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The 28th SOLIDWORKS Power-User Challenge - Interface in Your Face, Power-Mating Edition

Question asked by Alin Vargatu on Mar 17, 2020
Latest reply on Jul 3, 2020 by Alin Vargatu

Hello SOLIDWORKS Power-Users and welcome the 28th SWPUC!

 

Update: Added one more deadline, for those of you who want to beat the times recorded before April 14th.

 

First Deadline all Sections - 11:59 am EDT on Tuesday, April 14th 2020

If you submitted your entries before the first deadline you are entitled to all the prizes as described below.

 

Second Deadline all Sections - 11:59 am EDT on Friday, May 15th 2020

If you submitted your entries after the first deadline but before the second, you can win the same prizes if your recorded times are the best of all times.

 

Do you remember how much fun we had in 2017 with this challenge? With the unbelievable enhancements introduced in the Assembly Environment by the latest releases (especially 2020), it is time to measure our skills in a Power-Mating Challenge.

 

We recognize the fact that not all SOLIDWORKS users upgraded to 2020 yet, so we will have several sections in this challenge. You are free to compete in one or more of the sections.

 

 

Section #1: In-Context Toolbars

1. Please watch this video for a detailed explanation of what is required. I know it is long, but, as a bonus, contains a lot of technical tips and tricks.

 

2. Download the attached file set (SOLIDWORKS 2010 or newer)

 

3. Set a camera (or a phone - ideally in a landscape mode) that could capture your screen, mouse and keyboard. Watch the videos from this challenge for inspiration.

3.a. As Jeff Parker suggested, you can use the Rx tool to record the video. If you do that, please do not send the whole Rx zip file, because it contains your Serial Number. Dig into the zip file and save out only the wmv video file.

 

4. Create the assembly shown in the video. A 2017 version of the completed assembly (using Width mates for the Spider) is attached.

 

5. Do not use:

  • FeatureManager Tree
  • Keyboard Shortcuts with the following exceptions:
    • keyboard shortcut that moves the Breadcrumbs to the mouse (Default is "D")
    • ESCAPE key
  • Command Manager
  • Toolbars other than the context toolbars (note that context toolbar can be customized)
  • Mouse Gestures
  • Macros
  • Fixed conditions
  • Mate references

 

6. The assembly contains the following structure:

 

7. In the Crank sub-assembly you are allowed to use up to 6 mates.

  • Note that in my video I had the Crank-Shaft not mated to its subassembly origin. Please add that mate

 

8. At the top-level assembly you are allowed to use up to 17 mates

 

9. The Crank subassembly will have one rotational degree of freedom.

 

10. Upload the video (or post a link to the video) and your zipped file set to this thread. If you post a video link, please use YouTube or OneDrive for streaming it.

 

Section #2: Freestyle

Same as Section #1, but you can use:

  • Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Mouse Gestures
  • Toolbars
  • FeatureManager Tree

Still cannot use:

  • Macros
  • Fixed conditions
  • Mate references

 

Section #3: Freestyle - The New Generation

Same as Section #2, but you need to safely hold at least a baby during the challenge (video proof required).

 

First Deadline all Sections - 11:59 am EDT on Tuesday, April 14th 2020

Second Deadline all Sections - 11:59 am EDT on Friday, May 15th 2020

 

Prizes:

  • 10,000 points and a SWPUC Certificate for the fastest time in Section #1

  • 5,000 points and a SWPUC Certificate for the second fastest time in Section #1

  • 2,000 points and a SWPUC Certificate for the third fastest time in Section #1

  • 10,000 points and a SWPUC Certificate for the fastest time in Section #2
  • 5,000 points and a SWPUC Certificate for the second fastest time in Section #2
  • 2,000 points and a SWPUC Certificate for the third fastest time in Section #2
  • For the Free Style - The New Generation - Contest (First video posted, showing a user completing the challenge while holding a baby):

    • One prize of 10,000 points, in support of new parents who are also SOLIDWORKS Power-Users, but cannot participate in the other events, because they need to hold the baby
    • Extra 1,000 points for each extra baby held while completing the challenge (for parents who have twins or multiples).

 

Disclaimers:

1. I tried to consider all variables in defining this challenge, but most likely you will tell me that we might need to adjust them. Therefore, I reserve the right to make adjustments to all of the above at any time during the challenge. If I do that, will make it clear what changes.

 

2. No babies should be harmed while recording these videos!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is your responsibility to keep your babies safe!

 

Last, but not least, many thanks to John Stoltzfus for his generous donations in support of this challenge!

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