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Have you ever been handed a part print that you couldn’t draw? It just happened to me last week! I thought it would be easy but got stuck right away. No matter what I did, I would get to a point where I couldn’t get any further. I kept working on it, determined to get it right. These are the things I took away from struggling through my first design in BobCAD’s CAD software.
After being handed this print, admittedly I was clueless. I didn’t know the order to do things or what steps to take. Things got messy, really fast.
I learned to start with the outermost boundary by drawing a rectangle. Next, I used BobCAD’s Line Parallel off the walls of the rectangle to define hole locations. Doing similar tasks & grouping like-functions made things much easier. Working in a top-down, left to right manner allowed me to focus on what my next step was without getting frustrated. Following this workflow afforded me greater success in less time.
Repetition is the father of certainty. Translation, the more you do something, the better you become at it. Success doesn’t always happen overnight. If you take the time to practice, you’ll get more comfortable and faster with the software.
When I was using the evaluate tools, I noticed I was out of tolerance. So, I fixed that and then started the file over, just to practice. To track my progress, I drew the part 2 more times. The first time it took me 10 minutes to complete. The second time only took 7 minutes, which for me was fast!
Wireframe (2D) to a Solid (3D)
I now had a sketch made up of lines and arcs & not a clue how to bring that into the world of 3D. I did what most of you would do when in a pinch, I went to the BobCAD-CAM YouTube page. It was there that I found a TON of information and even found what I needed to turn my wireframe into a 3D solid model!
BobCAD is very active in social communities like YouTube and Facebook. I found this very helpful in the learning process and recommend you check them out.
I chose to draw a part that was challenging to go from paper to 3D in CAD. As I established a workflow, things got much easier; almost automatic. When I got stuck, I turned to BobCAD’s YouTube channel and found a Quick Tip that helped me complete my part.
What did I learn? That the software is very powerful! If there was a weak link, it would be me not taking the time to learn the right steps and workflow that I outlined above. If you’re struggling on a project, need help and time is of the essence, why not sign up for one of our many training options? Thank you for reading another wonderful Tech Tuesday; see you next week!
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