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Onshape Top-down Skeleton Modeling - Creating an Excavator Arm

by Andrew Peterson

This course will teach you the strengths of skeleton top-down design methodologies, as well as how to employ them successfully in complex 3d part and assembly designs. Software required: Onshape.

What you'll learn

Have you ever struggled to make changes to large assemblies in your CAD package? In this course, Onshape Top-down Skeleton Modeling - Creating an Excavator Arm, you'll gain the knowledge and practice needed to create your own top-down skeleton sketch driven assembly. First, you'll explore the advantages of various modeling techniques, including bottom-up design, middle out design, skeleton top down design, and master model top down design. Next, you'll discover how to create a kinematic layout sketch which employs top down skeleton modeling techniques, allowing you to validate your design intent early, and drive your individual 3D parts. Finally, you'll learn how to assemble these parts, as well as how to update and work with your assembly. When you're finished with this course, you'll have the skills and knowledge of skeleton top-down design techniques needed to create your own mechanical designs. Software required: Onshape.

Table of contents

Course Overview
Working with the Excavator Arm Assembly

About the author

Andrew Peterson has had a productive career as a Mechanical Design Engineer in the biotech, greentech and consumer product industries. Having setup, used, and taught various CAD tools including ProE, SOLIDWORKS, Inventor and Onshape throughout his career, he's excited to share industry best practices with the Pluralsight community. He enjoys building robust CAD models that solve difficult engineering problems. He particularly enjoys building designs that employ top down modeling techniques, an... more

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