Near Shoring

I just saw a great article that is very encouraging for our market. It is in today's Crain's Chicago Business, and it discusses a trend called "Near Shoring."

SolidWorks Enterprise PDM ECN Process

I have created quite a few workflow processes using SolidWorks Enterprise PDM.  When processing a workflow route in Enterprise, you typically have to start with a file.  The file is routed along the workflow.  In many cases, the file is a spreadsheet, word document, or virtual file (an EPDM record with no file).  In the case of the video below, I am using an html file.  This process passes variables from the input data card to the html as the file is process on the workflow.  Using this method, users do not have to open an application like Excel to edit the ECN form.  They can simply make their changes […]

DriveWorks Solo, First Thoughts

I just went through the DriveWorks Solo Training and I'm very impressed!!!  It took me a little under 2 hours to go through the training provided by DriveWorks.  The material is very polished and even has tips explaining why things are happening,  not just instructions to click here and type this.  The amount of included functionality is perfect for this,  but experienced DriveWorks users will quickly find out what's missing. The search function makes it much faster to filter the rule types even with the limited number of models and rules in the training files.  The form navigation is redesigned making it easier to connect your forms and it makes adding […]

Welcome DriveWorks Solo

  DriveWorks recently released a new product, DriveWorks Solo,  that fits somewhere between DriveWorksXpress and DriveWorks Engineer.  I was able to download and install the product yesterday and I’m very impressed.  It works right inside of SolidWorks like Xpress,  but it has a lot of the functionality that is only available in Engineer.  The forms look great and you can even get a real-time preview of your design.  Check out or contact CATI if you have more questions. 

CATI TechLink Newsletter Celebrates 10th Anniversary

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the CATI TechLink Newsletter.  The newsletter features articles from CATI Experts in SolidWorks, PDM, Simulation, 3D Printing, and much more.  You can also watch product demos and catch-up on industry news! Click here to check out the latest issue! Want to get the newsletter every month?  Click here to subscribe.

SolidWorks API training

We are offering a SolidWorks API training class on Aug 4-6 @ our Bufflao Grove, IL office For a more detailed description of the class, please follow the link below – Please contact your sales representitive or me directly @ Hope you can join us! Scott Evans

CATI Named in ‘START-IT’ 125 List

CATI, Inflow-Technologies parent company, has been granted the START-IT 125 Award! "…The award was given to CATI for portraying distinct characteristics such as customer references, business model strength and execution, market leadership, and technological advancement through partnerships. " An article about it can be found here at This is absolutely fantastic news! I see the award as a testament to the customers and employees that have aligned themselves with CATI.

SmarTeam V5R17 SP6 was just posted on the SmarTeam support web site. There seems to be many good fixes in here so we are excited to be able to upgrade users to this SP. If anyone has any questions, just reply to the post or send comments to the team at InFlow Technology.