A student’s guide to getting yourself modeling in 3D without any formal training
So you’ve begun your semester and as an engineering student, you have undoubtedly been bombarded with assignments and projects enough to put you in over your head already. Believe me, we’ve all been there. So what happens when one of those projects requires for you to create a 3D model of a design when you’ve never been trained to use any 3D modeling software to begin with? “Oh great,” you say, “Just one more thing for me to add to the long list of things that needs to be done by next Tuesday…”
Well, fret no more! I am here to present to you the Cliff Notes of SolidWorks – that is, what you need to know to start creating models in no time. Fortunately for us, the SolidWorks user interface is designed to be both intuitive and efficient, making it easy to learn with just enough guidance to get you off the ground. In this set of SolidWorks cliff notes you will learn basic information on workflows, sketching and part modeling. Of course these cliff notes are intended to give you a jump start with SolidWorks, but CAPINC recommends and offers SolidWorks Essentials training courses and various other topics to get the best understanding of the software’s capabilities.
One last thing before your begin – please remember that like anything else, it will take practice for you to become proficient with the software, but as a young engineer in the making it is practice well worth your time. Becoming a good designer in SolidWorks is acquiring a skill that will help you for years to come, whether that is in your classes now or your future pursuit of internships and jobs in the “real world”. You may even have access to your own free seat of SolidWorks, depending on your college or university’s status as a SolidWorks customer. This is called Student Access Licensing and it can be installed on your computer so that you can work from the comfort of your dorm room and not be subject to the fluorescent confines of that dreaded computer lab. You should get in contact with the CAD Administrator at your school to find out if you qualify.