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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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  • CATIA V5: Sketcher Boolean Operations

    CATIA V5: Sketcher Boolean Operations

    By Amy Rath Boolean Operations are now available in the sketcher workbench starting with release CATIA V5-V6 2018. These Boolean operations work very similar to the ones used in the Part Design...

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  • Feature Recognition in CATIA

    Feature Recognition in CATIA

    By Amy Rath Have you ever had a model that was imported in as an isolated model? Meaning it didn’t have history to it or any features listed in the specification tree except a solid branch. Here...

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  • CATIA V5 Visual Tip: Z-buffer Depth Display

    CATIA V5 Visual Tip: Z-buffer Depth Display

    By Trisha West Here is another CATIA V5 visual option that some people find useful. By default, all reference features you create in CATIA will automatically “shine” through any other...

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  • CATIA V5 Tip: Low Light Mode in CATIA Assemblies

    CATIA V5 Tip: Low Light Mode in CATIA Assemblies

    By Trisha West In some CAD modeling packages, there is an automatic “tunnel vision” that occurs when you are active on a child component within a higher-level assembly. Below is an example of a...

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  • CATIA V5 Drafting Tip: Creating Detailed Views and Redefining Detail View Locations

    CATIA V5 Drafting Tip: Creating Detailed Views and Redefining Detail View Locations

    By Trisha West Creating a detail drawing view allows a user to enlarge areas within a drawing view to a different scale. In CATIA V5, you can select to make a detail view area in a circular shape,...

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  • Updating Legacy Datums to Datum Feature Symbols in Creo Parametric 4.0+

    Updating Legacy Datums to Datum Feature Symbols in Creo Parametric 4.0+

    By Scott Hendren If you are new to Creo Parametric 4.0, and have started working with drawings or the Model Based Definition (MBD) annotation tools, you may be asking, “What is going on with Set...

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  • Creo Parametric Tip: How to use Pick From List to Select Entities

    Creo Parametric Tip: How to use Pick From List to Select Entities

    By Natasha Reaves When using Creo Parametric, it is recommended that you review a list of all of the entities that can be queried based on where the cursor is located. One way to query items is to...

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  • CATIA V5: Clash Analysis breakdown

    By Trisha West Performing a static clash in CATIA is a powerful tool that can detect areas of interference, contact and minimum clearance violations. In this video, we break down how to set up,...

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  • CATIA Drafting Tip: Displaying View Axis in Drawing Views

    CATIA Drafting Tip: Displaying View Axis in Drawing Views

    By Trisha West The default installation of CATIA V5 has the view axis displayed turned on in drawing views. This means that in the active view, there is a blue horizontal and vertical axis that is...

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  • CATIA V5 Tip: Drafting Display View Frame

    CATIA V5 Tip: Drafting Display View Frame

    By Trisha West The view frame is the dashed box that appears around a drawing view. This frame allows the user to quickly pick a view to drag it to another location on the drawing sheet. However,...

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  • Creo Parametric Tip: How to Convert a Diameter Dimension to a Linear Dimension in a Drawing

    Creo Parametric Tip: How to Convert a Diameter Dimension to a Linear Dimension in a Drawing

    By Natasha Reaves When detailing a Creo drawing, you can convert a diameter dimension to a linear dimension or convert a linear dimension that denotes diameter of geometry to a diameter dimension....

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  • CATIA V5 Tip: Using the Comparison Command in a Drawing Environment

    CATIA V5 Tip: Using the Comparison Command in a Drawing Environment

    By Trisha West Investigating the differences between old and new revisions of items in CATIA can be difficult especially when the changes are very minute. The comparison command is an excellent...

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  • Part Comparison in CATIA V5

    Part Comparison in CATIA V5

    By Amy Rath In CATIA V5, you can compare the same part from two different development stages to see how the design has matured over time. Generally a comparison is performed on the part when it...

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  • Detecting Clash in CATIA V5 Kinematic Simulations

    Detecting Clash in CATIA V5 Kinematic Simulations

    By Trisha West By default, CATIA will not alert you to an interference between part files during a Kinematic simulation. Watch as 3 methods of detecting clash are covered in this video, as well as...

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  • Distance and Band Analysis

    Distance and Band Analysis

    By Amy Rath The distance and band analysis is a great function to measure the minimum distance or to see if your product is meeting a minimum and maximum distance requirement. The icon is located...

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