Chamfering Surfaces in SOLIDWORKS

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If you do a lot of surface modeling in SOLIDWORKS, you may have gone bonkers looking for the chamfer command. Don’t worry, a conniving coworker did not modify your toolbar layout. Unfortunately, this is a limitation of the software. You cannot use the chamfer feature on surface bodies. The chamfer command is not even visible if your part consists of only surface bodies. Let’s explore two different methods of working around this limitation. These methods do require a few additional […]

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How to Open SOLIDWORKS 2013 Files in SOLIDWORKS 2012 SP5

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Throughout the years, almost all of our customers have asked at one time or another, "Can I open files from the newest version of SolidWorks into a previous version?" The answer has always been, "No. The latest version of SOLIDWORKS uses newer technology that is not compatible with the older technology of previous versions of SolidWorks." As a result, customers have had to be careful when they upgrade to make sure that they stay compatible with their customers, suppliers, and […]

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Windows 8 & SOLIDWORKS 2012 Test Drive

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     I just had to. With the Release to Manufacturing of Windows 8 already here I had to take it for a test drive. It is available as an evaluation copy from the MS website. It was a 2.5gb downloaded .iso file which when put onto a bootable USB stick, (because really who uses a DVD player anymore?) installed with out any issues on an older Dell M6300 in less than 10 minutes. The thing that is striking about the […]

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NEW SmartDimension functionality in SW2012

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Wondering why sometimes in SOLIDWORKS 2012 you have to hit the ESC key multiple times to exit out of the Smart Dimension command ? Think there is something wrong ? Turns out you are just missing out on some new functionality with the Dimension command in SOLIDWORKS 2012 ! The ESC key will let you “back up” thru your picks that you have made in the Smart Dimension command. Let’s say you selected two things to dimension between and then […]

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Creating a view of a single structural weldment in Solidworks

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If you create a structural member in SOLIDWORKS 2012 that has two or more members mitered to each, it causes the drawing view of that structural member to show all the members that are mitered together. The first picture that you see there was created using one structural member/one group. However what if you wanted a drawing view of just one of those members and not all of them you would either have to split them up into multiple structural […]

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Register for the December Installment of the SOLIDWORKS Webcast Series – SOLIDWORKS 2012 Costing Feature

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Friday, December 9th – 11 AM CT New Costing Features in SOLIDWORKS 2012 Allows for development of instant, repeatable and accurate quotes. Process precise quotes faster! Presented by: Todd Trein and Elton Smith SOLIDWORKS Territory Technical Managers, Central Area This webinar will detail: Costing feature in SOLIDWORKS, SOLIDWORKS Sustainability, SOLIDWORKS Simulation, and 3DVIA Composer. The seminar is approximately one hour in duration. >Register Here **When registering, be sure to list Computer Aided Technology, Inc.(CATI) as your SOLIDWORKS Reseller. For companies […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2012 Enhancement – SOLIDWORKS Sustainability

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Sustainability has a new, advanced user interface that allows you to more closely model processes, with parameters like recycled content and duration of use. You also have access to the latest Sustainability Extras materials as soon as they become available—without waiting for service packs or new releases. Benefits: More accurately model your products with new “what if” scenarios and better support for unique and custom materials, beyond the standard SOLIDWORKS material database.

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SOLIDWORKS 2012 Enhancement – 3DVIA Composer Enhanced Lifelike Experience

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Enhanced Lifelike Experience enables you to add part-to-part shadows, ambient occlusion, and shadows to 2D panels with precise control for a more 3D appearance. A glow effect can also be added to highlight specific areas of interest. Benefits: Take precise control over your 3DVIA Composer renderings and add a more lifelike appearance to your visualizations.

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