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New to Solidworks

Discussion in 'Solidworks' started by workerbee, Nov 3, 2015.

  1. workerbee

    workerbee Newbie

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    I took a college course a year ago in Solidworks. After the class ended I converted some hand sketches to CAD drawings. I got pretty good with Solidworks but got busy at work and in my own shop. Went an entire year without using Solidworks until this week. Have a project at work where I had hand sketches and converting them to CAD. I'm learning Solidworks for the second time and already think I'm better than ever after short sessions in the last few days.

    I understand Solidworks is a spin off of Auto-CAD. Therefore, knowing some Auto-CAD can be helpful when learning Solidworks. Objects are drawing in 3-D (part drawing) from the beginning. Converting to a 3-view drawing (or Orthagraphic projection) is done last.

    Assemblies are another strong point for Solidworks. What you do is open several part drawings and then click and drag them into an assembly page. Very impressive to take a pin and piece with a hole and actually insert the pin in the hole.

    Hopefully, Solidworks users can come here and learn form each other. I have no one to help me so I sometimes slug it out for several minutes or hours.
     
  2. Engineer_Machinist

    Engineer_Machinist Moderator Staff Member

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    Check out YouTube Videos they are a great help. I've been using it since 2004 for work and now I have my own seat for my home business.
     
  3. 3dprintforums

    3dprintforums Apprentice

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    Also look at Fusion 360 very easy program to use.
     
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  4. Engineer_Machinist

    Engineer_Machinist Moderator Staff Member

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    I guess I should have mentioned I teach it in college too, so I'm around it using it daily. Ask and I hope I can help out some.
     
  5. severeuke

    severeuke Newbie

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    I just started with Fusion 360, agreed quite easy.
     
  6. Engineer_Machinist

    Engineer_Machinist Moderator Staff Member

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    I've heard good things about it and it is popular in the hobby and small business market.
     

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