I want to get involved in learning to design using solid works.I don't have a clue where to start.Is there a group I could join to learn solidworks?
Any suggestion would be much appreciated.
Welcome to the forum. The built-in tutorials are a good place to start.
You can also search for a local user group: SolidWorks User Group Network .
Most community colleges offer courses in Solidworks where you can get a good start. You could start by running through the built in tutorials if you have the software. There are also several books you can buy that will teach you the software. It really all depends on how you prefer to learn. I don't know of any specific groups you could join but this forum is filled with great users who can help answer questions you come across while using the software.
I have gone through some of the tutorials but would need something more substantial.
How much would solidworks cost? I would imagine it would be quite costly.I just wanna design stuff just as a hobby.This stuff interests me.
Your local library may have a subscription to Lynda.com, which has about 40 hours of video instruction on solidworks, and more for other CAD tools.
SolidWorks standard will run you about $4995+maintenance, so figure $6000.
If you're looking to do just design stuff as a hobby, that may be too steep of a price though.
Will check out the book.Yes 6 grand is a lot.
If you consider 3D modelling as a hobby, you may try FreeCad:
This is 3D parametric modeling system based on Pyton and includes free Simulation Add-in (Static FEA).
YouTube has tons of videos.
Online training with SolidProfessor or Igetit.com.
Amazon.com: solidworks for dummies
Come back and ask more questions.
If you are looking for a free 3D CAD tool try ONSHAPE
It is similar to Solidworks and would be a good starting point, it would get you going and if you do go for Solidworks training an you would have some of the principals under your belt. Hope this helps.
I have been and still using Solidworks for 14 years.
It is altogether impossible to tell you how you best learn SW as long as your preferred methods of learning are unknown:
Are you autodidact, i.o.w., have you studied problems by yourself in the past? Then go buy a good book, but not before having seen a bunch -- or all of them. Sometimes the methods the author uses and/or his "voice" make all the difference.
Are you a sequential, visual guy? Then maybe videos would do you better than books. But be warned, they are lots more expensive, especially if you consider the "density of stuff per hour" ratio, which is considerably lower than with books. You have to like the voice of the narrator, too. Also, unlike textbooks, videos have you watch at a fixed speed. Not for everyone!
Lastly, Forget About Youtube! This is third-rate stuff by non-experts that enhances confusion more than anything else.
Are you a hands-on guy? Then go with a human tutor or webinars. This is the most expensive method for sure, but it could get you in days what would take you weeks to acquire by other means. You always have to consider the value of your own time, too!
But maybe, the problem lies with your question.
You see, SW isn't all that much of a problem. The method of parametric history-based modeling, on the other hand, is: Basically you have to learn to dissect a given model into primitives and then build it back up in the software from scratch. If you know about this method, the constructive solid geometry or CSG in short, the software itself almost becomes irrelevant, if SW, SE, NX, Inventor, Alibre, or even ProE or CATIA: All these programs work alike. It's just like you can easily switch from OpenOffice to Word in a couple of days as long as you have understood the concept of document and formatting templates.
So, my tip would be: Find a good book -- the research alone might just get you into the right mood.
Hey, you're not by any chance related to Deelip, are you? 'cause he could tell you about that stuff just as well
Learning Solidworks 2016 by Randy H. Shih SDC publications
hi! that's a nice site, at least its what it seems, but, are there any more?! thkz!
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