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  • CATIA Tip: How to measure the inside volume of a container with CATIA V5

    The following video tutorial shows how to measure the inside volume of a container using CATIA V5. More information on this subject can be found in the Rand 3D CATIA V5 Advanced Part Design 3-day...

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  • Adjusting Motion Duration in CATIA's Fitting Simulator workbench

    Adjusting Motion Duration in CATIA's Fitting Simulator workbench

    By Trisha West Technical Trainer, Trisha West, demonstrates the three methods of adjusting time duration and delay to actions within the Fitting Simulator workbench in this short video: For more...

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  • Creating a Sequence (and shuttle) in CATIA's Fitting Simulator Workbench

    Creating a Sequence (and shuttle) in CATIA's Fitting Simulator Workbench

    By Trisha West Once you have created various tracks for simulation purposes, one must then arrange the order and timing of the various action items. Follow technical trainer, Trisha West, as she...

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  • Seeing clearly on your CATIA V5 screen: Check out these visual change tips!

    Seeing clearly on your CATIA V5 screen: Check out these visual change tips!

    By Trisha West If you are like me (spectacle/contact lens wearer) and have a hard time seeing things on your CATIA screen, check out my tips below on how to make a few small changes to your...

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  • CATIA V5: Copying and Pasting Tips

    CATIA V5: Copying and Pasting Tips

    By Scott Henderson Copying and pasting is a great way to reuse data and save some time. A simple right-click > Copy or a Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V is all it takes to get started. To make the best of these...

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  • Applying Motion using Fitting Simulation

    Applying Motion using Fitting Simulation

    By Amy Rath When you need to apply motion to your model, most people automatically assume it's Kinematics. Kinematics works great when you have multiple parts moving/pushing other parts in a...

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  • CATIA V5: Making Robust Models with Corners

    CATIA V5: Making Robust Models with Corners

    By Amy Rath Corners can be tricky when adding them into a sketch or wireframe. Adding them the right way can make your model more robust and predictable when modifications are made. Sketches in...

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  • Detecting Clash in CATIA V5 Fitting Simulator workbench

    Detecting Clash in CATIA V5 Fitting Simulator workbench

    By Trisha Freeman The Fitting Simulator workbench in CATIA V5 is a great tool to help create assembly or disassembly paths for parts to take within a product. However, being able to visibly see if...

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  • Pattern Problems Part 2: How to Mirror a Pattern in CATIA V5

    Pattern Problems Part 2: How to Mirror a Pattern in CATIA V5

    By Trisha Freeman Mirroring a feature, or a set of features is a great way to duplicate features quickly while maintaining a link. However, mirroring a pattern in CATIA can be tricky. Below is an...

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  • Pattern Problems Part 1: The benefit of “Keep specifications” and its limitations in CATIA V5

    Pattern Problems Part 1: The benefit of “Keep specifications” and its limitations in CATIA V5

    By Trisha Freeman When creating a pattern with an object feature that has utilized one of the “Up-to” options (Up to Next, Up to Last, Up to Plane or Up to Surface), the “Keep specifications”...

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  • Webcast Summary & Follow-Up:  Getting the most out of CATIA V5 FT&A Captures in a digital world

    Webcast Summary & Follow-Up: Getting the most out of CATIA V5 FT&A Captures in a digital world

    By Trisha Freeman Thank you to everyone who joined us live for the Getting the most out of CATIA V5 FT&A (Functional Tolerancing & Annotation) Captures in a digital world webcast. The topics...

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  • CATIA Demo: Manikin Load Analysis using the CATIA Human Builder Workbench

    CATIA Demo: Manikin Load Analysis using the CATIA Human Builder Workbench

    By Trisha Freeman Follow this short tutorial to see how to perform an ergonomic load analysis to a human manikin back in CATIA V5. Visit www.Rand3D.com for a full list of CATIA classes.

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  • What’s new in Creo Parametric 5.0: Automatic Simplified Representations

    What’s new in Creo Parametric 5.0: Automatic Simplified Representations

    By Natasha Reaves In Creo Parametric 5.0, simplified representations have been enhanced by reducing the multiple predefined representations down to the Automatic Representation. In an Automatic...

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  • Creo Parametric 5.0 Tip- Information About Material Parameters

    Creo Parametric 5.0 Tip- Information About Material Parameters

    By Natasha Reaves In Creo Parametric, you can create and modify material data using the Materials and Material Definition dialog boxes, which are shown here respectively. Material data can be...

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  • Webcast Summary & Follow-Up: Behavioral Modeling with Creo

    Webcast Summary & Follow-Up: Behavioral Modeling with Creo

    By Mike Brucker Thank you to everyone who joined us live for the brief Introduction to Creo Parametric Behavioral Modeling webcast. The topics presented in the webcast can be further understood by...

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  • What’s new in Creo Parametric 5.0: Enhanced Mirror Tool

    What’s new in Creo Parametric 5.0: Enhanced Mirror Tool

    By Natasha Reaves In Creo Parametric, you can mirror selected features or the entire model geometry about a planar reference. The Mirror operation in Creo Parametric 5.0 has been enhanced...

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  • Creo Parametric Tip: Settings that Change How Assembly Constraints are Applied by Default

    By Natasha Reaves When the assembly constraint type is set to Automatic, Creo creates constraints based on what geometry you choose and their relative locations and values of thresholds set in the...

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  • CATIA V5-6 Tip: Deleting Unused Features from the Specification Tree

    CATIA V5-6 Tip: Deleting Unused Features from the Specification Tree

    By Natasha Reaves There is a quick way to clean up unused or isolated features from the specification tree. For example, if you have isolated features in a CATPart model such that reference planes...

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  • How to Rotate and Zoom in Creo and CATIA V5

    How to Rotate and Zoom in Creo and CATIA V5

    By Natasha Reaves Have you worked with Creo (formally known as Pro/ENGINEER) before you began using CATIA V5? Then you are used to using the middle mouse button to rotate the model and using the ...

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  • What’s new in Creo Parametric 5.0-  Improved Support for Importing and Exporting 3MF Format

    What’s new in Creo Parametric 5.0- Improved Support for Importing and Exporting 3MF Format

    By Natasha Reaves In Creo Parametric 4.0, there is support for export to 3MF but the export profile is limited. In Creo Parametric 5.0, you can import and export 3MF format files in Creo...

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