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The SolidWorks 2013: Deluxe Bundle has all 4 SolidWorks 2013 courses. The first 2 courses are devoted to modeling. You'll practice using methods that speed your work, improves the accuracy of your models, and leverages the power of assembly modeling. The 3rd course shows you how professionals create Mechanical Drawings, and the last course is Sheet Metal Design. Concepts developed in the Sheet Metal Design course can be applied to standard models and assemblies. So this course is a must see.
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Some people learn to use SolidWorks by making plenty of mistakes. You try one way and then another and eventually you'll learn what to do and what not to do. This process can take years.
An alternative is to watch our courses. We show you what works and what doesn't work. So you'll know why you should use one method instead of another. Knowing why to use one command procedure over another is half the battle. Eventually you'll need to develop a streamlined workflow that builds structurally sound models and assemblies. This can be done in weeks instead of years.
So what is a structurally sound model? It's easier to describe a model that is not structurally sound. Poorly developed models can unexpectedly change geometry during construction and edits. You might modify one end of a part only to adjust a feature on the other end.
Structurally sound models are bulletproof. You should be able to modify any portion of your model without affecting anything else. You should be able to assemble your models and they should fit and function as intended. You should not need to scrap your models and start over. This is one of the first signs of poor practice.
So it's more than just knowing the commands.
The focus of our SolidWorks training is to take you beyond the commands. So each lesson considers what has been taught when exposing you to new concepts. In other words, each lesson builds on the knowledge you've gained from previous lessons.
This means you will always be working in familiar territory. This also means you'll be prepared to learn the new concepts presented in each lesson. This is the common platform for every lesson in all of our courses. You work from the known to the unknown.
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225 Video Training Lessons - 21.5 Hours - 4 CoursesProfessional Modeling
The SolidWorks 2013: Professional Modeling course is the first course in a series of courses. Its goal is to teach you sound practices and procedures that speed your work and promotes the construction of stable models.
Models can become unstable and difficult to edit if you don't use structured construction methods. So this is one of the main topics of the course. You will learn professional methods of creating models. Your models will be easy to edit, and you'll know why.
The course uses an organized method of storing templates and part files. So the first thing you'll do is organize your files. You'll create a custom part template and save it in a Custom folder. In fact all your templates will be stored in the Custom folder. You'll also make the Custom folder the default path within the SolidWorks software.
As you progressively build your skills you'll learn more about settings that can be applied to your custom part template. So your template will be a work in progress throughout the course. By the time you finish the course your template will be configured to your preferences.
All the modeling commands are covered in detail, but the true beauty of this course is its focus on your productivity. It teaches best practices and sound procedures that assure your models are bulletproof.
The course also shows you how one command performs better than another in special circumstances. It shows you methods of creating the same features but using different commands. You'll explore the differences in ease of use and speed to construct the model, and you'll compare the differences in your ability to edit the model. This type of scenario is visited several times in the course so that you can practice slower and less effective methods as well as faster and more effective ones. The purpose of doing this is to give you a more rounded understanding of how the commands work. It also helps you remember what works and what doesn't.
Read through the list of lessons to learn more. This course packed with tips and tricks design to maximize the speed and accuracy of your work.Advanced Parts & Assemblies
The SolidWorks 2013: Advanced Parts & Assemblies course is the next course in the series. It shows advanced methods of creating complex parts and assemblies. You'll use Excel worksheet to create parts. You'll practice generating frames while learning about weldments, you'll practice adding welds to assemblies, and many more advanced skills.
If realistic models and assemblies are what you're looking for we've got you covered. This course shows you how to make your parts and assemblies look real by setting up custom materials and appearances, and using RealView. You'll also learn how to make accurately constructed 3D threads that look real.
As with all our courses the main goal of this course is to increase your productivity, and a helpful tool for this is configurations. Configurations can be used to produce different versions within a single part file. You construct the base component and then use configurations to add unique features on each version. Configurations are explained in detail.
Design Tables are another tool that will enhance your productivity. This method creates multiple models in a single file. It's similar to configurations but models are generated from an Excel worksheet. We show you all the steps.
In the Bottom Up Design approach you build your assemblies from the ground up. Add a few parts and then mate them together. Add more parts and continue mating them together until the assembly is complete. This course shows you how to use all the standard and advanced mates that come with SolidWorks.
The Middle Out Design approach is similar to Bottom Up, but some components are developed within the assembly environment. This can be a little cumbersome, but it's a good approach and it's discussed in the course.
The most popular design approach is Top Down Design. With this method you develop your entire assembly in a single part file. You'll have extensive practice using this method.
Workflows used by professionals tend to mix design approaches. So you might use Top Down Design to build your assembly. Export it to an assembly file, and then add standard components like screws and bolts from the SolidWorks Toolbox. Adding external components to an assembly is the Bottom Up approach. So you'll typically mix design methods to create a workflow that matches your needs.
This course covers it all with detail and easy to understand explanations. It's packed with tips and tricks that will make you an extremely productive modeler.Mechanical Drawings
One of the fundamental tasks in the development of any assembly or product is to create part and assembly drawings. The SolidWorks 2013: Mechanical Drawings course not only shows you how to do this, it shows you how to streamline the process.
Title blocks will automatically fill in when you insert a drawing view into your drawings. Tables will automatically insert where you want them and how you want them to look. Your custom sheet formats will automatically create drawings of any size using templates you create yourself.
The course is packed with tips and tricks that will help you create professional looking drawings in the shortest time possible. From showing you how to make your drawings print correctly to using advanced methods of creating and controlling section views, you will learn best practices.
As with all our courses your productivity is the forefront of this course. You will learn how to minimize the work required to create your drawings. This not only speeds your work, it minimizes mistakes and simplifies the development of accurate and professional looking drawings. You can focus your attention on drawing details instead of extraneous drawing construction. As a result your accuracy will increase.
The SolidWorks 2013: Mechanical Drawings course shows you everything you need to know to fully develop templates and sheet formats. You'll practice adding all the drawing views in SolidWorks while learning best practices. You'll use all the dimension and annotation commands, and you'll setup all types of tables. The course has everything you need.
By the time you finish the course you will know how to streamline the drawing construction process. Your drawings will look professionally formatted, and ultimately your work will be simplified.Sheet Metal Design
The SolidWorks 2013: Sheet Metal Design course is the last course in the SolidWorks 2013 series of courses. That is, last but not least. This course amplifies your ability to create professional sheet metal models that match prototype and production samples.
You will learn about Bend Allowances, K-Factors, and Bend Tables. The course explains all the components of sheet metal design in simple to understand steps. So you can rest assured you will know how to apply them to your sheet metal models.
While your instructor explains how all the sheet metal commands work he'll also show you best practices and sound procedures. So he'll explain what to do and what not to do. He'll also explain why. People tend to remember better when they know why something is done in a specific way. So you might see an example of how things can go wrong, and then you'll learn how to fix the problem.
You'll also learn structured methods of creating sheet metal assemblies. For example you'll learn how to build assemblies from the ground up using Bottom Up Design. You'll practice Top Down Design and explore the power of using this technique. Each step of the way you'll learn sound practices and procedures.
This course is packed with tips and tricks that will help speed your work, increase the accuracy of your work, and assure you are producing professionally sound models.