SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Zeroes – #SW2018

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Zeroes – #SW2018 SOLIDWORKS 2018 now gives you more flexibility for displaying trailing zeroes in your dimensions. This delivers greater control of the precision of our dimension values. In SOLIDWORKS 2018 you can now independently control the behavior of the trailing zeroes for dimensions, tolerances, and property values. These new options exist under the file’s document properties settings. In the previous releases of SOLIDWORKS you can set the behavior of trailing zeroes. This is a […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Auto-Rotate View on Sketch Edit – #SW2018

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Auto-Rotate View on Sketch Edit – #SW2018 SOLIDWORKS 2018 has lots of exciting enhancements. Some of this new functionality will benefit everyone, while other enhancements might be applicable to specific industries. Here is a small enhancement that will prove to be a large time saver for all SOLIDWORKS users. In recent SOLIDWORKS releases, starting a new sketch will automatically rotate your model view. It positions your model so that the active sketch plane is “Normal […]

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Un-Boxing Your HandyScan 700

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  Getting your HandyScan 700 set up and ready to scan is a quick and easy process. This blog will highlight some of the key steps that you don’t want to miss. First step in unboxing your HandyScan 700 is going to be making sure all of the contents are there. Using the slots on the side of the foam, lift the foam and contents up enough to check for looks like a flat wood box. With all the necessary […]

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SOLIDWORKS DRAWINGS – Ballooning Exploded Views

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SOLIDWORKS DRAWINGS: Ballooning Exploded Views Assembly Drawings always contain an exploded view with the components ballooned to identify them in the Bill of Materials table. SOLIDWORKS has a great tool for automatically adding balloons to your assembly drawing view. This Auto Balloon command will make sure every component is ballooned and that no duplicate balloons are created. Another advantage of the Auto Balloon tool is that the balloon placement is neatly arranged around the view. You can specify the general […]

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Pedal to the Metal: 3D printing with Desktop Metal

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Desktop Metal 3D printers are the latest addition to our lineup of best-in-class product development solutions. This groundbreaking line of metal 3D printers finally provides a solution to the limitations seen with other metal 3D printers currently on the market—limitations in speed, materials, and accessibility. We’re happy to provide 3D metal printing solutions with Desktop Metal that are quick, affordable, and offer a variety of materials, such as steel, aluminum, titanium, and copper.   There’s been a lot of buzz […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Assemblies Slow to Open – Searching for References

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Assemblies Slow to Open – Searching for References   There are a few reasons why your SOLIDWORKS assembly file might take longer to open than you expect. It could be due to hardware, file management, or even some system option settings. One easy thing to check is the file reference setting in the SOLIDWORKS system options.   When SOLIDWORKS is opening an assembly file, there is a very specific order that the software is following as it searches for all […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Saving Selection Sets

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SAVING SELECTION SETS   Selecting geometry, as you model in SOLIDWORKS, can be time consuming. There are a few ways to speed up this process. You can box select, lasso select, control+click, or even use some of the advanced selection tools. Even with these options, It can still take a big chunk of your design time. If you must make the same selections frequently, it becomes both repetitive and painstaking.   To increase efficiency, you can save selection sets inside […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Inspection – Creating Custom OCR Dictionary

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SOLIDWORKS Inspection – Creating Custom OCR Dictionary     SOLIDWORKS Inspection is a very powerful tool used to speed up the inspection process. SOLIDWORKS Inspection exists in two different versions. There is a standalone version and a version that functions as an add-in inside SOLIDWORKS. The standalone version of SOLIDWORKS Inspection can open drawings in either PDF or TIFF file formats. Using SOLIDWORKS Inspection, you can balloon characteristics such as notes and dimensions. The program attempts to recognize the text […]

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CATI Sponsors Additive Manufacturing User Group (AMUG)

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CATI Sponsors Additive Manufacturing User Group (AMUG)   For the second straight year CATI is a Platinum sponsor at the Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG). Twenty eight years ago, this organization was formed as the Stereolithography users group. That first conference was formed by owners and users of Stereolithography equipment and as a way to help each other in this growing industry. Thus, the AMUG catch phrase “For Users, By Users”.   AMUG is an all-encompassing technology users group dedicated […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Creating Templates for Weldment Fabrication

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Creating Templates for Weldment Fabrication   We recently had a customer contact us looking for an easier way to fabricate some of their weldment components. The weldment contained some complex joints where three different pieces of steel tubing met at a corner. These joints also contained a mixture of square and rectangular profiles.   Specifically, this customer wanted to create paper templates to help him fabricate these complex joints. They would wrap these paper templates around the steel, trace the […]

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