SOLIDWORKS Inspection: Simplify and Automate your First Article Inspection Process

SOLIDWORKS Inspection: Simplify and Automate your First Article Inspection Process Paperwork….UGH! It seems never ending when designing new products. One of the most important tasks after designing is the in-process or receiving Inspection process. What if there was a software to make that task easier, faster and with minimal errors? We have the tool for you! Introducing SOLIDWORKS Inspection. This tool is a First Article Inspection (FAI) tool that will simplify and automate the process of ballooning inspection drawings and […]

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SOLIDWORKS Composer makes 2D and 3D technical communication easy and up to date

SOLIDWORKS Composer makes 2D and 3D technical communication easy and up to date Companies put a significant amount of time and money into developing the products they sell.  It is important for them to be assembled correctly and quickly, and to provide a good first impression with the end user.  SOLIDWORKS Composer provides the tools to start creating product documentation earlier in the design process, keep it updated with design changes, and deliver it on time.Enhance product communication and marketing […]

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Creaform 3D Scanning: How to Scan the Human Body With the GoScan50

How to Scan the Human Body With the Creaform GoScan50 Creaform has an impressive range of handheld 3D Scanners that can record hundreds of thousands of points of data every second with up to 30 micron accuracy, but how would we go about scanning the human body? The high accuracy and tracking targets are great for scanning large objects to perform high accuracy inspections and for reverse engineering, but you don’t really need that kind of accuracy for the human […]

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Reverse Engineering with Creaform and SOLIDWORKS

Reverse Engineering with Creaform and SOLIDWORKS The hand held Creaform 3D scanners are a great addition to your Inspection lab to speed up bottlenecks and get more info quicker on your parts, but they can also be used for quick and effective reverse engineering. Once we have all of this scanned data acquired, we can use the VXElements software to extract all of the useful information we might need to build up a new part or a variation of the […]

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CATI Serving the Community

Serving the Community Computer Aided Technology, LLC is growing. We now have offices in over 20 locations, covering over 1/3 of the United States. With multiple offices, this gives CATI employees the opportunity and privilege to serve the many communities that we work and live in.     Recently the Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri put on their 38th Annual Fashion Show to benefit inpatient and outpatient cancer services. Our office in St. Louis was proud to […]

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Stratasys 3D Printing: Simplifying the 3D Printing Process with GrabCAD Print

Simplifying the 3D Printing Process with GrabCAD Print   GrabCAD Print has been partnered with Stratasys make the entire process smoother from start to finish to managing everything in between. Even monitoring and reporting the usage of all the printers in the office too.     For as long as 3D printing has been around you have always needed to convert your CAD file into a STL file to be able to process and print it. It has always been […]

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Stratasys 3D Printing: F123’s New Calibration Part

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 […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Macros Redux For the SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic Project

Macros Redux For the SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic Project   Several years past, I took a look at macro functions within the SOLIDWORKS Schematic tool.  Macros are a predefined section of symbols and circuits that speed up our design with reuse of existing work. The advantage being that instead of having to open an existing project and copy – paste, users can simply place a macro on any project from the library panel and place on a page.   A new […]

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3D Printing: What to Print with Your New Makerbot

What to Print with Your New Makerbot   Let’s say you’re one of the lucky people who got a new MakerBot Replicator Plus 3D Printer for Christmas. Now what do you do with it? You have seen all the amazing things people have been creating with them and you’re wondering where to start. You probably know a bit about how to try and make your own STL models from scratch using a CAD program, but if you’re not lucky enough […]

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Stratasys 3D Printing: Accuracy of Stratasys FDM vs. Hobbiest FDM Machines

Accuracy of Stratasys FDM vs. Hobbiest FDM Machines   What is the actual difference between Stratasys FDM machines and hobbiest FDM Printers?   There are so many FDM machines out there on the market today that utilize FDM technology and it can be hard to distinguish between them. Parts off one machine can look just as good as parts off a different one. But one of the main things to take into consideration is Reliability and Repeatability. If you are […]

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