Anyone can help me with or give me tips on how to attack this project?
Not without seeing an image of what you are talking about.
For begininng this is the housing of the fan i need to re create
If this is your job, you need to get some training.
I would imagine your boss simply has unrealistic expectations for someone just out of school and starting out with SolidWorks. If this is something you need to do, you should be provided with training by your employer. If you are asking for help on where to get started, you are not going to be able to learn enough from sporatic help on a forum to complete this project. At a bare minimum, it looks like this project will require you to complete all of the tutorials that come with SW. Then come back and ask any specific questions that may arise.
All of this is with the understanding that your employer doesn't have unreasonable expectations of your SolidWorks ability due to some "embellishment". In that case, now is the time to be honest with your boss about your situation.
That is a complex project for a new user of SolidWorks. Without the rest of the detail drawings, even a seasoned user would have some problems.
Have you worked through the tutorials? When you have you will need to break down the sections into extrudable or revolveable profiles. That is something that would have to be thouroughly thought through to avoid later problems.
thanks for the feed back yea i do need to tell my boss but we are a small company only 3 people here bad thing is there is nobody to train me also its like my project to prove myself if i dont get this project done i might not have a job LBS
thanks aswell and no i havent been through the tutorial how do i ascess them
Go to Help > SolidWorks Tutorials.
There are also many tutorials on you tube.
Point your boss to this thread. It is totally unrealistic to expect a new user to complete that project in a reasonable period of time.
Where are you located? I think all VARs have training classes available as well. Unless you are particularly astute at learning new software and have a great problem-solving/engineering head or have some experienced guys there to help you out, it would be a wise investment for your boss to send you to the VAR for some training. If you get started out using SW incorrectly or inefficiently, you can end up wasting a LOT of time doing things the hard way... or even completely wrong... and waste a lot more money than the cost of the training.
yes I def agree with this i am in naperville Il, there is a training program. i will ask my boss to see if its possible to start these training classes. I do have sum solidworks knowledge, so i have been able to get thrpugh a cpuple other small parts this this complex is definitely a challege. hopefully they can afford to get me trained until then i will be lookin over the tuturials & youtube!
Kenneth, high on the list of important skills to cultivate in your career is expectation management. If this is your first professional job, you probably have a few notions about what you're capable of learned from the inspiring tales of people who never quit, believed in themselves when no one else did and and using wit, guile and determination overcame impossible odds to prove they could do anything if they were given a chance.
If you're trapped under a rock in a desert ravine, this is good. In business these traits run afoul of cost and time and rarely result in quality work. So, like Kevin said, if your boss doesn't know that you're just starting with Solidworks, tell him. If he gives you a chance to learn the software, but won't finance training and you can't afford the $1500 yourself, then do the tutorials-all of them-and then write out a plan for developing the housing.
Start with design intent: what fits in the housing; what does it mount to where are the areas of mininum clearance; is it symmetrical about an axis or plane; if the opening for the fan changes diameter, how should the other dimensions change-questions like that. Then write out your plan to develope the part/assembly. It's long-winded but two things will happen; you'll start to think of design in terms of this process and when you are stuck, you'll have a pretty clear idea of what specific questions to ask the forums.
Part of being a master is seeking the help of a greater authority than yourself. If you don't have a solidworks expert at your shop, call your VAR and find out where the user groups meet in your area so that you can network with people with similar experience.
I've been in your spot (with Autodesk Civil Design not Solidworks) and made all of the wrong decisions. I lost a client, came within a hair's breadth of gettting fired and got rode by my boss for 6 months until I restored his confidence in me and it all happened because I didn't tell him he wasn't giving me the resources or time needed to meet his or the client's expectations.
If you get fired for not being a miracle worker, it's for the best, anyway. Don't let anyone dangle you over a fire to make you perform.
awesome advice thank you they are definitely inspiring words, one question what is VAR?
Value Added Reseller - the company that sold you Solidworks and manages your software updates. They are also your go to for tech support questions and taking training courses.
Additional training possibility. It's a pretty simple online course style training, but should help learning it cheap and on your own terms. The "Silver" training is only $200. A good investment for the company in you, or even for you in your own future. http://www.myigetit.com/training/solidworks-training.aspx
That said, I also highly recomend some local networking. Other people in your field that live and work in your area provide can likely knowledge based on experience, as well as networking for your future. Look for a local users group, and reach out to those who manage it.
That is a daunting modeling task for a beginner. All the seasoned pros above have given you great advice.
If the detail drawing you have posted is in PDF format, you can extract additional information by downloading and installing the Brava reader. They have a website and the first month is free.
I use that software often enough to pay for it.
What it does is allow you to calibrate in x and y directions and then you can measure the missing sizes to assist your efforts.
Probably everyone here that has bothered to reply, has some degree of empathy for your circumstances.
Many of the respondents have been in exactly that crappy. sink, swim and/or be fired situation. You will almost get used to it!
Thank you I will defineitely give it a try, i am definitely trying to use all my resources to get this project complete, its difficult when u dont have the program at home as well as trying to get help when your the only engineer at a 3 person company with high expectations.
You should be able to get SolidWorks installed on your home PC. I would assume that since you are at a small company you have standalone licenses rather than network. If you are the primary user of SW on your PC you are allowed by the license agreement to install SolidWorks with the same serial number on your home PC.
One suggestion that I may add is find a model that is close to what you need to make,use the feature tree to see how they created each feature . It was very helpful for me when I started using SW when it first came out. There are also lots of short vids on utube about how to create difficult pieces of geo. But I do agree with what has been said, that is a very difficult part to model. It is always helpful to have the part in front of you with the print. If I may add another suggestion in reference to what Josh had said, if you are able to get a home license get a pair of calipers and find something to model, It was very helpful for me when there was no $$$ for training.
Hope this helps some, no one was born knowing how to do this.
I am in the same boat trying to learn SW. My company is afraid of people taking that software and using it for their own personal gain at home and wont allow us to install it. Part of the reasoning is that should we end our relationship they would have no idea if I (or others) actually deleted the software from our home systems. It's a real pain trying to learn new software, when at work I'm buried with work and I can't practice at home. Not that I have much time at home but even a 1/2 hour every few days would be better than nothing. I could probably get them to pay for a class but then I need to find time to take another class (I'm working on my masters now). So in my case I do a lot in AutoCAD and slip in the SW jobs in when I can and when I feel it's not too far outside my SW ability (I like to push what I can do but not to the point where it will kill a job).
Legitimately, you are a student. As such, I'd highly recommend investing the $150 into the student version. Gives you a home download and is based on a 1 year license. It's unfortunate your company feels that way about the HUL though. It's there for a reason. Such a waste when a user is willing to devote personal time to advance themselves.
should we end our relationship they would have no idea if I (or others) actually deleted the software from our home systems.
Your company just needs to keep a list of the licence numbers and contact SolidWorks to deactivate the applicable one when an employee leaves.
From Help > About SolidWorks > License Agreement
We recommend you also inform us of the names of all potential users so that we can notify them of upcoming updates and other pertinent information. If the Software is permanently installed on the hard disk or other storage device of a computer (other than a network server) and one person uses that computer more than 80% of the time it is in use, then that person may also use the Software on a portable or home computer while the original copy is not in use. (Due to export compliance issues, however, any person in the Asia-Pacific Region is restricted to using the Software on only one  computer.) You will keep accurate and up-to-date records of the numbers and locations of all copies of the Software; will supervise and control the use of the Software in accordance with the terms of this Agreement; and will provide copies of such records to DS SolidWorks upon reasonable request.
Your right I probably should and probably will when I can. Money has just been kind of tight right now, to say the least. Do you know how SW limits it's student version? I haven't done much research in this area.
In AutoCAD everything made or modified in a student version gets a stamp on it. Then any format you export that in print, pdf, block etc. gets stamped on all 4 sides with a note saying this was created by a student version. For the most part I don't mind that, but it can get very annoying. I have a lot of stuff that I have developed in classes and at places I have worked on full versions. Libraries and jobs that I often use to pull things from that are already created. You have to be very diligent about doing a save as or not saving the source files so you don't corrupt one of those files.
If I work on something in a SW student version at home would I be able to use it at work with our full version? I assume I can do this part w/o compatibility issues; can I take stuff from the full version at work and test things out on the student version?
I wish I could help you there. Most companies I've worked for have been fair and even encouraging with regards to the home licensing. As far as cross compatibility between education and full versions, I think that might go against the education version terms or use, so it might be intentionally crippled. But can't say for sure.
As far as money being tight, you also might want to contact your company's VAR. They might be able to assist you in some way as well. Explain the situation to them of your employers concern and that you'd like to inquire into the education version. You never know, they might be able to help.
That's it? Is that something the VAR takes care of? Is there a charge associated with doing that? Would I just get a hold of our VAR to get a copy for home? I'm thinking maybe if I can get proof from the VAR that they can easily disconnect me later and if I do it all on my own, then maybe just maybe... I may be calling my VAR...
The VAR is the one that gives the home licenses. It would probably be worth talking to them about it. They are the license vendor, and can answer any questions in regards to that issue. Worth the call. At worst, only a little time gets lost. At best, you get your situation resolved and get your HUL, or even an education version. Not sure if they'll have education licenses, but worth asking if the HUL request fails.
As far as I'm aware, it is as easy as that. Your VAR may be able to handle the deactivation for the company, but I believe a direct phone call or email to SW is all it takes. It is a good idea to call your VAR to confirm the details ... they may be able to give the correct phone number or email address to use.
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