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Does anyone use SolidWorks?

  1. Nov 20, 2010 #1
    I just got a copy of Solid Works and I would like to know if anyone has any experience using this program. I have non what so ever and I need tutorials and stuff to get the hang of the program. Please help.
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  3. Nov 20, 2010 #2
    Do the built in tutorials

    Help -> Solidworks Tutorials
  4. Nov 30, 2010 #3
    Check Youtube, there are loads of SolidWorks tutorials. Infact it's the software with maximum tutorials on internet and is easy to master.
  5. Nov 30, 2010 #4
    I have used SWX for years and use it daily.

    Just build stuff. After learning the basics through the tutorials, get some measuring tools (tape measure, dial calipers, etc.) and build objects you have around you. Starting with simple shapes.

    There are some pointers the tutorials do not teach. Build your shapes symmetrically about the reference planes and origin in the parts environment as much as possible. This helps a lot when you begin building assemblies from your parts in the assembly environment. Extruding parts always defaults to "Blind", which extrudes from the profile out. Practice extruding from the "Mid Plane" for your base shapes.

    I never learned much from the tutorials. It's mostly hands on learning to make the software do what you want.

  6. Dec 22, 2010 #5
    I actually learned a great deal from the built-in tutorials. Also, Solidworks seems to be MUCH easier to master than, say, AutoCAD or Pro-Engineer (neither of which have any tutorials - go figure). If you do the tutorials and practice (perhaps by modeling car parts or something of that nature), you should be good in no time.
  7. Dec 23, 2010 #6
    For english learners especially, you can try to find good learning material from Ytube. Hit "solidworks tutorial" as a keyword.

    Moreover, what kind of modeling are you looking forward to?
  8. Jan 26, 2011 #7
    I bought some great tutorials a while back off a site. I can send them to you if you want. They helped me get used to all the features really quickly. PM me if you're interested.
    Last edited by a moderator: Feb 23, 2012
  9. Feb 23, 2012 #8
    free Solidworks Tutorials

    tutorial #2.1 introduction to solidworks

    tutorial #2.1 sketching in solidworks

    tutorial #2.2 sketching in solidworks

    tutorial #3 3D modeling

    tutorial #4 Make 2D drawing from 3D model

    tutorial #5 mirror and pattern

    tutorial #6 Revolved features and hand wheel design

    tutorial #7 CosmosXpress stress analysis tool

    I'm mechanical engineer and this is my blog
  10. Feb 23, 2012 #9
    It takes 3 days to master solidworks. Wish other CAD software producers learnt from SW interface.

    Concentrate on solid modeling and assembly for now. Your next goal should be surfacing, dynamic analysis, weldments and sheetmetal
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