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


SOLIDWORKS: Meshing Errors in SOLIDWORKS Plastics 2016

Meshing Errors in SOLIDWORKS Plastics 2016   When trying to mesh a runner system with the part in SOLIDWORKS 2016, you may end up getting errors that don’t give you a clue to what is wrong. For instance, take a look at this message: when sewing connector, it without any face error!! This message came up when I was creating a solid mesh. Not sure if the message is a direct translation from another language but it doesn’t give you any direction on what is causing it or even what to change.     I had to follow some logic in this situation. Seeing that the runner mesh was not

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Posted in Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, Design Validation, General Info, Simulation

SOLIDWORKS: Revolving Open Sketches

Revolving Open Sketches in  SOLIDWORKS   What’s the craic, fellow SOLIDWORKS users?   Today, in honor of the upcoming Irish holiday, I have designed a hat that a leprechaun would wear. My leprechaun clothing line will be coming out later this year.     To create the hat, I did a simple revolved boss/base, starting with five lines, and a construction line to serve as the revolve axis. When I went into the revolve command, I got the pop up seen below:     What SOLIDWORKS was trying to ask me:   Yes – Do I want to change the original sketch by closing the profile so that I can

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Creaform 3D Scanners: Reverse Engineering the Death Star

Reverse Engineering the Death Star   No, I’m not on my way to becoming the next Emperor Palpatine, so no worries there.   Last Christmas season, my family found a Death Star Planetarium while shopping.  We had the idea of using it as a tree topper for our Christmas tree.  Our only problem was how to get it to stay.  It came with a stand, but it didn’t immobilize the Death Star. I could get calipers and other measuring tools out, but that doesn’t result in the best accuracy.  The answer came in using the Creaform 3D scanners.  I have only been using scanners and their software VXelements for a

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Posted in 3D Scanning, Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, Design Validation, Digital Prototyping, Modeling, Rapid Prototyping

SOLIDWORKS: How the Shell Can I Manage My SOLDIWORKS Simulation Shell Elements?

How the Shell Can I Manage My SOLDIWORKS Simulation Shell Elements?   If you were enticed by the title of this blog, then you are probably already aware of what a shell is and why they are so valuable. For those who are not aware, they are, in this context, a 2D element used in SOLIDWORKS Simulation. I will not bore you with too many details about shell elements, but instead show you some nifty techniques to help you manage and create shells more efficiently. Shells are defined by manually inputting several properties each time a body is converted to a shell element from a solid element. Who would want

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Stratasys 3D Printing: F123’s New Calibration Part

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NEW FDM F123 Calibration Part   The new line of FDM machines but Stratasys, the F123 series, is out and it has even more upgrades than you can shake a stick at. One of those is the new Calibration Part for the new Print Heads. It uses less material, is larger, and is easier to read.     If your not familiar with the old FDM calibration part it looked like this.     It worked well but there were some issues with it. This part works but picking the point where the support material is in the middle of the road of two lines of model material. You pick

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Posted in Digital Prototyping

SOLIDWORKS: Weldments – Creating Curved and Nonstandard Miters

Weldments – Creating Curved and Nonstandard Miters   Using SOLIDWORKS Weldments is a huge time saver when it comes to creating welded structures, frames, and structural members, but if you’ve used Weldments long enough, you’ve probably found out that the End Miter Corner Treatment only applies a 45-degree miter.   This is great for right angled beams using the same Weldment Profile but not so great for multiple profiles of different sizes and nonstandard edge angles.   Let’s look at the following example:     This will be our Weldment Path. Take note of the two circled edges. One is a standard 90-degree angle while the other is a nonstandard

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SOLIDWORKS: Opening a Part/Assembly from the BOM

Opening a Part/Assembly in SOLIDWORKS from the BOM   One of the great advantages of using SOLIDWORKS is its ease of use. Just about everything you want to do is one or two clicks away. Often when you are in an assembly, you need to jump back forth between the drawing and the components in the assembly. One of our customers ran into an issue where they were trying to open a part from the BOM but could not. In previous versions of SOLIDWORKS, they could just right click on the component or assembly and select open. However, the customer did not have that option available any longer. See illustration

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Posted in Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, Drawings, General Info, SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks

SOLIDWORKS: Running Multiple Monitors with SOLIDWORKS 2017

Running Multiple Monitors with SOLIDWORKS 2017     So, this question comes up a lot: “Should I run with extra monitors?”   “Yes, yes you should”, is my typical answer.   The industry has come to a common consensus that having more than on monitor does increase productivity. The following metric from a University of Utah studies are numbers that are agreed upon by many researchers from Intel to Microsoft.   Multi-Monitor vs Single Monitor Display. 45% Easier task tracking (finding windows, reference information, etc.) 38% Easier to move around sources of information 32% Faster to perform tasks 29% More effective for tasks 28% Easier task focus 24% More comfortable

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Posted in CAD Administration, Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, General Info, Maximizing SolidWorks Performance

SOLIDWORKS: Weldment Document Properties

Weldment Document Properties   There are some weldment default behaviors that go unnoticed. This blog will explain them in detail.   There are a few Document Properties we are exploring. To get to these options, go to Tools > Options > Document Properties tab. Or, use the Options Icon located in the Menu Bar.   The properties are separated into 2 sections: Cut List options and Weldment options.     Let’s dig into the Cut list options first.   Nothing Checked:     This model has 1 weldment structure with 3 groups. When no cut list options are checked, the items are listed separately and not organized by size or

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