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Best Mouse for CAD in 2020

Choosing the best mouse for CAD is an important task for designers. The mouse is the main input device which, as a CAD drafter, you will be spending approximately 8 hours a day holding. Here’s a run down of what you should consider while choosing the best

AutoCAD exercises

Do you know all the tricks in AutoCAD? When I first started, I was struggling to learn AutoCAD online and I wish someone had walked me through the process. Here, I made an attempt to provide a nice learning process for those of you willing to start

7 Apps CAD Users Should Use in 2020

Searching for the best CAD Apps for the new year? As a CAD user, it is quite certain that some of your work-based resolutions will revolve around increasing your productivity levels, pursuing exercises on professional development and enhancing your earning power. And to get you started, today’s

What Should the Best CAD Setup Include in 2020?

Preparing your CAD setup for the new year? Professional or hobbyist, your CAD gear is your arsenal and needs to be the all-in-one for a smooth and hassle-free CADing session. If you can dish out the cash, this article aims to take you through each of the items

AutoCAD Must Know’s in 2020: Draw a Line

One of the uses of AutoCAD is for organizing data, this data can be of any form. A line is a data form, asides it being a form of data it is also one of the tools in AutoCAD you can’t do without especially in 2D drawing,

Tips to Help You Enhance Your CAD Skills and Designs for CNC Machining

If you currently work with CNC machining using CAD software, even if you consider yourself to be highly skilled, there is always room for improvement. To make better products you need to sharpen your skills and create better designs. Interestingly, once you already have the ability to

Freelancing as a CAD Specialist: Things to Know Before You Start

One of the great things about having good skills with CAD tools is that it’s a highly marketable skill, and you don’t necessarily have to restrict yourself to working out of an office and under an employer if you don’t feel like it. There are actually lots

Understanding the Concept Behind Emotional Design

What is emotional design? Emotional design is concerned with the creation of products that bring out desired emotions to add a positive interaction with the user. To achieve that, designers look at the connections likely to form between an object and the user, and the kind of

Best Online Tools for a Bedroom Design

Nowadays there are different programs as well as software tools available for designing virtual rooms. These programs or applications help make room designing easy, even for beginners. When you are planning to redesign your home or a single room but not sure what kind of changes you

View Layout Tools Tutorial for SolidWorks

Production of drawing plans is the process in which the design is formally documented of a piece or set. SolidWorks contains a variety of tools that allow easy documenting of design documents, regardless of the phase in that is the process of production of plans. You can

Modeling a Linear Actuator with CAD Software

When customers who search for the automation solutions decide to purchase the linear actuator mechanism in order to implement it for their purposes they mainly don’t even think about possible problems that preceded this technology creation. When best automation engineers want to make the proper linear actuator

How to Plan A Weldment?

Planning a weldment seems easy, but people often make numerous risky mistakes. Before planning, cost estimation, or production, you have to find out the condition of your metal, the thickness of the material, and the position of the parts. Remember, welding should be in a flat arrangement

Drafter Tips for Safe CAD File Storage and Facilitation

As you probably already know, working on a CAD project takes time and a lot of hard drive space, especially if the project’s overly complex. In today's world, when cyber-threats are as prevalent as they are, keeping your CAD files and data safe is of the utmost

5 Ways to Use Google Earth with CAD Applications

The need to create hyper-realistic dynamic models and architectural plans have led to the development of tools that allow us directly import images and other data from real-life locations into CAD work spaces. As an avid CAD user, I am sure you must have heard of bitmap

Catia vs SolidWorks vs AutoCAD: Which is Best?

Today’s 3D modeling community has a wide variety of 3D modeling software to choose from, with upgrades that come out each year and new and improved types of software for every  purpose imaginable. However the leading 3D modeling software developing such as Dassault Systems and Autodesk still

Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional (CSWP) Exam: Segment 1

The purpose of this article is to prepare the user for the Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional exam (CSWP), specifically by focusing on segment 1.  Segment 1 focuses on the creation of a part from a drawing, using linked dimensions/equations, identifying mass properties, and modifying geometry.  The actual exam

CAD/CAM in Industry 4.0

What is Industry 4.0? The concept of Industry 4.0 or fourth industrial revolution, originates from the application of digital technologies in the manufacturing environment and in the chain value of a company. The basic principle of Industry 4.0 is that interconnected systems and machines form an intelligent

SolidWorks Motion Study: Introductory Tutorial

This article will be of interest for those who want to add a motion simulation regarding physical and mechanical properties of a Solidworks assembly. The movement of the components that are part of the assembly during the simulation will be determined by several factors such as the

Stress and Failure Analysis in SolidWorks: Tutorial

Linear stress analysis with SOLIDWORKS Simulation enables designers and engineers to quickly and efficiently validate quality, performance, and safety—all while creating their design. In order to carry out stress analysis, component material data must be known. The standard SOLIDWORKS CAD material database is pre-populated with materials that can be

Exploded View in SolidWorks: Tutorial

Exploded views in SolidWorks are highly used in design/ideas presentation in 3D modeling/assemblies. An exploded view shows an assembly's components spread out, but positioned to show how they fit together when assembled. This will allow presenting an assembly in a brief and quick manner, showing all components