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>Just read the sticky.
>Theres nothing about Solidworks.
>Have any of you guys used Solidworks before?
>How did you learn it?
>Are there any books or links you recommend for someone with limited knowledge on Solidworks?
>Inb4 Youtube
>Inb4 Google
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>>584020
Why are you dismissing all these excellent sources and making your and our life unnecessarily hard?
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>>584020
>Have any of you guys used Solidworks before?
Yes, in the context of having to learn it so I could teach it
>How did you learn it?
The software literally has the training materials required for certification (i.e. what I was teaching, and the reason students came to me) built into it’s tutorial system. I called Dassault Systems up, asked them to provide me with a license so that I could evaluate the software for training purposes, and they did. IIRC it was a 30 or 60 day license, which is plenty of time even at half days (I spent the other half teaching CS 6) to learn the ins and outs of the interface, how the tools work, how to set up and run simulations- basically what guys like mechanical/electrical/material engineering and design guys need.
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>>584020
Don't use solidworks, use fusion 360
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>>584020
>Just read the sticky.
>Theres nothing about Solidworks
There are probably 10 people that occasionally browse /3/ and use CAD programs. That said, most CAD software uses the same code to build your objects with a different interface, and like
>>584091
said. CAD programs have help menus and tutorials for every function and command built in. That's where you'll have a problem with
>Inb4 Youtube
>Inb4 Google
unless you are going to pay for professional education.
>Are there any books or links you recommend for someone with limited knowledge on Solidworks?

see
>Inb4 Youtube
>Inb4 Google

To figure out basic ways to build the object you are looking to create or to just figure out the basics of what 3D modeling in a CAD prpgram is (Curves vs Planes vs Solids, Booleans, Revolves, Tangents, Sweeps, Etc.)

I learned everything I know of CAD programs, Rendering programs, Animations, Photoshop, Illustrator and how to build my portfolio websites with youtube and google, so seeing someone clearly against that is kind of impressive. It's free education that is just as good as any school if you are willing to learn it yourself and not looking for some secret codes to be amazing at CAD in 3 days.
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Solidworks is great. I took 2 uni courses in it and use it daily for work.

I got gud by taking on building a weeby action figure as my final for the first course. Learning to model organic shapes in SW really helps you get a good grasp of how the tools function and what they can do.

I know he teaches at a few colleges, but if you can find one of the courses by David Curiel he is EXCELLENT. Knows the program, truly loves the program, and he's a fan of anime and toys so if you want to learn to build props or figures he'll support you 100%. He also provides FANTASTIC videos on every step. Can't recommend him enough.
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>>584138
Fusion 360 is also good but it has a different purpose and different strengths from Solidworks.
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>>584138
>>584376
Fusion 360 is shit and not suitable for real engineering. Don't expect to get any jobs using that shitware.
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Use it daily for work, we make metal sheet products and Solidworks has great tools for that.
I legally downloaded Lyndas videos on SW2016 and it helped with the basics, learnt metal sheet working from YT tutorials.




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