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Offering Tips & Tricks for CATIA and Creo users

  • 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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  • CATIA Tip: Bypassing Sketcher Snaps

    CATIA Tip: Bypassing Sketcher Snaps

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  • 5 Reasons to consider Software Simulations for PLM Training

    5 Reasons to consider Software Simulations for PLM Training

    Some companies are using software simulations in their PLM training for effective end-user training to help ensure that the new business processes are successfully adopted.

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  • Webcast Q&A: Creo Parametric Bill of Materials (BOM) Report Formats

    Webcast Q&A: Creo Parametric Bill of Materials (BOM) Report Formats

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  • Draft Improvement in Creo Parametric 5.0

    Draft Improvement in Creo Parametric 5.0

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  • Doing Splits the Easy Way: Splitting Surfaces in CATIA V5

    Doing Splits the Easy Way: Splitting Surfaces in CATIA V5

    The Split command is an essential tool when working with surface-based models in the Generative Shape Design and Wireframe and Surface Design workbenches.

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  • Doing the Splits Part 2: A Deeper Stretch

    Doing the Splits Part 2: A Deeper Stretch

    Learn options in the CATIA Split command, see what they’re for, and see why you might use them.

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  • Doing The Splits Part 3: The Final Stretch

    Doing The Splits Part 3: The Final Stretch

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  • Are there shortcuts when it comes to learning CAD Software?

    Are there shortcuts when it comes to learning CAD Software?

    A shortcut implies a quicker way to achieve a goal. Many people wonder if there a faster way to learn how to use CAD software? It’s a valid question that's worth taking a closer look at.

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