Thursday, May 5, 2011

SolidWorks: Continuing my Training

Yes, I am still practicing my SolidWorks. I am actually very happy with the integrated tutorials - the methods they use are fast. Last week I started Lesson 1, and then work got crazy, and then we finally bought the 2nd Guild Wars book "Edge of Destiny" so that distracted me a couple of days, and then today I finished the basic lessons, plus finished 2 of the 3 AutoCAD conversion lessons.

I made this part and filleted the edges in about a minute:

Then I rotated it to see the back side:

The back face has to be selected when the "shell-extrude" feature is added (the green highlight indicates the selected face) to begin the process:

Then it's just a simple matter of setting the thickness of the wall and clicking the green check-mark! Voila! The part is shelled.

That was all accomplished in just a matter of minutes. Then today I completed the two additional lessons to make a second part, bring these two parts together for an assembly, and create a 2-D drawing sheet for the parts and assembly. Here I've only pictured the 3-D assembly view with one part shaded and the other part shown with lines only:

The AutoCAD conversion lessons were a bit more mysterious as I was just given instructions to follow with no explanation of several of the options during the import and conversion process. But I did successfully import a dwg file, delete the unnecessary information from the 2-D drawing, and then use the trimmed sketch to create a revolved 3-D part.

Plus I made the instructed modifications to the drawing, reducing the number of through-holes from 6 to 4, and evenly distributing them around the axis.

So there I am. There's still about 30 lessons to go if I remember right.

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