5 Replies Latest reply on Aug 30, 2012 10:34 AM by Ryan McVay

    Solidworks Newbie

    Brad Reinagle

      Hello All,


      I am a Solidworks Newbie.

      Been a long time Pro/E user (19 years)

      Changed employment and have actually been subjected to NX for awhile.

      The company I work for reluctantly got a couple seats of Solidworks because of some partnerships and aquisitions with other companies etc.

      So fortunately I am restricted to omly NX anymore. But all of my Solidworks experience has been OTJ training. I have the modeling aspect down fairly well

      But I am struggling with drawing issues.

      So I will be on these pages quite a bit.

      Please be patient with me, as I will frequently reference Pro/E as that is where the majority of my CAD experience comes from.


      Looking forward to being a member on here.




        • Re: Solidworks Newbie
          Jeremy Feist



          I would start with the built-in tutorials (under help->SolidWorks Tutorials) that should at least get you familiar with the features and terminology.

          • Re: Solidworks Newbie
            Chris Michalski

            Welcome Brad. 


            I'm sure you'll find a wealth of knowledge and many very helpful people here. 


            Don't be afraid to ask questions, no matter how simple they seem.  I was with Mech Desktop for 10 years before switching to Solidworks 12 years ago and I still learn new things just by watching the forums for interesting topics.  (Plus it's comforting to know that other people rant about the same issues.)

            • Re: Solidworks Newbie
              Jeff Holliday

              Glad to have in the discussion group. I would highly suggest finding the closest SWorks User Group to your location also. There are a large number of them throughout the World. You can find the listings on the Community section of the SWorks Customer Portal. No charge, no commitment, just good people sharing and learning like you!

              • Re: Solidworks Newbie
                Ryan McVay


                I'm in the same boat as you, with over 20 years of NX, which I found to be pretty straight forward, all the functions off of the MB3, etc. and having been bashing my head against the keyboard in attempts to work with SW. As you mentioned modeling process aren't that hard and the concepts are similar- much more limiting in SW-but that’s from my point of view. When it comes to learning this system the hard part is mapping commands and functions that have become more of habit to the new system.


                When it comes to drafting I find it interesting that SW appears to have adopted an AutoCAD approach with controlling titleblocks, titleblock text and then the drawing views..my opinion these "layers" to the drawing make things harder than they should be.



                It's this level of change that affects the "habits" we've been used to that are difficult to overcome. Keep it up and remember you are habit breaking and forming...it will take awhile..and can be painful as I can attest to the waffle printing on my forehead from the keyboard!


                As for training, a good, inexpensive, online source is the igetit subscription training. I find it interesting that the OEMs haven't figured out that they truly need to offer "Transition" courses. igetit has one but its AutoCAD to SolidWorks. Siemens offered a free Pro/E to NX and an I-deas to NX course at one time in their Learning Advantage subscription.


                My pet peeve: DON'T repeat the use of the same icon for "similar" functions!!!