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SolidWorks 2014 Design Bible-I: A Complete Guide to 3D Modeling with SolidWorks



Solidworks 2014 Bible: A Comprehensive Guide for Beginners and Experts




Solidworks is one of the most popular 3D modeling software in the world. It is used by engineers, designers, architects, hobbyists, students, and educators for various applications such as product design, mechanical engineering, simulation, analysis, rendering, animation, documentation, and more. Solidworks can help you turn your ideas into reality with its powerful features and tools.




Solidworks 2014 Bible



In this article, I will show you how to use some of the features and tools of Solidworks 2014, based on the book Solidworks 2014 Design Bible-I by Kris. I will also provide some tips and tricks to make your modeling experience more efficient and enjoyable. Whether you are a beginner or an expert in Solidworks, you will find something useful in this article.


What is Solidworks and what can it do?




Solidworks is a computer-aided design (CAD) software that allows you to create 3D models of parts, assemblies, and drawings. You can also perform various tasks such as simulation, analysis, rendering, animation, and documentation with Solidworks. Solidworks is a parametric, feature-based, and history-based modeling software, which means that you can create your models by defining parameters (such as dimensions, relations, equations, etc.) and features (such as extrude, revolve, fillet, etc.) and edit them later by changing the parameters or features. Solidworks also keeps track of the history of your model, which means that you can see how your model was created and modify it accordingly.


Solidworks can handle various types of modeling such as solid modeling, surface modeling, sheet metal modeling, weldment modeling, mold design modeling, etc. You can also create 2D sketches and drawings with Solidworks. Solidworks supports various file formats such as IGES, STEP, STL, DXF, DWG, etc. for importing and exporting your models. You can also collaborate with other users and share your models online with Solidworks.


What are the benefits of using Solidworks 2014?




Solidworks 2014 is the 22nd release of Solidworks. It has many new features and enhancements that can help you improve your productivity and creativity. Some of the benefits of using Solidworks 2014 are:



  • You can use the new Style Spline tool to create smooth and continuous curves with more control and flexibility.



  • You can use the new Conic sketch entity to create conic sections such as ellipses, parabolas, and hyperbolas with ease.



  • You can use the new Path Length dimension to control the length of a sketch entity or a chain of sketch entities.



  • You can use the new Slot sketch entity to create slots of various shapes and sizes with ease.



  • You can use the new Chain Pattern feature to create patterns along a path or a curve with more options and flexibility.



  • You can use the new Width Mate to mate two components by specifying a distance or a percentage between them.



  • You can use the new Symmetric Mate to mate two components symmetrically about a plane or a face.



  • You can use the new Profile Center Mate to mate two components by aligning their profiles or bounding boxes.



  • You can use the new Replace Model tool to replace a component in an assembly or a drawing with another component without losing the mates or the references.



  • You can use the new Assembly Visualization tool to analyze your assembly by applying various filters and criteria such as mass, volume, material, etc.



  • You can use the new Interference Detection tool to check for interferences between components in an assembly or a multibody part.



  • You can use the new Explode Line Sketch tool to create explode lines for your exploded views automatically or manually.



  • You can use the new Magnetic Lines tool to align balloons or annotations in your drawing views easily.



  • You can use the new Angular Running Dimensions tool to add angular dimensions to circular or arc features in your drawing views easily.



  • You can use the new Auto Arrange Dimensions tool to arrange dimensions in your drawing views automatically or manually.



These are just some of the benefits of using Solidworks 2014. There are many more features and enhancements that you can explore and enjoy with Solidworks 2014.


How to get started with Solidworks 2014?




To get started with Solidworks 2014, you need to have a computer that meets the minimum system requirements for running Solidworks 2014. You also need to have a license for using Solidworks 2014. You can get a license from your reseller or from the Solidworks website. You can also get a free trial version of Solidworks 2014 for 30 days from the Solidworks website.


Once you have installed Solidworks 2014 on your computer, you can launch it by clicking on the Start menu and selecting All Programs > SolidWorks 2014 > SolidWorks 2014. You will see the SolidWorks splash screen followed by the Welcome dialog box. The Welcome dialog box provides you with various options such as creating a new document, opening an existing document, accessing online resources, etc. You can also access these options from the File menu or the Standard toolbar in the SolidWorks window.


The SolidWorks window consists of various elements such as menus, toolbars, command managers, property managers, feature managers, graphics area, status bar, etc. You can customize these elements according to your preferences by using the Tools menu or the right-click menu. You can also switch between different workspaces such as Part, Assembly, Drawing, etc. by using the tabs at the bottom of the window. 71b2f0854b


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