Ive started using solidworks a week back. Any suggestions on how I can get better at using this software?
at the moment, I'm having trouble with dimensions in the drawing layout. I have an inclined line & a sphere at a distance of 125 mm. I'm unable to show the distance between the inclined line & the sphere in plan.
I don't understand your exact context without images or an attached file. It sounds like this is relevant.
Generally, when dimensioning to a circular (or arc or sphere) object, the default dimension is to the circle's center point.
If wishing to dimension to a circular edge instead, hold the Shift key down before selecting the circle.
You may not experience this nugget in the tutorials. I do not recall if it is included in tutorial content, but I learned it here from other forum users.
Welcome to the Forum and SOLIDWORKS.
As many others have said, try to look at some tutorials or training videos.
Another place to find videos are from Linked-In Learning (part of the Linked-In Website), and there are other on-line places - but as others have said, start with the basics and practice.
Is this at a new job, college or just on your own?
If it is with an employer, are they willing to send you for any formal training with your VAR (Value Added Re-seller - where the software is purchased from). If they are, I suggest first getting familiar with the basic screens and functions using tutorials, getting comfortable with it - and then taking the "Essentials" Class from your VAR.
When working with spheres, circles or similar objects you will usually need to connect the dimension to the center point or your will need to add reference points or lines (center-lines, points, Etc.).
The inclined line might also need a reference angle or line.
It is difficult for us to give you suggestions without seeing some examples of what you are doing.
If you could attach some images or what you have so far for a drawing it would help us to help you.
Mahita Aska wrote: at the moment, I'm having trouble with dimensions in the drawing layout. I have an inclined line & a sphere at a distance of 125 mm. I'm unable to show the distance between the inclined line & the sphere in plan.
Mahita Aska wrote:
From the limited information, my best guess is that:
Welcome to SolidWorks and to the forum.
To start, I suggest you perform the tutorials included with SolidWorks.
On the Help menu, select Tutorials.
Pick a topic and work through it.
For help using the forum, see this link:
How do I do this SOLIDWORKS Forum thing?
Don't get confused or overwhelmed by all the features.
focus on the basics first.
That's the basic core of the program.
Get good at making parts. Then get good at making assemblies. Then understand how to make drawings.
Then come here with questions and we'll help.
Tuck and roll....
Oh wait... That's my advice to new mountainbikers...
Just start modeling stuff...
It's harder to learn how to design for how your product will be manufactured, than actually learning the software.
it's harder knowing what your vendors, or your fab shop, or your machine shop, etc... need on prints than learning the actual software.
my.solidworks.com is best for lesrning SWX basics
Like everything else, training and practice. Go a training class, go thru the tutorials, practice.
Welcome to the Forum....
The learning curve depends on how you can comprehend things, some people are test takers and some aren't, some learn by doing and some learn by watching others...
The Forum is a great place to get help and has a vast data of SolidWorks issues that have been solved.
Attend any event that you var has. It was nice when Texas Engineering would have events at night. A little how to do something, a break with some drinks and cookies, then another presentation. Super nice when they have an office in the same town.
Attend training..... find out when the training classes are....
Find your local user group and never miss a meeting. show up early stay late, ask questions.
Read some books, ask the guru at the office for help. I get to spend a little time each week helping solve someones problem with the software. Report problems to you var. This is not working the way it should, or i cant make this work.
back in 2008 i would say go to the help file. that was a great year for that area. Nadia did a presentation on weldments at the user group and it was nothing but screen shots from the help file. Told us where to download all the profiles we wanted, how to make new ones. it was all there and it was true for every command that I wanted to look up in the next few years.
2019 i keep getting no results found and i am entering the exact terms used by the program.
so try the help file. maybe what you wanting to learn is there, or search the forum.
do a lot of reading. read the screen, experiment try different things till it works the way you want it to.
Last resort call VAR and ask for help here.
watch tutorials in youtube, for example, I have learned a lot from this channel
watch tutorials in you tube there is a channel that i follow called QUIKDIY
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