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  • CATIA Tip: Drawing Items Snapping to Grid

    CATIA Tip: Drawing Items Snapping to Grid

    Here's a quick CATIA fix to help with the automatic snapping function in the drafting workbench of any text item or chart.

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  • CATIA Tip: How to Lock in a Horizontal or Vertical Dimension in a CATIA Drawing

    CATIA Tip: How to Lock in a Horizontal or Vertical Dimension in a CATIA Drawing

    See how to lock in a horizontal or vertical dimension in a CATIA drawing in one of 2 ways.

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  • CATIA Tip: Hatching Lines that do not Display

    CATIA Tip: Hatching Lines that do not Display

    Here's another tip when using the CATIA Drafting Workbench. This tip will apply to cross section views when you are sectioning through smaller parts.

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  • CATIA Tip: Cross Sections in Drawings

    CATIA Tip: Cross Sections in Drawings

    This CATIA tip takes us to the drafting workbench to look at the offset cross section view command. The location of the cross section cutting line can be created with 3 different methods.

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  • CATIA Tip: Up to Plane VS. Up to Surface

    CATIA Tip: Up to Plane VS. Up to Surface

    Many first-time software users get confused on the difference between the depth options of 'up to plane' versus 'up to surface' because sometimes, they can be used interchangeably. Let's take a look.

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  • Scanned Data in CATIA V5: An Intro to Digitized Shape Editor and Quick Surface Reconstruction

    Scanned Data in CATIA V5: An Intro to Digitized Shape Editor and Quick Surface Reconstruction

    For many reasons, it may be useful to scan an existing object to use in CATIA. For this post, we’ll take a high-level look at the general procedure.

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  • CATIA V5 Admin Mode, Part 1: Setting Up

    CATIA V5 Admin Mode, Part 1: Setting Up

    In this post, we will explain how to set up and run CATIA in admin mode in general, as well as how to lock options and settings for the end-users.

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  • CATIA V5 Admin Mode, Part 2:  Customizing Drafting Standards

    CATIA V5 Admin Mode, Part 2: Customizing Drafting Standards

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  • CATIA V5 Admin Mode, Part 3:  Customizing Generative View Styles

    CATIA V5 Admin Mode, Part 3: Customizing Generative View Styles

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  • CATIA Assembly Design: Flexible vs. Rigid Sub-Assembly

    CATIA Assembly Design: Flexible vs. Rigid Sub-Assembly

    Learn about Flexible vs. Rigid Sub-Assembly in this CATIA Assembly Design software tip.

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  • Fixing CATIA Data Errors with CATDUA

    Fixing CATIA Data Errors with CATDUA

    CATDUA is a part of CATIA V5 and a tool for repairing errors in CATIA files. CATDUA has many helpful uses and we strongly recommend using CATDUA before exporting a CATIA model to an external format.

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  • CATIA Tip: Typing Commands

    CATIA Tip: Typing Commands

    What can we do when we know there’s a command we want in CATIA, we know the name of it, but we just can’t find it anywhere? Find out how to solve this problem in our blog post.

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  • Using Multiple Bodies in Creo Parametric 7.0

    Using Multiple Bodies in Creo Parametric 7.0

    Starting with Creo 7. multiple body modeling has come to Creo. My webcast will step you though the basics of how multiple bodies work in Creo Parametric.

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  • CATIA V5: Surface Continuity Explained

    CATIA V5: Surface Continuity Explained

    While point or tangency continuity is sufficient for most mechanical designs, curvature continuity is usually required for visually pleasing industrial designs that involve using polished surfaces.

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  • CATIA Tip: Converting a Line to an Axis

    CATIA Tip: Converting a Line to an Axis

    Today we’re back in the Sketcher workbench. The plan is to create a Shaft so I’ve started drawing the sketch but the the line I’ve drawn needs to be an Axis instead of a standard line.

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  • CATIA Tip: Sketcher Booleans

    CATIA Tip: Sketcher Booleans

    Here's another another way to save some mouse clicks and some time in CATIA.

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  • CATIA Tip: Center Rotation

    CATIA Tip: Center Rotation

    Learn how to rotate a model in CATIA while keeping it centered on the screen.

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  • CATIA V5: How to Create Attribute Links with a Specific Number of Decimal Places

    CATIA V5: How to Create Attribute Links with a Specific Number of Decimal Places

    Learn to link a text in the drawing to a measurement in the 3D model with values that show a very specific number of decimal places.

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  • Extracting Geometry from CGR files

    Extracting Geometry from CGR files

    Learn some tricks to extract geometry from CGR (Catia Graphics Representation) files.

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  • CATIA V5: How to Control Video File Size

    CATIA V5: How to Control Video File Size

    Learn how to control the video file size in CATIA V5.

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