3d design

Coincident Vs. Pierce Sketch Relation in SOLIDWORKS

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Understanding how your sketch relations affect your model will help you avoid errors and unwanted results. Without the proper sketch relations, some commands will fail, results will twist or deform, or break later on in the editing process. The two sketch relations that most commonly get misused or mixed up are Coincident and Pierce. It can be challenging to know when to use the coincident or pierce relationship because in some situations they do appear to behave the same way. […]

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Fit Splines: Are There Any Limits?

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Hello Everyone! I would like to a moment to discuss an interesting but often overlooked command inside of SOLIDWORKS. That command is called the Fit Spline command. Now most of you have heard about splines but you may not be aware of the “Fit Spline”. “Fit Spline” is interesting in that you can take just about any sketch geometry and turn it into a spline by using this command. This can be a great way to get the functionality of […]

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CATI Demo Gallery Update: SOLIDWORKS, Simulation, 3DVIA, EPDM, and Objet 3D Printer Videos

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The new CATI Demo Gallery is full of great videos on a variety of topics ranging from SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD to 3D Printing and everything in between. Highlights: SOLIDWORKS – 3D Design SOLIDWORKS Simulation – Analysis SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM – Data Management 3DVIA Composer – Product Documentation Objet 3D Printers – Rapid Prototyping & 3D Printing >>Click here to view our videos   Jim TeDescoMarketingcomputer Aided Technology, Inc.

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How to create a Decal Mask using Paint.NET

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By default Decals are fully opaque so they’ll block all of the model behind them. Decals have controls to adjust their overall transparency but what if only a portion of the decal is transparent, this is where a Decal Mask file come to play. A Decal Mask is a black and white image of the original decal where the black areas of the decal are transparent and the white areas are opaque.

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