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Scaffold Design & 3D Modelling

The key components of a scaffold are standards, ledgers, transoms and fittings. The standards (commonly referred to as uprights) are the vertical posts that transfer the load of the structure to the supporting level below or the ground where they connect to a base plate to spread the load evenly. The base plate is often part of an adjustable leg. Ledgers are the horizontal tubes which […]

By |September 18th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

What Does A Design Engineer Do?

A design engineer produces blueprints and engineering drawings for a number of structures, parts, mechanisms, machines, and equipment. A design engineer is part of a design team which includes draughftsmen, architects, structural engineers, civil engineers or mechanical engineers. Most people who become design engineers use the latest computer technology and applications, such as computer-aided design (CAD) programs to help […]

Converting From AutoCAD To SolidWorks

AutoCAD is a great CAD program but many people are turning to more modern, user-friendly 3D modelling CAD programs such as SolidWorks. There are a number of reasons you may be looking to convert CAD programs. You may have bought out or merged with another company which uses a different CAD program or you might just be upgrading from your existing CAD […]

By |June 14th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

What Is SolidWorks?

SolidWorks is a 3D CAD program designed for Windows. It is made by Dassault Systèmes and has been in the 3D modelling circle since 1995.The latest version SolidWorks 2013 SP0.0 is quite a bit different from when SolidWorks was first released. SolidWorks is available in both 64 (x64) and 32 (x86) bit operating systems. According to wikipedia it is used by over 2 million […]

By |June 11th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

SolidWorks – Getting Started Tutorial

So you’ve decided that SolidWorks is the best CAD program for you… Where to from here? The first step is to get your hands on a copy of SolidWorks. If you’re at university you may be able to get access to a student version through them. If you can’t I suggest getting in contact with SolidWorks or one of their distributors and […]

What’s The Best CAD Software Package

The best CAD software for you will depend largely on your requirements. Some CAD packages are better suited to Structural Design, some are better suited to Mechanical design, and some are better suited to Architectural Design and so on. Some questions you will need to ask yourself before selecting a CAD software packages are: What CAD software is better suited to […]

How To Add The Centre Of Mass (COM) To A SolidWorks Drawing

A handy tool that I have recently noticed in SolidWorks 2013 is the Centre of Mass tool. This tool can be found in the reference geometry toolbar and what it does is it places a reference point at the Centre of Mass or Centre of Gravity of the part or Assembly.

The great thing about this tool is that once you have […]

What Is CAD?

CAD stands for “Computer-Aided Design”.  Although CAD refers to any software used to aid design, if you ask someone in Australia what CAD is they will most probably respond with “AutoCAD”. AutoCAD is created by Autodesk and is one of the oldest and most well known CAD packages in Australia and probably the rest of the world. So to answer […]