We could all throw some input into the mix
Why and HTTP not an HTTPS?
Such best practice works when you're designing part by part.
Or converting from 2D paper to 3D.
Things like this don't really work for the whole SW using public in general. You have to make them for a specific company. Each company will have its own best practice, and some recommended practices at one company will be banned at another. If you tried to make something general, it would need a lot of caveats and exceptions.
Or use your book.
That's true, I did write a CAD Administration Bible, and it talks a lot about standards for 3D CAD. Of course this was 10 years ago, but most of the stuff is still valid. https://www.amazon.com/SolidWorks-Administration-Bible-Matt-Lombard/dp/0470537264/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_1?keywords=solidwork…
I used to do this kind of consulting for companies, and helped get a lot of 3D standards started for individual teams. There's not so much a "right" or "wrong" way of doing things, but it's important for people to do things in a standardized way within a company.
There are certainly some best practices for SolidWorks in general, such as using symmetry, cleaning up files such as removing unused features and mates, etc.
There is another thread going on right now of a new user who's assemblies were losing parts due to poor file management. He could have benefited from a best-practices type document giving some outline on how to organize his workflow.
Of course there is company-specific protocols as well, but often companies have adapted inefficient protocols. It's monumental to get them to see the error of their ways.
Right, but what kind of symmetry do you do? Sketch? Feature? Body? Rotational? 1 axis, 2 axis? Maybe unused features are used in configuration tables that have never been activated. Mates? How barbaric . You could give an 80/20 practice, with a disclaimer. That's about as far as I'd go. Or you could give some best practices per industry, like sheet metal, large assembly, wiring, bottle design, injection mold, powder metal, 3d print, physical chemistry, architecture, weldments, etc...
Need idea for a new book?
Good document overall already... None of it was software-specific. You could make it for SolidWorks just by replacing all the screenshots...
Useful advises for beginners or students
I wrote our 12 page Design and Drafting standards spec (for use with SW). The only time these guides work is if the folks who are using the software have the discipline or consistency to care about their design intent or data accuracy.
Don't use the term best practices at my current company, it will get you screamed at and told that the term has no place in the engineering environment.
The document I created at my last job was title Unified Design Guidelines and included similar content to that PDF, but it also had decision tables and rules specific to our products and manufacturing processes. For example, we standardized on certain structural member shapes/sizes so that we could reuse drop on future jobs versus having racks full of mismatched materials that were difficult to utilize later. I also included rules for how close holes could be to edges of material, how close structural members and plate could be to each other to ensure they could be welded effectively and efficiently, etc.
I believe it would be a good idea to publish this document here...
Vladimir Urazhdin wrote: I believe it would be a good idea to publish this document here...
Vladimir Urazhdin wrote:
I think I saved a copy of it on my backup drive before I left there. I guess I could remove some of the company-specific stuff and post it.
Along with what Matt Lombard said above, we have sort of one but it's tailored more towards how to do several things inside the Smarteam environment (our current PDM system).
This is definitely great for new people. This is extremely basic and stuff that I should know from learning in my CAD classes. I have created my own internal document(s) for new ppl who need to create new parts or assemblies. This involves many documents as one of them shows part/assembly/drawing templates and where to find them. I also have a document that explains how an assembly should be oriented according to the origin so that every assembly is mated exactly the same way. I even have a whole document on how to use PDM correctly. I have about 40 documents that explains exactly how we do things here at our company. Its just like everyone was saying above, each company has their own preferences on how to do things. Some details that are in these documents would definitely not apply to another job I was working at, so it all depends on your company and whats best.
edit: just to add to this, 95% of all the information in the document that was posted here is something that I would expect every new employee to know if they are going to be working in the engineering department.
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