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post #1 of 7 Old 01-27-2012, 07:28 PM Thread Starter
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I am in the process of learning SolidWorks, and figured I would get some practice by designing some Jeep parts, and I figured out would reach out to my local Jeepers first.

So, what do you guys need? As of now, I'm limited to pretty simple stuff. I can do lots of flat brackets, but nothing really with CNC bends in it. I can do two brackets to weld up to each other, but that's it basically.

Here are a couple things I have made so far, just to give you an idea of what is possible:















"Free CAD work, that's awesome! But what do I do once it's designed?"

I get all of my stuff waterjet cut at a local shop. Most of the stuff runs between $3-$15 for the material and the cutting. I have cut between 1/8" and 1/4" A36 steel from them, which should cover any brackets needed on a Jeep.

So shoot me some simple ideas for stuff you guys need and I'll see what I can come up with. I am doing this in my spare time, so it will probably take me a couple days for a normal design.

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post #2 of 7 Old 01-27-2012, 07:47 PM
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Thats pretty cool man, how are you learning? Teaching yourself?

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Skip SolidWorks. Learn CATiA and ProE.

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post #4 of 7 Old 01-27-2012, 08:01 PM Thread Starter
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Thats pretty cool man, how are you learning? Teaching yourself?
Yep, I have a degree in Digital Animation, so I'm familiar with a lot of the same tools, just a different application for them.

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Skip SolidWorks. Learn CATiA and ProE.
SolidWorks is what I have available to me, and is simple enough for what I am doing.

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Nice work. Catia is by the same folks how made solidworks so the basics for it aren't difficult. It is much more capable than solidworks though.

Word of advice. On drawings if you have the same dimension for a hole or something multiple times write COMMON on the first whole. It will clean them up a lot.

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SW is some pretty powerful stuff if you know how to use it. Since you're local, you might want to check out Gateway's classes; I hear they're pretty good. I took Mastercam there (for my certification) and the instructor is top notch. The instructor for SW there (I think she's in charge over the entire MET section) I hear is a great instructor. As soon as my schedule at ASU lightens up, I'll be taking them. I'm self-taught as well, but wouldn't mind learning the "right" way to do things. I'm very interested in SW's FEA capabilities as well as other modules...

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Solidworks is an excellent program. Very user friendly and worth learning, especially for 3D modeling. As mentioned earlier, ProE is also pretty incredible. For me, when I was doing A LOT of 3D modeling, I preferred ProE, but many people I knew loved Solidworks instead. Really just personal preference... Very cool though, good luck!

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