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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

SolidWorks Configuration Tutorial – Part 2 of 2

In Part 1 of the SolidWorks Configuration Tutorial, we covered how to create multiple configurations for a part file. In this tutorial, we’ll look at how to use that configured part to create a configured Assembly file. There are inevitably times when you’re using SolidWorks and have

SolidWorks Configuration Tutorial – Part 1 of 2

In Part 1 of this 2-part SolidWorks configuration tutorial, we will cover how to create multiple configurations for a part file. We’ll create two designs on the top rail component of a wooden chair model for use later on in an assembly file in Part 2 of

How to Add a Decal to a Part in SolidWorks – Tutorial

This SolidWorks decal tutorial will show you a way to add realistic visual detail to a component. A decal can be used to illustrate a feature such as a sticker or printed-on feature, and may be useful for marketing or presentation techniques. In this example, we will

How to Create a Spur Gear in SolidWorks

In this tutorial, we’ll create a basic spur gear using SolidWorks. The main tools we’ll be using here to create the gear are Extrude Boss, Circular Pattern, Extrude Cut, and Fillet. When we’re done, we’ll have a spur gear that you can easily modify and work with.

4 Tips to Supercharge your FILLET Command in AutoCAD

You must be aware about the FILLET tool in AutoCAD. It is an almost indispensable tool when you work with AutoCAD drawings but do you know that fillet command can be used in more efficient ways than rounding off edges? In this article I will tell you about

Best CAD Monitors for Various Budgets

When it comes to selecting hardware for your CAD system, the first thoughts that come to mind are often related to “horsepower” – lots of RAM, a high-end graphics card, a large and fast hard drive.  While having a high-end system is one of the most important

How to Engrave or Emboss Text on a Part in SolidWorks

In this tutorial, I will show you how to engrave custom text into a part using SolidWorks CAD tools. This technique can be very useful for creating laser-cut features, such as in sheet metal, or for plastic molded parts. In this example, we’ll complete both an engraved

How to Make an Assembly in SolidWorks – Tutorial

If you’ve already learned how to create a part in SolidWorks, it may not be long until you need to actually use that part in relation to other parts. In SolidWorks, this structure is called an Assembly. An Assembly is comprised of one or more SolidWorks Parts

3 Useful Types of Drawing Views in SolidWorks

Whether you are specifying dimensions for a large machined component, trying to develop assembly instructions for an assembly with many components, or need to provide non-standard views to fully define a feature, SolidWorks has the 2D drawing tools you need to produce clean, properly defined drawings. In

The 10 Best SketchUp Plugins in 2015

SketchUp is a 3D modelling program owned by Trimble Navigation and used by designers in fields of engineering and architecture. Plugins or scripts are widely added to SketchUp for enhancing the 3D experience capability. Most of them are free of charge and can be rewritten by anyone

Top 8 SolidWorks Productivity Tips for Every Designer

If you’ve just started using SolidWorks, you may find yourself overwhelmed by the number of possible features that you can use to create 3D parts and assemblies. This list of 8 SolidWorks productivity tips will help you get and stay organized, improve your workflow, and make efficient use

3 Tips for Plastic Part Design for Molding in SolidWorks

In this article, we will be considering 3 important factors in plastic part design, specifically from the point of view of a SolidWorks user. We will look at some of the built-in features that SolidWorks has to offer when it comes to designing parts for injection molding.

A Guide to the Best Computer for SolidWorks

If you’re thinking about getting SolidWorks, one of the first things to consider is the computer you’ll be using to operate the software. SolidWorks is high-end software, and it’s an immensely powerful tool when it comes to design. Consequently, it runs best on higher-end hardware, and you

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

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