SolidWorks Software
The Worlds most popular
3D modeler

SolidWorks software is one of most popular 3D modeling programs. It's most compelling benefits are that it is both easy to use and easy to learn. This is important if you have to train a new operator quickly to meet the demands of your customers for 3D solid models.

Solid Works demo

Before you sign up for a SolidWorks software demo, it's a good idea to arm yourself with some basic information. Naturally the SolidWorks rep will want you to think that hteir software is the greatest thing since sliced bread. But you should consider the impact this software will have on your business.

Pro's of Solid Works Software

  • Easy to learn basic modeling, assembly and drawing skills. SolidWorks makes use of existing Windows skills such as cut and paste and drag and drop as much as possible.

Con's of Solid Works Design

  • Your drawing filing and naming system will have to accomodate part, assembly and drawing files all associated with the same project. In the past you only had a single 2D cad drawing file.

Solid Works system requirements

Solid Works is a data intensive program. It's unlikely the same computer you have used for 2D CAD drawings will be up to the task of running Solid Works productively. Solid Works system requirements call for a CAD workstation. This is a special kind of computer that is optimized for running graphic intensive CAD programs.

Desktop workstations often use video cards that are as expensive as an entire computer. While you may be told that Solid Works can open assemblies with thousands of parts. You are going to need a CAD workstation if you want to work on those files productively.

Every 3D solid modeler wrestles with the problem of how to open hundreds of files at once without slowing work to a halt. Using the msot memory and the largest, fastest hard drives and processors in the CAD workstation are often the only way to ensure reasonable performance.

Solid Works Tutorial

Here's a course in using SolidWorks that was put together to give future mechanical designers a way to get a foot in the door by teaching them the basics of mechanical design drafting.

Solidworks World

Solid Works world is solid works annual conference and exposition. At each conference a popular keynote speaker is brought in along with all the latest software and hardware from solid works and its vendors.

Solid Works Viewer

The edrawings solid works viewer makes it easy for anyone without solid works to view and markup models and drawings.

Solid Works Drawing

Solid Works Animation

Solid Works 2005 and 2006

Not everybody can afford to keep the latest version, here are some of the pro's and con's of making do with previous versions of the software

Solid Works and Inventor

Solid Works Books

Here I look at some popular books for teaching yourself 3D modeling as well as administering multiple licenses of the software.

AAA Drafting > Modeling and drafting

Diamond Crossing

Diamond Crossing

Raillroad diamond crossing with replacement frogs and lead-in rails
Duct Layout

Duct Layout

Dust Collector pipe layout designed for constant velocity of 3500 fpm
Disk Brake Assembly

Disk Brake Assembly

Disk brake assembly for commuter rail car