Best Online CAD Courses in 2018

CAD has grown to the point of industry-wide standardization in its almost 50-years of development. With this amount of time, perhaps any invention with industrial potential can grow into a discipline, but CAD was a discipline from the very start. Hence, it is no surprise that we

Solidworks CSWA Certificate Exam Preperation: Modelling Exercise #1

This article will be of interest for those who want to obtain the first certification from SolidWorks which will involve 3D modeling, drawing comprehension and assemblies. This is the first certification you must obtain in order to proceed with any further SolidWorks official certification that are listed

Best Cooling Kits for your CAD Workstation

Cooling is necessary whenever you’re about to commit some serious number crunching. Even though many systems nowadays come with some kind of cooling solution already in place, gamers, CADers and pretty much every performance-enthusiast wants to tweak around for more number-crunching power. And that’s when custom cooling

M.2 vs. U.2 – Which is Right For You

Form factors and storage capacities are the new hype of the storage market today. With the conception of SSDs, HDDs have lost public focus and the term ‘SSD’ has evolved from a 2.5” thin box with faster read/writes and greater capacities than HDD. Now SSD represents a

5 Things Anyone can Produce With SolidWorks in 2018

SolidWorks is well-known in the CAD realm for its advanced 3D modelling and rendering capabilities and industry-friendliness. It’s not a secret that it caters to quite an extensive user base and well enough because the community is just as responsive with extensive feedback and custom solutions. Comprising

Limitations of CAD in 2018 and Onwards

With the recent and otherwise advancements in technology and specifically in CAD, one is left amazed with what human beings have been able to accomplish. From skyscrapers and theme parks to jumbo jets and Formula1 race cars, every design is nowadays aided by computers. But for those

CAD in Colleges/Universities in 2018 and Onwards

CAD’s growth over its relatively short life-span has been phenomenal with a very diverse scope of application. This naturally attracted the interest of the industry, and of course, later their investment. The promise CAD holds for the future of industrial management and logistical control makes CAD a

Gaming Revival Kits – Budgetting for CADers

As a CADer, professional or hobbyist, the latest in technology is always a point of focus. With the pace at which new technology is being developed and introduced to the market, staying ahead of the game comes at a substantial cost, pun intended. For that very purpose,

Convert DWG to STL Format

If you’re into 3D printing, you need STL files to print with. And if you’ve developed your own designs, then converting DWG to STL format is your next step. You might want 3D printed parts for the following or other reasons: Visualize design concepts Create product mockups,

Screen setups for CAD – Landscape vs. Portrait

Looking for the best screen setups for CAD? Well, the first thing that comes to mind when I personally want to setup a new system or rig is the display. That’s because at the end of the day, the display will be what I use to see

What to Look for in CAD Monitors

Monitors are a tricky bit and with a controversial history in their making. From serial to Thunderbolt interfaces and from CRT to IPS LED, there is a lot of ground to cover when making the decision of replacing or adding a monitor to your rig. Read on

Top 5 SSD of 2018

With almost 4 new mainstream abstractions for the SSD technology, we got around to putting the best options available in the market head to head. Reviewing the top products from each category we also added an extra product from the category we think will be the new

Five Best Computer Casings for CAD

Only those serious about performance and aesthetics go as far as thinking about custom casings, one very essential piece of a tech aficionado’s setup. For that very purpose, we took out the time to inspect a few of the hottest and hippest system casings available in the

Creating Terrain Objects

Need a terrain for your upcoming game or Hollywood blockbuster? Or are you simply looking to master the art of creating landscapes and planes that can be used for hosting other elemental objects? Either way, and for so many others, you can do so with AutoCAD. Although

Drawing Aids in AutoCAD

To reinvent drawing methodologies would have been an impractical approach towards the development of CAD, almost 60 years ago when the whole thing started. Because of this traditional approach, most of the techniques and tools are the same as traditional methods with the digital transition the main

Best CAD Gifts for Christmas 2018

Christmas is a time to give. And as a friend or partner to a CADer, the question is a tough one. What to get for the CADers in my circles? And because we suffer from the same question, we have put together our holiday season gifts list (or

Optimization of Workflow

Experience comes with time, and it is no doubt that any man or woman adept at a certain skill, to the point that they can optimize their work methods beyond the traditional techniques, have put in time and effort to get there. As the saying goes, practice

Auto Dimensioning in SolidWorks

Dimensioning is a general task for any drawing or drafting engineer. Every 3D model needs a 2D drawing to accompany it for manufacturing, hence the dimensioning needs to be annotated precisely. For larger or complex designs, this task can be very time consuming as well as redundant

What Is SolidWorks Used For?

For those of us having served any amount of time as a 3D CAD designer, the name SolidWorks is a name well known. Even though software packages with more complex functionality exist, SolidWorks is an industry favorite. It has a user base larger than any other 3D

Renaming References with SolidWorks Explorer

With SolidWorks we have the SolidWorks Explorer that is meant to make your job easier when it comes to renaming parts and files apart from the regular features such as categorical and hierarchical viewing of the assemblies and parts included in the project. Now, before we talk