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Discovering the Use of Weldments & Sheet Metal Design: SolidWorks

by Chris Scarlett

Throughout this SolidWorks tutorial we'll dive into the creation of a prairie windmill vane. Software required: SolidWorks 2012 and higher.

What you'll learn

Throughout this SolidWorks tutorial we'll dive into the creation of a prairie windmill vane. This tutorial is not only the virtual construction of a vintage windmill vane assembly but a demonstration of the SolidWorks weldment tool, its various options and other tools and features along the way. The weldment tool offers design automation where solid body structural members are created along a sketched lattice. These bodies can be trimmed at intersections with other created solid bodies and weld beads applied using various options. We'll also be looking at sheet metal design, the swept boss/base feature toolbox fasteners, decals of company logos and more. And of course I will also be sharing with you some tips and tricks along the way. By the end of this SolidWorks training, you'll gain the knowledge on how, when and where to apply these tools and options to your own projects. Software required: SolidWorks 2012 and higher.

About the author

Chris Scarlett is a teacher and designer with 14 years of experience in Computer Aided Design program at various schools, a regional engineering firm, and for many of his own clients. He is extremely proficient in AutoCAD, Revit Architecture and SolidWorks. Many of his students describe their experiences in his project oriented classes as being efficient, effective and productive. A leader in his department at Central Washington University in "flipping" his teaching methods, he posts his classro... more

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