Archives For August 2008

Check out this CATIA V5 tip:

I created and uploaded this Ignitable to to show you how to extract a surface from a solid in CATIAV5. I will also explain why the edges of the extracted surface are sometimes joined. This tip is for intermediate CATIA V5 users using the Generative Shape Design (GSD) and Part Design workbenches, so I hope you find it useful.   


Check out this CATIA V5 tip:

I created and uploaded this Ignitable to to show you how to remove split lines after joining surfaces. This tip is for intermediate CATIA V5 users using the Generative Shape Design (GSD) workbench, so I hope you find it useful.   


Check out this CATIA V5 tip:

I created and uploaded this Ignitable to to show you  how to create Isometric Breakout Sections in CATIA V5 r18, This tip is for intermediate CATIA V5 users using the drafting workbench, so I hope you find it useful.   


Check out this CATIA V5 tip:

I created and uploaded this Ignitable to to show you how to create a wheel in CATIA V5, using the circular pattern command. This tip is for intermediate CATIA V5 users, so I hope you find it helpful.

Check out this CATIA V5 tip: 

I created and uploaded this Ignitable to IgniteCAST to show you how to create a plane parallel to the screen in CATIA V5. This tip is for new CATIA V5 users, so I hope it will help.

Steve Sadler

Do you remember the mid-90’s? Come on, you remember when Al Gore invented internet LOL. During that time, I was the Director of Engineering for a large automotive parts supplier in Detroit, MI. In addition to managing large groups of engineers and designers, I was responsible to have them trained in CATIA and Ideas. To augment our internal training we would usually send a few designers and engineers for classroom training at local CATIA training providers. Unfortunately, every year they would return from the class with a binder that included a printed PowerPoint file that was useless without an instructor there to explain it.

I would watch them sit at their tubes fumbling with these books trying to remember what they had learned. This annoyed me because these classes were big bucks that sucked up weeks of time and expenses. I took action and developed an internal website to capture best practices in step by step format that was far easier to follow than those useless books. This was basically primitive eLearning.

Several years later (early 2000’s) I started a business that would train designers and engineers over the web within a simulated and narrated interactive training environment located at The company’s name was SCATE, an acronym for Simulated Computer Assisted Teaching Environment. In the first year we trained over two thousand (2,000) students online world wide. I was amazed at the degree of knowledge retention and student satisfaction. In addition, the designers had online access to the training material for 365 days for review purposes. In other words no more fumbling at the tube!

During 2002 I was teaching CATIA V5 classes at Oakland Community College in Auburn Hills, MI. Many of my students were Chrysler CATIA V4 designers looking to upgrade their skills to CATIA V5. I approached the Dean and with his permission, I introduced my students to SCATE’s interactive CATIA V5 online courses (AKA eLearning). To my surprise, within one hour of introducing the CATIA V5 eLearning courses I was no longer teaching the class…their computers were doing it for me, Hmmm.

This is when I realized the power of eLearning and ever since then, my mission as been to make online courses (eLearning) easier to build and more effective for the students to learn from.

If you want to get the most out of your CATIA Training I suggest taking interactive CATIA V5 eLearning courses or build your own using software such as Ignite Pro. You will be surprised at how easy it is. Here are some free CATIA V5 tutorials I developed in the same eLearning format.

If you have any questions feel free to comment.


This is not a political statement nor am I showing support for any party. I really don’t care what party you belong to; let’s just start using our heads.

As you can see from my bio, I was born in Nottingham England, raised in Ontario, Canada and became a US citizen in 2006. My experience of living in different countries has provided me with a significant insight to what types of governments create success.

Some of you that have never lived in these places might say, “Well Canada and England are not much different than the US”. Well, this is where you would be mistaken! Even though I love both countries and their people, the United States is still the Land of Opportunity.

Shortly after I moved to the US, my wife and I took the opportunity to start our own business. In less than five years we turned a profit and created a successful firm.

You see fellow Americans opportunity provides freedom by empowering us with continuous and abundant chances to succeed. All we have to do is open our eyes and get busy with talents that God gave us. Free market, competition and entrepreneurship is what breeds success, and has proven many times to solve the most difficult problems.

Socialized services and governmental assistance will not provide you with freedom and security. Just look at all the countries on this planet that are controlled by the government. Would you move to Russia? How about China? If you answered no, then its time to stop pushing the United States down the same path of Socialism. Remember, socialism is only one step from Marxism, Communism and Dictatorship and we all know where that ends.

So keep the faith, think logically and America will continue to be YOUR Land of Opportunity!

Welcome to my Blog. My name is Steve Sadler and I am the President / CEO of SCATE Technologies, Inc. (SCATE). SCATE is a privately owned and funded commercial software development company that was founded in 2002 and incorporated back in April 2003.

Since the company’s conception, our talented staff has been busy researching, inventing, development and patenting a variety of technologies that have successfully penetrated and crossed multiple markets.

During SCATE’s first four years of business, our team created and launched five (5) revolutionary software applications in areas of eLearning, Media Creation and Sharing, Engineering Analysis, and Staffing. Each technology was created to be a standalone business silo, complete with its own focused business and marketing plan, IT infrastructure, IP patents, and various trade/service marks.

To date many of these applications have been adopted as a standard by such companies as GM, Chrysler, Daimler, Ford, Coca-Cola, BlueCross/BlueShield, McKesson Pharmaceutical, Honeywell, Quicken Loans, RL Polk and thousands of others.

Now that we are into our sixth year of business, it is truly amazing to me that this was all achieved without external investment or producing any form of long term debt. In addition to that, SCATE made a profit in 2007 while many other companies were struggling and in some cases filing for bankruptcy.

I contribute our success to faith in God, hard work, patience, perseverance, focus and the blessing of a great team of like minded individuals.

Most of us know that building a business is tough, but building a business in today’s extremely crowded and competitive market requires a different breed of entrepreneur. This new type of person cannot survive long term without the attributes I described above.

I would like to hear of your business success stories or answer questions on how to build a successful business.


Steve Sadler
SCATE Technologies, Inc.