End of November I had the privilege to attend the Solidworks Assembly Online Course that was offered to me by Javelin, a Trimech Company.
Yes, this “covid era” has given us and a lot of others the opportunity to attend SW courses from the other side of the world, which was not possible before! I’m very grateful for that opportunity and I try to use it to my advantage.
Training Course Contents
In case you are interested in the exact content of that course, here is the link to their training course web page.
The training was 25 hours long (5 days x 5 hours) and before the training, I received the printed version of the manual.
How I made sure I got the most out of my training
For two months prior to the training, I was putting together a list of questions that were bothering me on a daily basis but I didn’t have the time to discuss them with our VAR.
Also a day before the training I flipped through the training manual and I added some more questions on post-it notes to my manual. As we went through the manual I had my questions ready at hand.
During the training, I was also making notes about everything that I didn't know before and everything that could be useful for us in the future. These notes were mainly print screens with a few words that I keep saved in a google document for future reference.
I also did not hesitate to ask questions that were about the topics that were not specifically addressed in the manual. I shared my screen with my instructor Jamie Hill a few times, so we could test these new ideas on our customer’s projects.
I decided to divide the newly acquired knowledge into a few sections based on the time one needs to “start” using them. Some ideas are really quick to implement but others could influence your company’s CAD standards so they should be tested thoroughly.
I want to point out that I will be only addressing the ideas/tips/info that I, myself, did not know about before but I believe they could also be of value to others.
- Simple tips and tools that I can start using right away
- Tools that will require some time and testing
- Tools that will require the buy-in of the whole CAD team
- Tools and techniques that we might use in the future
Interested in Large Assemblies?
We did address large assembly management a little bit during this training, but If you are looking for a more in-depth course on how to speed up “Slow” Assemblies and Drawings, I could not think of anything better than Javelin’s Large Assembly and Drawings Workshop.
We took this workshop a year ago and a big plus of the Large Assembly Workshop was that we got a recording at the end that is ours to keep! I still revisit that recording every now and then to freshen up my knowledge.
I really believe that before you go and buy a new workstation in hope that it will solve your problems with SW performance, you should first think about attending this workshop! It might save you some money and time.
Training Days LinkedIn Posts
I also made some quick LI posts during the workshop days. Just to put everything regarding that workshop in one article, here is also the list of those:
SIMPLE TIPS AND TOOLS I CAN START USING RIGHT AWAY
MULTI-MATE FOLDERS AND LINKED DIMENSIONS
SHORTCUT TO WIDTH MATE
USE WIDTH MATE INSTEAD OF A LIMIT MATE
DISTANCE MATE CAN BE MADE DRIVEN
USE "DEFER UPDATE" WHEN REPLACING MULTIPLE COMPONENTS AT ONCE
THIS IS MY FIRST FAVOURITE
THE CORRECT WAY OF ADDING REFERENCE DIMENSION
SPECIAL ICON BESIDE THE MATES
COMPONENT PREVIEW WINDOW
RIGHT MOUSE CLICK ROTATES THE COMPONENT
SYNCHRONIZING PATTERNED COMPONENTS TO SEED
GROUP THE SAME COMPONENTS
REMOVE WARNINGS FROM THE "DON'T SHOW AGAIN" LIST
USE A MEASUREMENT SENSOR TO SEE THE LENGTH OF A 3D SKETCH
TOOLS THAT WILL REQUIRE SOME TIME AND TESTING
FLEXIBLE COMPONENTS: YES / NO?
MAKE INDEPENDENT (WITH DRAWINGS ?)
THIS IS MY SECOND FAVOURITE
TOOLS THAT WILL REQUIRE THE BUY-IN OF THE WHOLE CAD TEAM
COMMENTS AND COMMENT INDICATOR
TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES THAT WE MIGHT USE IN THE FUTURE