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  • How to use formulas to measure in CATIA

    How to use formulas to measure in CATIA

    By Iouri Apanovitch Any CATIA designer worth one's salt knows how to use Measure Item and Measure Between tools to make measurements. What is less known is that you can do the same using...

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  • Using Multiple-Value Parameters to control CATIA dimensions

    Using Multiple-Value Parameters to control CATIA dimensions

    By Iouri Apanovitch In this post, I will explain how to control a CATIA dimension using a multiple-value parameter. As an example, I will use a sheet metal part shown below, in which the raw sheet...

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  • CATIA V5-6 Tip: How to Customize Your Toolbars and Reset the Position of a Toolbar

    CATIA V5-6 Tip: How to Customize Your Toolbars and Reset the Position of a Toolbar

    By Natasha Reaves There are many workbenches in CATIA. Each workbench has several toolbars available to suit your requirements and preferences. Depending on your monitor size and display...

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  • Creo Parametric Tip: A New Definition Option for the Datum Point Feature

    Creo Parametric Tip: A New Definition Option for the Datum Point Feature

    By Natasha Reaves In Creo Parametric a datum point can be used as a construction element when modeling geometry or as a known point for performing computations and model analyses. Datum points can...

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  • Creo Parametric Tip: How to Add and Assign an Appearance to a Model

    Creo Parametric Tip: How to Add and Assign an Appearance to a Model

    By Natasha Reaves Creo Parametric allows you to customize the default system colors of parts and/or features. The Appearance Gallery is used to create, delete, modify, and save the appearance of...

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  • Rand 3D Webcast Working with Legacy Datums in Creo Parametric 4.0+ Questions and Answers

    Rand 3D Webcast Working with Legacy Datums in Creo Parametric 4.0+ Questions and Answers

    Thank you for attending my Creo Legacy Datums Webcast. If you missed the live webcast, you can view the recording here....

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  • Creo Parametric Tip: Information About Bill of Materials (BOM) Report Formats

    Creo Parametric Tip: Information About Bill of Materials (BOM) Report Formats

    By Natasha Reaves In Creo Parametric, the Bill of Materials (BOM) is a list of all the components needed to build the assembly. The BOM also lists the total quantity of each component included in...

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  • Creo Parametric Tip: Information About the Drawing Setup File

    Creo Parametric Tip: Information About the Drawing Setup File

    By Natasha Reaves In Creo Parametric, the configuration file options control the design environment for parts and assemblies. This means that the configuration file, known as the config.pro file,...

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  • How to Overcome a Tricky Surface Offset in CATIA V5

    How to Overcome a Tricky Surface Offset in CATIA V5

    By Scott Henderson You’ve built your surface and the hard work is done. The shape looks good. Every bend radius is correct and all of the fillets finally mesh well. There’s just one last step:...

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  • Tech Tip: CATIA V5 Coupling Options for Multi-Section Solids

    Tech Tip: CATIA V5 Coupling Options for Multi-Section Solids

    By Trisha West Technical Trainer, Trisha West, demonstrates how the four different coupling methods (ratio, tangency, tangency then curvature, and vertices) can affect your final multi-section,...

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  • Creating Creo Parametric Blends

    Creating Creo Parametric Blends

    By Trisha West Technical Trainer, Trisha West, demonstrates the complexities behind the Creo Parametric blend function in this video including the importance of start point alignment and adding a...

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  • CATIA V5 Tip: Specification Tree Size Character Dependent

    CATIA V5 Tip: Specification Tree Size Character Dependent

    By Trisha West When dealing with very large, complex assemblies (especially those with components that have a long names) the specification tree size can quickly start to overtake the screen...

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  • An Overview of the Capabilities of the Creo Behavioral Modeling Extension

    An Overview of the Capabilities of the Creo Behavioral Modeling Extension

    By Natasha Reaves The Behavioral Modeling module of Creo Parametric is also known as the Creo Behavioral Modeling Extension. This module is an optional advanced analysis and modeling tool. Creo...

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  • CATIA V5 Tip: CATIA Component Instance Importance

    CATIA V5 Tip: CATIA Component Instance Importance

    By Trisha West When working in CATIA V5 assemblies, the importance of specifying the component instance can be overlooked. If you have a CATIA administrator at your company then they may have...

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  • Creating and Managing Scenes in CATIA V5

    Creating and Managing Scenes in CATIA V5

    By Trisha West Follow along as Technical Trainer, Trisha West, discusses how to create, manage and apply scenes on assemblies in CATIA V5. Also discussed is the difference between full and partial...

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  • Learning in a Virtual Environment

    Learning in a Virtual Environment

    CATIA and Creo Parametric Online Training Classes: By the Numbers

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  • Creo 5.0 Tip: Rule Based Chain Selection

    Creo 5.0 Tip: Rule Based Chain Selection

    By Natasha Reaves When creating or editing features using Creo Parametric, you may need to select a chain of edges or curves that are related either by tangency or a common vertex. Watch as Rand...

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  • Creo Parametric Tip: 2D Box Selection

    Creo Parametric Tip: 2D Box Selection

    By Natasha Reaves Starting in Creo Parametric 4.0, when using an object/action workflow, you can use 2D box selection in combination with the selection filter settings to select only items of the...

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  • Putting Functional Tolerancing and Annotation on a 2D Drawing

    Putting Functional Tolerancing and Annotation on a 2D Drawing

    By Amy Rath The Functional Tolerancing and Annotation (FT&A) workbench is a great way to add 2D drawing information right into the 3D model. Annotation can be added to parts, products, and...

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  • Creo Parametric Tip: Selection Using <Ctrl> and <Shift>

    Creo Parametric Tip: Selection Using <Ctrl> and <Shift>

    By Natasha Reaves In Creo Parametric, you can use the and keys in the same way you would with a Microsoft Office application, such as Word. In the main graphics window or the model tree, you can...

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