Rand 3D Blog: Insights from Within

Offering Tips & Tricks for CATIA and Creo users

  • 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 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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  • 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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  • How to Find Icons and Tools in CATIA V5

    How to Find Icons and Tools in CATIA V5

    Here's a popular question from CATIA users: How do I find the icon or tool I’m looking for? Without a built-in 'icon finder' here’s the process I recommend for hunting down those cannot-be-found icons

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  • CATIA V5: Creating Drawings from CGRs

    CATIA V5: Creating Drawings from CGRs

    In this post we’ll look at how to create drawing views from lightweight CATIA files.

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  • CATIA Tip: Red Xs on Annotations

    CATIA Tip: Red Xs on Annotations

    Let's look at a scenario that sometimes arises when using the “View from 3D” function in the Drafting workbench.

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  • CATIA Tip: Floating Measurements

    CATIA Tip: Floating Measurements

    Measurements, by default, tend to take priority on the screen. If you create a measurement, it’ll “float” on top of any existing geometry. But if you want to turn it off, here's a quick tip to do that

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  • CATIA Tip: Multi-Pad

    CATIA Tip: Multi-Pad

    Learn how with the Multi-Pad, you are able to draw all of the shapes in a single sketch and let them naturally snap to each other so it’s easier to build.

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  • CATIA Tip: Sketcher - Drag for Arc

    CATIA Tip: Sketcher - Drag for Arc

    The CATIA Profile tool is a great way to draw a lot of connected lines and arcs all together. Having to pick the arcs from the Sketch Tools can get a little old.

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  • CATIA Tip: Double-Click to Repeat

    CATIA Tip: Double-Click to Repeat

    Ever find yourself using the same command over and over and over? It’s kind of annoying to have to click the same icon so… many… times.

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  • CATIA Tip: Circle Dimensions on Drawings

    CATIA Tip: Circle Dimensions on Drawings

    How to add dimensions in the Drafting workbench in CATIA

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  • CATIA Tip: Centered Rectangle

    CATIA Tip: Centered Rectangle

    Here’s a pretty common scenario: You need to start a sketch for a part – maybe it’s a block – and to get everything nice and organized, you’ve got to center it.

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