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Old 02-09-2013, 09:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've got a free copy of Solidworks via a club I'm in at school (we build and race gas-electric hybrids) and want to get better at it. if you have anything you want drawn or think would be good practice for me, and don't need it in a timely manner, let me know.
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Old 02-09-2013, 10:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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well since it sounds like you are into racing then I would suggest drawing a 2 cycle motor that "functions" and then animate it. When done move onto a 4 cycle and add in the valves. Learn to run the animation and interference detection built in apps.

Also start reading into how machinist read prints...often times it is much easier to draw the part than to effectively communicate to what specifications it must be made to.

the final thing would be to learn to insert parts based upon reference points and ultimately the final accuracy of a bunch of moving parts will improve and be easier on the computer

i teach cad at night at a local university for my 2nd job
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Old 02-09-2013, 10:43 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Some where around the house I have the SolidWorks courses I took years ago. If I can find them I will send them to you (on long term loan) if you want them. It is for an older version but the basics are still pretty much the same.
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Old 02-09-2013, 11:04 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I've got a free copy of Solidworks via a club I'm in at school (we build and race gas-electric hybrids) and want to get better at it. if you have anything you want drawn or think would be good practice for me, and don't need it in a timely manner, let me know.
Care to share the serial number?



*I know you can't, but doesn't hurt to ask.
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Old 02-09-2013, 11:35 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I'm solid on making basic parts, extrudes, fillets, cuts, etc, not bad at large assemblies, learning FEA, trying to learn 3d sketches (to make a frame). splines and lofts are some things I haven't messed with yet.


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I would suggest drawing a 2 cycle motor that "functions" and then animate it.
sounds fun but out of my league. I'll look into it.

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Some where around the house I have the SolidWorks courses I took years ago. If I can find them I will send them to you (on long term loan) if you want them. It is for an older version but the basics are still pretty much the same.
I've got 2 textbooks from a class I took last year, they're pretty basic, mostly using 2d sketches to make parts, with limited lessons in 3d. I'm also taking a class to learn finite element analysis functions in solidworks


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I'm a freshman ME.. thanks for the link!
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3d sketches are a must have if you want to make easy to understand weldments. always go back to the original 3d sketch to add items ( roll back!). it makes things much easier to edit down the road.

They are not that hard to get a handle on. You will have to get used to putting in lots of reference geometry to get things layed out exactly how you want them.
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I've got a free copy of Solidworks via a club I'm in at school (we build and race gas-electric hybrids) and want to get better at it. if you have anything you want drawn or think would be good practice for me, and don't need it in a timely manner, let me know.
Lucky SOB. You should get me a free version--I don't like only having it available at school....
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Lucky SOB. You should get me a free version--I don't like only having it available at school....
You should be able to get a student addition. Talk to your school or go to solidworks directly. You just have to apply to be able to get it. Not sure how much it costs but its pretty low. at least compared to having to pay for every year lol. that hurts. a lot.
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