Learning SolidWorks

My main goal for today is to be able to learn to do basic things in SolidWorks.  This is a popular CAD package that can be used for mechanical design.  I have some visions for some robotic devices, and I think the first step is to be able to get them into some tangible form.  The Artisan’s Asylum has a computer lab with SolidWorks installed.  And I have a class tonight on Analog Electronics that I have to go there for anyway.  So my plan is to buy a day pass, spend the day going through tutorials and creating some very basic physical designs.


At the present time I am on the Amtrak Downeastern to Boston, and I thought it would be good to find a few tutorials that I could work through while I’m there.  Here is what I found:


I found this “How to build a Robot” tutorial for Solidworks.   It looks to take someone from not knowing anything to doing something fairly practical: www.solidworks.com/sw/education/9959_ENU_HTML.htm


I also found a number of other tutorials and sites to check out:


SOLIDWORKS Product Modeling Courses




Lynda.com has some SolidWorks courses: http://www.lynda.com/Solidworks-training-tutorials/1157-0.html  I have taken some of their online courses before, and they were all of very high quality..  It is a paid service, but really reasonable.  (http://www.lynda.com/SolidWorks-tutorials/SolidWorks-2014-Essential-Training/143606-2.html)


Professional SolidWorks training: http://solidwize.com/




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