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Topic 13: Importing Coordinate Data

Below are screen-shots from a video tutorial I did back in 2006 for some fellow students working on an SAE Aero Design. The purpose of this tutorial is to demonstrate how to import a curve generated from Cartesian coordinate data.

Programs Used:

1. Cam Studio -
- A video capture program. This is very useful for capturing video tutorials.
2.Microsoft Text Editor
3.Microsoft Excel 2003
4.Solidworks 2006: Student Edition (essentially Solidworks 2005)
-I purchased this from when I was in school. The license only lasted for two years, but it wasn't very expensive and I think it paid for itself.

Interesting Notes:

1. The data must be in a form that Solidworks can read.
2. It is helpful to pass the coordinates through Microsoft Excel, or Calc.
-----These programs are extremely helpful when adding units or converting formats. To do this, go into the number format and add your units in quotes. (Examp…

Item 20. Free and Helpful Programs

Item 20 is probably one of the easiest to cross off my list. See below for my suggestions.

20. Free and helpful programs
-----i. PDF creation

I currently use Cutepdf writer for home use. Why? You can't beat the price, and it's pretty simple to use. It requires that you also install ghostscript, but I think the program now has an auto-downloader.

This program adds a "printer" to your list of options when you go to the file menu and select print. Its usefulness isn't limited to Solidworks either. Once installed, you can use it to save pretty much any document (.doc, .xls...etc) as a pdf.

There are better options out there if you are looking for more features (encryption, searchability), but Cutepdf has adequately addressed my basic home needs.

Refer to this review for other, better options:

-----ii. Artwork (.ai) files

Many of the keypad and electronics enclosure suppliers that I have deal…

cout<<"Hello World"; First Post: Background, Purpose and Scope

I've been fortunate to work for two companies over the past 6 years that have had resources and a variety of products. Both places that I have worked have used a multitude of different CAD programs in the past, but eventually they landed on Solidworks.

My exposure to a variety of processes and design tasks has afforded me an opportunity to explore some of the lesser-known features of Solidworks. For every given task there is usually more than one method that provides the desired outcome. My purpose with this blog is to highlight some of the procedures that I have found helpful in solving engineering problems.

There are many really good Solidworks blogs out there. I hope that I can be a productive and valuable component of that community.

TENTATIVE PLAN OF TOPICS (in no particular order):
1. Use of patterns.
-----i. Linear
-----ii. Circular
-----iii. By sketch
-----iv. By input values
-----v. Create flexible circuits in Solidworks
2. Master modeling
3. Skeletal mode…