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Best mouse for CAD

Choosing the best mouse for CAD is an important task for designers. The mouse is the main input device which, as a CAD drafter, you will be spending approximately 8 hours a day holding. Here’s a run down of what you should consider while choosing the best

Create a Coffee Cup Using Revolve and Sweep in SolidWorks

In this tutorial, we’ll take a look at some simple but powerful tools in SolidWorks that you can use to turn three simple sketches into a coffee cup. This tutorial is a part of the series of tutorials we are creating for all skill levels. The main

A Guide to the Best Mouse for SolidWorks

One of the more overlooked aspects of selecting an appropriate system for 3D CAD software such as SolidWorks is also, perhaps, one of the most important – the computer mouse. While modern computing is moving in the direction of touchscreen-only interfaces, it will likely be many years

Create a Lofted Surface for SolidWorks Surface Modeling

In this tutorial, you will learn SolidWorks surface modeling. Lofted surfaces can be used to create smooth, complex shapes using the simple tools provided by SolidWorks. Lofted surface are a good introduction to surface modeling techniques. You can use this technique as a first step to create parts

How to Draw an Electrical Connection in a PCB Schematic

Now that you know how to add parts into your schematic, you are ready to learn the process of connecting these parts electrically. In Eagle, this is known as nets. Similar to the process in real-life (e.g. breadboard) where you make make electrical connections between parts, Nets allows Eagle to

Choosing the Best SolidWorks Graphics Card

When deciding to choose what hardware you will use to run your high-end 3D CAD software, you will need to select a SolidWorks graphics card. With so many options available, selecting the right graphics card may seem like a difficult task. However, with a good understanding of

How to Create a NEW Package in a Library – Eagle PCB

A package is a physical layout of the component, e.g. resistor, you are trying to create. This layout includes the dimensions of the part itself and the dimensions of the copper pads. With this information, a 2-dimensions CAD representation can be created in Eagle software, which will then

SolidWorks Drawing Tutorial and Exercises for Beginners

If you are new to SolidWorks, or you want to refresh your CAD skills, then these set of SolidWorks tutorials are right for you. SolidWorks is one of the most widely-used 3D CAD softwares available in the market. From engineering students to large design firms, SolidWorks is the

How to Make Threads in SolidWorks

In this tutorial, I will show you how to make threads in SolidWorks while creating a hexagonal bolt. By following this tutorial, you will also learn about the basic menus in SolidWorks, how to draw polygons, how to use the CHAMFER command, and finally, how to add cosmetic threads to

How to Create a NEW Symbol in a Library – Eagle PCB

When designing a PCB in Eagle CAD software, the libraries available to you may not have the components you require. In this situation, you will need to create your own library in Eagle with the necessary parts. In this tutorial, I will show you how to create

Eagle PCB Tutorials and Design Exercises

The industry of Computer Aided Design (CAD) includes Printed Circuit Board (PCB) design. Most people that are around technology have most likely seen a PCB. However, they probably were unaware of what it actually was. In simple terms, a PCB is a physical board with electrical components

Definitions and Acronyms Used – PCB Design Tutorial

Designing a PCB with Eagle CAD tool can be a tough task. Not only does it require knowledge of electronics but learning the jargon takes time. In this tutorial, I will layout the various terminology you should know when trying to make a PCB. Achieving an understanding of such

Schematic Options and Menus in Eagle PCB – Tutorial

In order to send a PCB for fabrication, the first step is to create a schematic. A schematic is visual representation of the electrical connections. In the previous tutorial, I explained how to create a new project and schematic file so check that out before continuing here.

How to Add a Part in a Schematic – Eagle CAD Tutorial

After you are successful in creating a schematic file in Eagle CAD, it is time to learn how to add a part. A part refers to components such as resistors, capacitors, or even ICs such as microcontrolers. Even GND (ground) and VCC (voltage input) are technically parts when

Creating Projects, Library, and Schematics – PCB Tutorial

This is the first tutorial in the complete PCB design tutorial set. I will cover three basic aspects of Eagle PCB. They include creating a project, adding a library, and lastly, creating a schematic. After following these steps, you will know how to start off a new

Is the Logitech M570 with a Trackball an Ideal CAD Mouse?

Amazing Ease of Use for CAD With regards to CAD, the easy of use on the Logitech M570 is great for one reason, the trackball. It has trackball technology which allows control of the cursor by moving your thumb, thus providing extreme precision when designing with CAD softwares. I

CAD Mouse Review: Mionix Naos 3200

Ease of Use The  is a plug-and-play device and works right out of the box. Mionix provides a configuration software that can be installed for customization. The software allows you to change sensitivity, mouse button actions, and lastly, the LED options. However, one thing lacking is the

Follow these 5 Aspects to be a Better CAD Designer

The Computer Aided Design (CAD) market is growing and requires skilled designers. As a talented CAD designer, you can obtain large freelancing contracts or even be employed fulltime at a firm. However, first, you need to understand how to design in 2D and 3D. In this article, I will

What is the Best Laptop for AutoCAD?

Even though it is recommended to perform CAD designs on desktop computers, using a laptop computer is also a possibility. Laptops are simple because they are portable, lightweight, and well-balanced for many tasks. Especially for students and beginners in AutoCAD, it may not be economically feasible to invest in

Computer Aided Design is used primarily by Designers

Computer aided design (CAD) was primarily designed for designers, architects, and engineers to be used for 2D and 3D modeling. From hereon, I will refer to users of CAD tools as designers. Designers use CAD tools for many reasons. After the designer has an initial idea or sketch

Modifying objects in Draftsight Part 2

We have previously seen how simple it can be to draw simple shapes and modify them using Draftsight. We are going to continue in this post and hopefully get to a better stand point, in order to be able to dive into more serious drafting examples later

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