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Free SolidWorks from Performance Constraints (FSWPC-13-#11)
(Modeling Methodology - SolidWorks Image Quality) SolidWorks has the capability to display designs vividly with extremely high Image Quality and while this feature allows for a model with extremely high resolution, in general, they are not needed for everyday modeling [more...
Creating Section Views in SolidWorks 2013
CATI's monthly contribution to the SolidWorks Blog was posted this week. This month I chose to write about how section views have changed with SolidWorks 2013. The article is based upon a some common questions that we get into our [more...
eDrawings – Invalid file type I ran across this recently with a customer. On 1 machine, they could not open Pro/E files. An error occurred – “File type not supported”. It took us a while to get to answer. It [more...
Thumbnails: A picture is worth a 1,000 words
Are you getting these.. Instead of these?? Then you have some settings to pay attention to. Mostly this issue shows up in your SolidWorks file open menu or even in Windows explorer. There are a few things to check, by [more...
Free SolidWorks from Performance Constraints (FSWPC-13-#13)
(Modeling Methodology - Level of Detail) There are many opportunities to display minute levels of detail with SolidWorks. Displaying this high level of detail while working with large assemblies or very complex geometry will be detrimental to performance. We have [more...
Free SolidWorks from Performance Constraints (FSWPC-13-#12)
(Modeling Methodology - RealView Graphics) SolidWorks has the capability to display designs vividly with RealView Graphics. While these features allow for a very pretty and realistic model in general they are not needed for everyday modeling. RealView Graphics and Shadows [more...
Copy/Paste Sketch Based Features in SolidWorks
Have you ever tried to save time by copying an existing sketched based cut extrude only to find out that when you pasted this new copy that the orientation was flipped around 180 degrees from the original? If so, I [more...
Errors in your SolidWorks title block
Recently on support I got a call from a customer that was having an issue with errors in the title block. When they opened a drawing, the title block had errors in it. Hopefully, you haven’t seen this issue before [more...
Making changes is an integral part of the design process. File location and name changes happen all the time. Often times, these changes occur in parts that have references to other models. When such a change is made and this [more...
Free SolidWorks from Performance Constraints (FSWPC-13-#10)
(Modeling Methodology - SolidWorks options set to optimal) SolidWorks, like any other advanced software application has configuration options to allow users to tailor the environment and the functionality to their needs. These options can be adjusted to provide maximum performance [more...
Make: Camera Slider Project
I while back I was speaking with about the raspberry pi, a credit sized computer that runs a Linux OS with the purpose of teaching you about programming and building your own electrical projects with motors, sensors, and other forms [more...
How-to: SolidWorks Chamfer Single Slot Edge
By: Jim Krivoshein Goal: Chamfer one side of a slot. Understand why chamfers don't stop as expected. Background: Chamfers have an option (Tangent Propagation)similar to Fillets. Desired chamfer should only be on one edge of a slot, but achieving this [more...
Batch process title block change
At my previous employer we went through a very minor title block change on our SolidWorks drawings. I spent close to a month on the task opening each file and modifying it. I now know a much faster and hands [more...
3D Printing Technology Day
Chances are that you may have heard about or seen 3D printing. In recent months, it has been in the news, on TV shows, and even in the President’s State of the Union Speech. 3D printing is now a mainstream [more...
SWUGN Summit - Chicago
The SWUGN Technical Summit is coming to the Chicago area on Tuesday, April 30th, 2013. The SWUGN Technical Summit is a one-day learning and networking event hosted by the SolidWorks User Group Network and features technical presentations by local SolidWorks [more...
How to Send Large SolidWorks Files
Customers constantly have to send SolidWorks files and other large files back and forth to each other. Many use email to do this. SolidWorks itself has the File – Send to menu to help in this process. A list of [more...
Free SolidWorks from Performance Constraints (FSWPC-13-#7b)
(Hardware Testing - Graphics Cards- Hardware Comparison) Continuing with our discussion on graphics performance with SolidWorks; in this article we will explore our analysis and findings related to comparing different levels of graphics cards. The cards tested and compared were [more...
Need a New Liver? Print One.
Well, not quite yet. 3D printing continues to garner lots of press and attention. It truly has become a way to leverage 3D data generated from many different sources. The medical product industry has embraced additive manufacturing and continues to [more...
Renaming SolidWorks Files with SW Explorer
Renaming files can be tricky and if you don't take the right steps it can damge file references. Here is an easy way to change all part numbers in a assembly to all new numbers. One method is to use [more...
Changes to your measure tool
Several people have noticed that they are not getting the correct values or are not able to measure distances in a part as they could in the past with the measure tool. This issue has been resolved by toggling a [more...