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

SOLIDWORKS: Speeding up selections in Composer

Speeding up selections in SOLIDWORKS Composer   There are many functions that can help speed up your workflow in SOLIDWORKS Composer, I want to talk about one called Selections Sets. Selection Sets have been in Composer since day one but I don’t come across many users taking advantage of them. They allow you to repeatedly select a defined group of actors with one click of the mouse. If this sounds vaguely familiar, it may be because Selection Sets were added into SOLIDWORKS 2015.   Creating Selection Sets is easy. Select the desired actors and click the Create Selection Set button on the Assembly tab. If you’re more of a keyboard

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

SOLIDWORKS: Bend Note Formatting

Bend Note Formatting     Bend notes, in your sheet metal part drawings, are a clear way to provide the required information for manufacturing. They can be automatically inserted into the flat pattern drawing view. These bend notes will describe the bend direction, bend angle, and bend radius for each bend, within SOLIDWORKS.     In many cases, the manufacturer will have to determine the exact bend radius based on their tooling options. If this is your scenario, you may desire to have this bend radius information omitted from the bend note. The brute force method is to edit each note individually and remove this portion of the text. Another

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

INSPECTING 3D Printed Prototypes with 3D Scanner Technology

INSPECTING 3D Printed Prototypes with 3D Scanner Technology   Within the last 10 years CAD software has risen to new heights, giving the user more control over their designs and allowing them to create more curved surfaces on parts. In the manufacturing world, manufacturing processes have evolved to meet the designers demands breaking through walls of tighter tolerances and high complexity.   What does this all mean? Well, if you’re you in the QC department, this means you have an unrealistic task of inspecting parts using traditional methods. For many decades, inspecting parts with calipers, micrometers, straight bars and even rulers have sufficed, but it wasn’t until CAD software gave

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Posted in 3D Scanning, Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, Rapid Prototyping

SOLIDWORKS Electrical: Report Short Cuts, I Mean Links

Report Short Cuts, I Mean Links   Work faster with keyboard shortcuts in SOLIDWORKS Electrical; one benefit of using them is time.   There have been studies that show that using keyboard shortcuts allows computer users to work 10 times faster than working with the mouse. The time you spend looking for the mouse and then getting the cursor to the position you need is lost time! Reducing the working time by 10 brings you greater efficiency.   I seem to be referencing a few past blogs in my postings and this one is no exception.  Previously I had discussed how to find or create keyboard shortcuts: SOLIDWORKS ELECTRICAL: CTRL-F –

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Posted in Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, SolidWorks Electrical, SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks

SOLIDWORKS: Rectangles with Construction Lines

Rectangles with Construction Lines   Hello fellow geometry enthusiasts, I’m here, once again, to blow your minds.   I have drawn hundreds of rectangles in SOLIDWORKS, heck maybe even thousands, and never have I noticed the option to “Add Construction Lines.”     This little option can create construction lines from the midpoints or from the corners for any rectangle type.   I’m talking corner.   I’m talking center.   I’m talking parallelogram.   I’m talking three point center.   I’m talking three point corner.   All of these bad boys can have construction lines.   All this time I thought it was only a center rectangle thing, but now

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

Stratasys 3D Printing: Reducing Time and Costs of Composite Tooling with FDM

Reducing Time and Costs of Composite Tooling with FDM     3D Printing your master tooling for a composite layup part can be a great way to reduce time to part and overall costs. Composite tools made with Stratasys’ FDM technology are just as effective and can create parts of the same quality as traditional methods. With traditional manufacturing methods, the time and cost to produce a tool drastically increases with its complexity. However, this is not the case with 3D printing. This introduction to composite tooling with Stratasys FDM will help you decide if FDM is the right process for your needs.   Using FDM for this application is

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Posted in Rapid Prototyping

Creaform 3D Scanning: Colormap, the Quick Go/No-Go of Inspection

Colormap, the Quick Go/No-Go of Inspection   The HandyScan 700 is a great tool for inspecting parts for Quality Control engineers.  Using VxElements, PPAP inspection reports can be created being as simple or as complicated as needed.  After importing a CAD model, either .iges or .stp, the scan can be compared to the “perfect” CAD model.  One of the useful tools within VxElements is the ability to create a colormap of the differences between the CAD model and the scan.  This can be based on a surface best fit reference frame or a datum reference frame.  This can be used as a quick go/no-go of whether a part overall is

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Posted in 3D Scanning, Design Validation, Digital Prototyping

SOLIDWORKS: Simulation Load – Torque Vs Moment of Force

Simulation Load – Torque Vs Moment of Force   What is the difference between torque and moment of force? Depending on who you talk to, you will get different and confusing answers. The truth is that moment of force (often known simply as moment) and torque are equivalent. Not so in SOLIDWORKS Simulation, though. We will investigate the differences between the two.   I encountered a small issue with torque loads in simulation and after inspecting the help file, I was still confused. I spent some time to clear up this issue and hopefully you will find this information useful.   The issue that started this quest for understanding was

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Posted in Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, Simulation, SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks

SOLIDWORKS: MBD 3D PDF – Enable 3D Content by Default in Adobe Reader

Enable 3D Content by Default in Adobe Reader   If you’ve either created or received a 3D PDF, you’ve probably seen this message across the top of your Adobe Reader:     3D Content in Adobe Reader is disabled by default, and if you select Options, you can ‘Trust this document one time only’ or ‘Trust this document always’.   If you select ‘Trust this document always’, the next time you open this specific 3D PDF the message will be gone, but if you open a different 3D PDF the message will display again; So, I’ll show you how to enable 3D content by default.   In the Adobe Reader

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

SOLIDWORKS: How to Create a Jog in a SOLIDWORKS Weld Symbol

How to Create a Jog in a SOLIDWORKS Weld Symbol   Drawings can often get cluttered and very busy. This can particularly happen when you have a large weldment drawing. Sometimes, you just want to complete the simplest task, but just can’t figure out how to accomplish it. We recently had a customer who had a very large drawing with several dimensions, balloons, and symbols. The customer just needed to adjust some of his weld symbols to fit them on his drawing but could not figure out how to create a jog in the symbol.   The SOLIDWORKS weld symbol feature has several options inside this command. You can create a

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