool to pull data from a CATIA?  I have fielded the question from customers on the support line time and time again.  “My customer has sent me parts in the form of a CATIA file, how can I open the file and use the data?”  Up to this point the answer has always been a translator from a third party vendor.  Most of these translations have been done on a file by file basis, or a more costly file translator has been purchased.  While talking to some other support techs a few days ago it was brought up that the new Adobe 3D may have a

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Posted in SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks

Round to Nearest Fraction

Round To Nearest Fraction I have been looking for this for a while. But in the past couple weeks I have gotten a few questions on what happened to the check box in the units properties for “Round to Nearest Fraction”.  If you are looking at your drawing and you have mixed dimensions (Fractional and Decimal) and want to change them all to fractional you need to go under Tools>Options>Document Properties>Units. Make sure your length is set to Feet & Inches, Decimals – None, Use whatever denominator you would like and the next box is the “More” box. If you click on the three dots you can check either to

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Posted in SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks

Save Sheet Metal Parts Directly to DXF or DWG!

Hello everyone.  In the past couple of releases of SolidWorks I have received questions from several different companies about how to save from a sheet metal part directly to a DXF or DWG file that you can take to a laser or plasma cutter.  When the question came again today I figured that maybe if I add this little bit of info to the blog some users may find it useful.  Previous to SolidWorks 2008 I would have called this a limitation, or shared a macro with the customer that allowed them to do just that.  SolidWorks 2008 now allows us to do exactly what those customers were asking for

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Posted in SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks

Having Trouble Keeping Track of Your SolidWorks Activations?

As some of you may or may not know starting with SolidWorks 2007 SP3.0 SolidWorks has moved away from a Registration Code for controlling SolidWorks licenses and has moved to Activation Based licensing of SolidWorks Products. This new way of licensing SolidWorks has made is a lot easier for customers to install and get their software up and running but has made it harder for CAD administrators to keep track of who and where their SolidWorks licenses have been activated. We at CATI Tech Support have seen many customers run into these issues as employees have left companies and new employees have started or as computers have been upgraded within

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Posted in CAD Administration

SolidWorks License Activation and Deactivation

SolidWorks now uses online License Activation instead of a registration code as of SolidWorks 2007 SP 3.1 for standalone seat licensing. You get one Activation per SolidWorks license.   To Activate a License ·     The first time you start a newly installed version of SolidWorks it should automatically ask if you want to activate your seat. If not go to the Help menu in SolidWorks and select “Activate Licenses”  ·     Follow the onscreen instructions, and prompts. Fill out the form with the required information. ·     The activation will take some time to process as it communicates with the SolidWorks License Server. ·     You will

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Posted in CAD Administration

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