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Hints & Tips: Selection Filters

Have you ever been in a situation where you’re unable to pick the thing that you want, or SOLIDWORKS only lets you select certain entities? If so, you may have accidentally activated a selection filter. If your arrow pointer looks like this   then you have a...

Test SOLIDWORKS for yourself

Hands-on test-drive events Are you looking to reduce time to market? Be more productive? Reduce costs? Improve communication and designs? Then maybe you should take a look at SOLIDWORKS. At Cadtek, we believe in trying before you buy. We know how good SOLIDWORKS is as...

Score with SOLIDWORKS: Quickly Changing a Configuration

A quick tip showing off new functionality in SOLIDWORKS 2014. If you have been following the previous blog entries you will have seen us create a base stand with 3 configurations. When you insert a part into an assembly, by default, it uses the last saved...

Webinar Preview: Solving Design Problems

Our support team, was recently asked if it was possible to drive the design of a container, based on a required fill volume of liquid. We had solved this problem several years ago using some visual basics and a bit of Excel trickery but we wondered if there was an...

Score with SOLIDWORKS: Pattern Driven Component Pattern

In the previous blog entries we created a mannequin and a base stand. Using the Pattern Driven Component Pattern we can very quickly assembly them. You first need to mate your initial component into the seed position. As shown below: Simply go to your patterns and...

Score with SOLIDWORKS: Positioning Only Mates

A quick tip, following on from the previous Score with SOLIDWORKS entries Did you know you can apply a positioning only mate?  Just go to add a mate in the usual manner and make sure you tick the option “use for positioning only”: When selected, components...

Score with SOLIDWORKS: Configurations are Simple

In the previous blog entry we looked at creating the base of what will become a free kick training aid. The original design had 5 instances of a lug which will hold the mannequins. In this blog entry we will look at creating a couple more configurations to have...

3D Connexion SpaceMouse Pro

Cadtek Systems partners with 3Dconnexion to provide designers and engineers with the latest products in 3D Mice. 3D Connexion are set to launch a brand new product SpaceMouse Pro Wireless, with the first customer ship next week. The SpaceMouse Pro delivers 3D...

Score With SOLIDWORKS: Mesh and Chain Appearances

Following on from the previous blog entry, let’s take a look at mesh appearances. If you have an area of chain link, mesh or a lot of holes, then it isn’t always necessary to model them. If you are purely interested in the visual aspect, then why not use an...

VDV II Network Meters Designed By Creactive

What is the VDV II? VDV II is the latest product to be launched in a new range of metering devices designed by Creactive Design ID for IDEAL NETWORKS. Creactive designed and developed the enclosure and mechanical integration of the electronics, in close conjunction...

Score with SOLIDWORKS: Auto Trace

In the previous Score with SOLIDWORKS blog entry we looked at using a sketch picture to manually draw around and create our features from. This time we will take a look at automating this using the Auto Trace add-in. The Auto Trace add-in allows you to automatically...

Make Your Electrical Design More Intelligent

Making your Electrical Design more intelligent, with SOLIDWORKS Electrical The majority of electrical systems design is still carried out using non-intelligent drafting systems. These have basic editing tools which enable faster creation of schematic drawings over...

LA Design win A’Design Award

Cadtek customer LA Design have recently won an A’Design Award for their ships’ bridge console they designed for General Electric. GE’s modular ship control system is designed to fit both large and lightweight vessels, providing intuitive control and clear visual...

Score with SOLIDWORKS: Sketch Pictures

Score with SOLIDWORKS: Part I – Sketch Pictures You may be designing a part in SOLIDWORKS based on an existing product or even a sketch that someone has done. Within SOLIDWORKS you can insert a picture within a sketch to use it as a basis to draw around. You can...

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