Why can I not find any tutorial here that shows ho to create a dimensioned engineering drawing from a model?
There is a tutorial in SolidWorks for preparing dimensioned drawings from parts created in associated tutorials. I am pretty sure there are some in MySolidWorks.com also depending on what level of subscription you have to MySolidworks.com.
Don Hatchard wrote: Why can I not find any tutorial here that shows ho to create a dimensioned engineering drawing from a model?
Don Hatchard wrote:
There are basics.....so if you are looking HOW to create dimensions and such inside Solidworks, there are plenty of tutorials for that.
However, if you are looking for a tutorial about how to create an engineering drawing for manufacture of an item, then you might have a tougher time.
The reason is that there are many standards for different types of drawings in different countries, etc... There are ANSI and ISO standard (there are probably more)...
I would reference the set of ASME 14 set of standards (starting with ASME 14.100 - Engineering Drawing and Practices)
Depending on your situation, (whether you are working or in school) you might be able to get your hands on the standard. If not, then ask around where you can get one. Or you can buy one online.
If that is not feasible, then sit down with another designer/detailer and ask a ton of questions. The feedback from experience is invaluable.
Launch SolidWorks. Near the upper right corner click on the triangle next to the question mark. Then select SOLIDWORKS Tutorials.
The third section is all about drawings...
It really is all about Company Practices and Internationally recognized standards.
I have reviewed thousands of drawings and I can tell you that most of them don't adhere to any standards. The best that you can do for yourself is to intimately learn how to manufacture anything you are designing. Nothing is a better teacher than hands-on experience. Unless it's artwork, everything you design needs to be manufactured. Understanding the tools, cutters and machines as well as the raw materials (and how they react) that will actually be used to make your design will go a very long way to help you get better drawings.
The second most important concept to grasp is tolerance and it's effect on cost and manufacturing method. Additionally, how stack-up tolerances work is important.
I could continue with a laundry list knowledge and experience needed to actually produce great technical drawings, but I'm sure you are starting to understand.
It isn't easy or quick to learn. Be patient and ask lot's of questions. You will get this.
Welcome to the forum!
I'm presuming that you might be new to SolidWorks (forgive me if I'm wrong). As the guys have mentioned above, the inbuilt tutorials are massively underrated and should be your first stop for grasping the basics, and even some higher skills. Like most, you get the software and want to create the most wonderful things straight from the word go and then BANG...... you hit a brick wall. Take the time to run through each tutorial. It will pay dividends to you in the long run......
Just my opinion..
Jeff, Dan, Rick and Dave,
Thank you all for your replies. Im sorry, I should have been more clear. I knew where the tutorials were listed but when I bring down the menu where it shows the tutorials, and I click on any of them, all it is is text describing what the tutorial is about. There is no action link or button to click to start the actual lesson. I used Solidworks for years as an engineer, then I moved into Sales. So Ive been out of circulation on it for about 4 years and I forgot how to make a drawing, I scanned through about 60 videos on the YouTube channel but couldnt find it there.
Sorry for the misleading question.....
Don Hatchard wrote:... Ive been out of circulation on it for about 4 years and I forgot how to make a drawing,........
... Ive been out of circulation on it for about 4 years and I forgot how to make a drawing,........
Click on the arrow and select one of these two options.
If you select the New option, then select the Drawing template.
OK, do you see this link at he bottom?
Clicking that brings you to here:
If you keep clicking through those links, you eventually get to here:
Well, its possible that the link simply isn't there for some reason. (graphics issue/resolution problem/installment issue). If it really isn't there, then I would have an issue as well and might not be able to figure it out.
That being said, sometimes I need some hand holding as well because I miss something very important.
Have you ever been given a SW tip that you didn't know existed?
I agree though, sometimes there is too much hand holding. and I am guilty sometimes as well.
Dennis Dohogne wrote: I certainly meant no offense to you or to anyone offering help on this forum.
Dennis Dohogne wrote:
I certainly meant no offense to you or to anyone offering help on this forum.
None taken.....I was just explaining my reasoning.
How kind of you to make assumptions that make you look like an ass. While I appreciate all of the help given on this forum, keep in mind you know not what someone's situation is and perhaps there is a valid reason, (not that I need your validation) for me not responding quickly enough for you Dennis. The hyperlink was not in fact at the end of the tutorial that's why I resorted ot Solidworks YouTube channel. I admitted that I was rusty at this. I'm not some 2nd year Mechanical engineering student who would rather be drinking beer. I am a 34 year tenured Engineering and Sales professional in the Aerospace Manufacturing industry who is being tasked with a project just outside of his realm of capability who stepped outside his comfort zone and asked for help.
I deserved that. My sincere apologies.
Its all good. I understand where you're coming from, been there in my own regard so I get it.
The student hold hands type come in waves and would really like to know if they ever get anywhere if they're cut off from YouTube, some of us are quick to the trigger... Carry on
John Stoltzfus wrote: The student hold hands type come in waves
John Stoltzfus wrote:
The student hold hands type come in waves
I believe my firm, Dewdrop, Cheatem & Hold'mUp, ltd, inc., can help you deal with these waving students...
Yes, Dan, some hand holding was necessary this time. Thank you for being more patient than others on this forum.
Ive figured it out for the most part, found good detailed tutorials on the YouTube channel.
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