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Crazy iPhone Madness in Solidworks

Crazy iPhone Madness in Solidworks

Saturday, February 24, 2018 | By | Add a Comment

Crazy iPhone Madness in Solidworks

Hey all!  So I’m back to talk about more of the many things that I have been up to lately.  One of these things was yet another enjoyable tutorial from the one and only Solidwork’s Mecca of learning….www.LearnSolidWorks.com.  Yes, once again I made my (what seems like weekly) pilgrimage to the great digital tomes of Solidworks knowledge to enlighten my inner Solidworks designer and to achieve a greater place of transcendental empowerment in Solidworks modeling design.  But the path to any kind of empowerment is not easy, and after many frantic nights of computer crashing, starting over from scratch, lots of mediation in the form of clicking on the power off icon on my computer and going to bed with a severely nasty headache, and yes…hair pulling; I finally arrived at a place of….well, maybe not great enlightenment, but I will say completion.  But, I did learn many wonderful, interesting things along the way.  Yes, Jan gave us yet another fulfilling tutorial in the form of designing one of those things we just cant live without these days (whether you like it or not)….the Apple iPhone.

This was definitely a fun little jaunt Solidworks modeling.  There was much to learn in customization of parts and appearances throughout the tutorials.  While designing iPhones was not too difficult of a project in itself; there were other minor areas such as creating the etching for the model stamping on the back of the iPhones, and more noticeably, creating the Apple logo for the iPhone 6 Plus model which was only provided with a sketch image of the logo.  Other areas of notability include changing the color of the etchings to display for rendering, adjusting the appearances and color of the screens, and adding and adjusting the screen decals to display properly and with enough luminosity to render properly.

The decals were probably the only real problem area of the tutorials.  I also found that the iPhone 3G model had several different appearances for the screen which included other appearances created before splitting the face of the front of the model to become the two seperate entities of the face and the touchscreen.  I had to do a bit of tweaking in order to get a good luminosity on the screen in order for it to render with enough ability to see the lightened touchscreen and its buttons.  The charger was relatively easy with a nice sweep involved in the creation of the cable.

This tutorial also came with some other useful information on rendering and the setup and arrangement of your assemblies for rendering processing.  These tutorials give us a little bit more information on rendering image size, lighting, gamma, camera creation and placement, and backgrounds and environments.  They are a great addition to have for any novice Solidworks designer just beginning to work with and understand the program.

Have fun and happy modeling!

Solidworks Audi R8 Tutorial by Dan Lavoie

Solidworks Audi R8 Tutorial by Dan Lavoie

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 | By | Add a Comment


Solidworks Audi R8 Tutorial by Dan Lavoie

Well, hello again from your FAVORITE blogger!  I know, I know….I have had many a delay in posting my blogs as of late, but I have been excpetionally busy for some time now with many, many things which never seem to get accomplished and go away.  I have lately accomplished something worth blogging about, and I thought I would share it with you.  For anyone wanting to learn and practice surface modeling in Solidworks, there is a variety of tutorials available throughout the web.  Three key websites for Solidworks tutorials are: www.learnsolidworks.com, www.solidworkszen.com, and www.solidstufflearning.com.  The first two websites I mentioned have some very in-depth and advanced mechanical design tutorials.  I will go into more detail on these websites at a later time.  The last website I mentioned has amazing surface modeling tutorials available for a price.  But, hey, nothing is free in this world now, right?  In fact, things are REALLY, REALLY, REALLY, REALLY EXPENSIVE, aren’t they!!!!!  Even that piece of dirty half eaten, maggot infested, decaying, diseased chicken bone you just were caught stealing out of the garbage bin could potentially be pricey…..you just never know, do you?  Chances are something like that wouldn’t be pricey at all…..however, it could have been placed there as a marker for some member of a bloodthristy crime gang for whatever reasons, and you just took it….and interfered with their business, on their turf!  Like I said….you never know.  So, with that said, let me continue.  Where was I?  Oh yes, so right now, if you can fork out $90 for a Solidworks tutorial on this site, you can purchase a wonderful tutorial on how to model an Audi R8!  Just look at the stunning pictures I created of my Audi R8 from start to finish!  Wooooowwwwww, and who knew Solidworks could create such purrrdy pictures?  I do hope you have a LOT of time set aside to do this project if you are considering it, because it does take a bit of time to complete…..just a warning!  However, when you finally complete the project, you will feel a sense of accomplishment and you will learn quite a bit in the process, especially for people who need to have things shown over and over to them to get it through their thick heads, like me!  (Not from years of suffering fits of delerium from learning things like these projects…..no, not at all, hahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! :(:):((((!%$#%$#@!!!!!

When you purchase the download, you get access to a zip file that you must unzip and then you will get a media player software access to play the included video tutorials to complete the project.  Each video runs about a minute to three minutes max.

I found the project to be very informative and I thought that it instructed me well on a variety of fundamental functions in surface modeling.  These key designer methods are as follows, but are not limited to:

  • Curves and projected curves
  • Converting Entities
  • Splitting surfaces and split lines
  • Offsetting lines and surfaces
  • The spline and relations
  • The use of vertical, horizontal, perpendicular, parallel, tangent, and other relations
  • Piercing endpoints to other lines
  • Planes and sketching on planes to create complex shapes in difficult areas
  • Extruded boss/bases, extruded cuts, revolved boss/bases, revolved cuts, lofted boss/bases, swept boss/bases
  • Boundary surfaces
  • Trimming surfaces and entities
  • Cut with surface
  • Knitting surfaces
  • Deleting faces and bodies
  • Fillets
  • Thickening surfaces
  • Combining bodies
  • Cut, copy, pasting and moving entities and bodies
  • And many more!

This was an extremely fulfilling tutorial on all fronts.  I felt it showed me and ingrained some of the essential things that any modeler needs to be introduced to surface modeling in Solidworks. If you have $90 available and you are willing to set aside some time to work on a project like this, then I would highly recommend that you try this tutorial.  Not only is there an Audi R8 tutorial available now at half the price, there is also a tutorial on creating an F16 fighter jet, a Ferrari F-430 tutorial, and a Lamborghini Gallardo tutorial available now at HALF THE PRICE!

With that said, I wish you luck.  I am going to go now and work on my next project.  YAY!

 

Auto CAD DXF Three Common Mistakes That People Make When Converting Patterns to DXF-AAMA File Format

Auto CAD DXF Three Common Mistakes That People Make When Converting Patterns to DXF-AAMA File Format

Sunday, January 29, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

Auto CAD DXF Three Common Mistakes That People Make When Converting Patterns to DXF-AAMA File Format

Hello my readers, the modern world of fashion design and smart fashion requires the use of computer technology and, of course, the use of a variety of computer applications to work with creating modern apparel in precise designs and dimensions.  The success of a modern fashion label requires the knowledge and use of this technology to stay on top and ahead of the global competition in the fashion world.  In researching the use of nesting programs used in fashion production, I found some interesting information regarding the use of DXF files, which are AutoCAD related files, or Drawing Exchange Format files.  These files are used often in nesting programs, where these files are placed on a layout that is used to cut the specific pieces according to the nested file’s dimensions.  The original design and dimensions are created in a program such as AutoCAD, and then imported into a nesting program where they are placed to be cut or sewn on a machine for mass production.  So, please take the time to read some of these mistakes commonly made by people when they are trying to convert a pattern into this type of file.

DXF-AAMA is a file format developed by the American Apparel Manufacturers Association in an attempt to solve the difficulties of using DXF files.  Now when talking about converting a pattern into a DXF (Drawing exchange Format. ) you will find that your converted pattern does not contains neither scale or units nor usually any method of reliably describing what needs to be cut, drawn, drilled or notched in your pattern file however, this file is the most commonly used format for exchange of drawing files.  Listed below, are three of the most commonly made mistakes made by people not software when trying to convert a pattern into this type of file.

1rst Problem: Thinking that your pattern will be a print file and not a cut file.

Thinking that your converted DXF CAD pattern file will be kept in a computer system for further modifications is a common mistake.  Most of the time, your converted file pattern will be neither needed nor wanted.  The purpose of the document is to generate tool paths for a machine.  So keep that in mind when formatting and exporting.  In most cases nobody will need to open the drawing in a CAD program, so eliminate what is not essential.  Think about what is needed in a drawing, format and export accordingly.

2rd problem: Not making the outline of your pattern into one closed polyline creating nesting problems.

In computer graphics a polygonal chain is called a polyline and is often used to approximate curved paths. Not closing your pattern outline will create problems when nesting your pattern and processing your DXF file.

3rd problem: Including objects in a drawing that are unnecessary.

Information such as Fabric type, sewing details, pattern codes, designer comments etc.  They all should not be included in your pattern as these will obstruct the conversion process.  Think of a way to hide or make invisible these text blocks put a reference layer or delete all information before exporting to DXF.

To conclude, three of the most common AAMA DXF pattern conversion mistakes are done by people and not by software.  Converting a pattern into a DXF (Drawing exchange Format.) will allow other CAD programs to read and import your digital pattern into tangent or any other nesting and plotting programs.  Some information lost in the conversion process include: No available information to find if your pattern has a scale or units, notching information, drill marks etc.  Not making the outline of your pattern into one close polyline and including non essential objects like text blocks all around a pattern will all contribute to badly formatted DXF files.

Occupation: Designer/ Prod. Pattern Making Consultant Leading Technical Designer, Alejandro Esparza owner of www.smartpatternmaking.com has provided for over 23 years, Auto CAD DXF and DXF-AAMA pattern converting services to many top manufacturing companies of our time in Los Angeles CA USA.
8 Tips to Help You Master Solidworks

8 Tips to Help You Master Solidworks

Saturday, December 24, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

8 Tips to Help You Master Solidworks

When it comes to mechanical computer aided design (CAD) software, SolidWorks is quickly becoming the industry leader.  You may already be familiar with the basics of Solidworks, but how do you become a master of this high tech tool?  SolidWorks provides a powerful set of engineering design tools to design products better no matter what size your business is.  While the software is technically amazing in that it allows you to design and test virtual prototypes of any imaginable device, learning how to use it is no small achievement.

To get the most out of SolidWorks, you need to be extremely familiar with the program.  This includes all of the many nooks and crannies as well as add-on programs.  The key to honing your SolidWorks skills is practice and training.  The better you understand the program, the more efficient and productive you’ll be at design.  Here are eight tips to improve your design skills and help you become a master SolidWorks user:

1. Formal Training.  One of the best ways to get started with a new software program is taking a formal class.  In a classroom you’ll get invaluable hands on instruction from a Solidworks professional instructor.  You’ll be committed to showing up and learning, plus the peer pressure of the other students will motivate you to put in the extra effort that would likely not occur if teaching yourself.

2. Non-traditional training.  There are numerous online training materials and books if you prefer to be “home-schooled”.  You can learn at your own pace, but must be motivated enough to keep at it.  Just Google Solidworks training and you’ll see tons of third-party training videos, books, etc.

3. Value Added Resellers (VARs).  You can often find special events for new users from your local SolidWorks VAR.  VARs often offer seminars or night schools where you can find out more about SolidWorks.

4. User Groups.  In order to stay current and network with other SolidWorks users, joining a user group is a great idea. It’s typically free to join and you can learn technical tips from other users. Search for a user group near you at www.swugn.org.

5. Be a Superuser.  Become the go-to person at your company – the SolidWorks guru.  Let other users come to you with their questions and problems.  Considering yourself to be an expert will motivate you to learn more.

6. Discussion Forums.  Getting involved in a discussion forum is a great way to get help or submit advice based on your previous experience.  Solidworks maintains one of the best at forum.solidworks.com.

7. CSWP Test.  The Certified SolidWorks Professional exam provides a standard measure of SolidWorks competency.  You’ll feel confident in your skills and be recognized by employers as a certified user.

8. Create CAD Standards.  To ensure productivity in SolidWorks, create a CAD standard book. Document how to begin new parts and drawings, how to handle design revisions, how you manage standard parts, and so on.

The best approach to mastering SolidWorks is to mix and match several of the eight techniques listed above.  As the saying goes practice makes perfect.  Each year there are new releases, so you’ll want to stay current with new features of the software.

AutoCAD Training Sites Overseas in Delhi!

AutoCAD Training Sites Overseas in Delhi!

Saturday, December 24, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

AutoCAD Training Sites Overseas in Delhi!

AutoCAD is a commercial software application developed for two and three-dimensional computer-aided design or CAD.  It was introduced in the year 1982 by Autodesk Inc. that used to run smoothly on microcomputers with internal graphic controllers.  Previously, before its introduction CAD programs used to run on mainframe computers or minicomputers.  At that time there was a separate graphic terminal for each user.

At present it has developed a lot and is spread over a wide arena.  Project managers, architects, engineers etc. all use this software for designing and coming-up with their initial framework.  In each sphere especially designing and civil engineering, this software application is required.  This software is used globally in the field of architectural and mechanical design.  Currently, there are many institutions offering professional training on this tool in all the cities of India including Delhi.  One just needs to find out the best AutoCAD centre in Delhi to learn this astounding software.

These days, in engineering school, this is mandatory software that one needs to learn.  However, it is not possible to learn all the aspects there with shortened classes.  Therefore, a student must take a professional training on it that will not only benefit him during studies, but also in a career after completion of the degree course in college.

Looking at its increasing demand, many professionals are now offering short and long term certificate courses on it.  Depending on the requirement according to the respective field, one can choose the course and enroll in it to obtain the necessary skills for better career growth and opportunities.

In Delhi too there are many centres apart from other cities of the country.  The national capital provides a number of AutoCAD training centres to all the aspirants in the city.  The industry specialists who possess immense knowledge in the field and know what is required as per trend offer valuable knowledge and great assistance to the students.

Hence, one can choose the best AutoCAD centre in Delhi and start the training immediately.  Do not wait until your resume is rejected as a result of a lack of knowledge and experience using this software.  So, just pick the best school for your needs and start your training as soon as possible.  The classes are open for all students and professionals according to their need.

For more information regarding Best Auto CAD Centre in Delhi and Expert AutoCAD Centre India. Please visit at: hrcadcentre.com
Solidworks Yacht Tutorial

Solidworks Yacht Tutorial

Monday, December 12, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

Solidworks Yacht Tutorial

Hello my readers, so I wanted to talk today about an incredible tutorial that I stumbled upon from searching the web for Solidworks tutorials.  This tutorial is the creation of a full sized yacht and a truck and trailer to transport your completed yacht to the high seas for your virtual adventures abroad.  This Solidworks yacht tutorial is incredible, and so is the designer.  His name is Jan-Willem Zuyderduyn and he is the Solidworks expert who posts his wonderful tutorials on a website called www.LearnSolidWorks.com for members to access.  But, in order to take part in his tutorials and community, you must become a member.  And, as I said once before, everything has a price….and so does becoming a member and accessing his yacht tutorial and other tutorials is absolutely not free, and for good reason!  I mean, would you offer free tutorials of your hard work that you spent countless hours toiling over and perfecting for anyone to use your creations to their benefit and gain your tricks of the trade when you could and should be making more money instead of them?  I didn’t think so….

The price of the yacht course is quite high, but if you are willing to fork out the $220 or possibly more, then you can gain a wealth of valuable information and skills in learning and using Solidworks from a certified Solidworks instructor who continually updates his website and forums.  For anyone wanting to learn and increase their skills and knowledge in Solidworks, this is absolutely one site that you should consider as an aid to upgrade your Solidworks design skills.  Jan is also available to e-mail and assist you if you ever have any questions for him as well.

There are a lot of tutorials out there claiming to give you the skills and expertise you need to become a better Solidworks designer, but only a very few really deliver.  LearnSolidWorks.com is one of those sites that is developed for a community of Solidworks designers in order to provide new or experienced Solidworks designers some advanced projects to develop the skills they need to increase their abilities with Solidworks.