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3D Solidworks CAD modelling Computer-Aided Design modelling software

Solidworks is a robust Computer-Aided Design modelling software and one of the most widely used interfaces to produce 3D design elements.

3D Solidworks CAD modelling

Solidworks is a robust Computer-Aided Design modelling software and one of the most widely used interfaces to produce 3D design elements. The invention of this software took place in 1993 and was created by John Hirschtick, whose ambition was to make 3D CAD modelling more accessible to a larger population segment. Hirschtick and his team aimed to design an interface that would be accessible from a Windows PC. As such, the emphasis on this kind of technology can be seen very much to be part of the initial attempts to make PC software user-friendly and in the move for example from MS-DOS to Windows as a user interface that did not require the user to code in order to use the PC.

Gradually with time, the software was modified to become more and more user-friendly, allowing features such as the assembly of parts into previously assembled design as well. A drag and drop feature was introduced by 1996. By 1997 a library was created housing all the basic and most popular templates used by designers particularly for industrial applications. By 1997 advanced functions like sketch diagnostics were introduced to allow the user to troubleshoot designs that ran into problems. By 2018 gesture sketching functionality was created to allow for more personalized finishes. Most recently in 2021 a color picker was introduced to allow designers to choose colors from other applications as well and these only cover the surface of the changes introduced in the two decades since the inception of the software.

Advantages of using Solidworks over other CAD modelling

A 2016 CAD market study revealed that Solidworks has a 47% market share in professional CAD applications. This is largely the result of a highly active user-community that has through a copyleft type process expanded the reach and functionality or this already extremely intuitive tool.

Solidworks is perfectly suited to 3D design and thus works very well for 3D printing, with its initial history being primarily its use for industrial design purposes Solidworks helps to create intricate designs for other operations such as creating prototypes for surgery, or models for architecture or even detailed costumes, props and show-pieces.

Solidworks has a large database of primary materials used because of the requirement for large scale industrial applications and thus allows for 3D printing with great emphasis on material contrast and different textures.

Because of the extensive use and the large community that has gathered around this software it becomes particularly easy for designers to draw from the available database of structures. Moreover, as mentioned earlier the with the introduction of a feature to copy designs into other assemblies and create accurate fitting between these models.

Automation of features allows a great degree of time saving thus allowing the process of automation in design to literally take care of itself on the software. This, also allows easy and speedy movement from the original idea to the later design phase.

Solidworks has a highly intuitive interface that allows even beginners to move to understanding how the program works very easily. The directory of shapes available as well as the ease with which these shapes can be expanded to create simple parts allows even beginners to grasp how it can be used and creates the possibility of collaborative interactions between designers and non-designers.

This feature is particularly valuable for all designers looking to manufacture 3D prints, since this can provide realistic estimates of the strength and durability of individual parts depending on the material used.

Applications of Solidworks at ARL

Solidworks allows for extensive product prototyping, which is particularly useful for students of architecture, since this allows a far greater range and possibility for detail in designing models than manual modes do. At ARL we seek to provide all the support designers and architects need to bring the most intricate details of their models to life.

With an increasing number of professional film-industries, particularly the super-hero genre of movies using 3D printing to create their costumes, clients can tap into the reservoir of designs available and get accurate and highly detailed finished products that resemble the actual products used by professional movie makers.

Solidworks CAD can be used for a wide variety of industrial, medical, and other applications, allowing complete product design and easy maneuverability and translatability of parts from models even between different sectors

Advantages of using Solidworks at ARL

Using Solidworks as CAD for 3D printing allows for rapid prototyping for designs, thus allowing for a considerably large period of time to fine tune the printers to produce more accurate models, and the reduced time also implies reduced cost of production. With both the SLA and FDM based printers available at ARL allowing for a great degree of diversity in the materials used.

At ARL we encourage our clients to participate in the design process, and Solidworks with its quick learning curve and intuitive user-interface enables this kind of collaboration as well.

At ARL we aim to provide a one-stop shop for all our client’s 3D printing requirements, and with Solidworks we can cover a wide range of industrial and domestic needs covering both large-scale and low-volume manufacturing.

Types of Parts

If one enjoys racing quadcopters, they should try the regularly used top-mounted fins. These will aid in a model known as a “turtle.” For example, when landing an airplane upside down, they may reverse two motors to flip the plane over and take off again (and complete the race). These are typically printed in TPU and, on occasion, nylon.

The video transmitter antennas are critical while flying with FPV. As a result, these components have several mounting choices. If the craft is designed for long-distance flight, encasing the active element of the antenna in TPU is not a wise idea since it would degrade the video signal. However, you must remain within the visible line of sight. Therefore, TPU is the chosen material for these since it is very elastic and can distort without permanently damaging it.

FPV head monitoring is also possible when the FPV camera is mounted on a rig and may travel in two or three dimensions per the eyewear. The camera travels in tandem with the head, increasing immersion. One should use rigid materials such as PETG, ABS, ASA, or PC. However, rigidity is essential to remove play in the parts once again.

If flying FPV or racing isn’t preferred, one can always print pieces to improve functionality, like a camera gimbal for aerial photography, videography, or a system for carrying and dropping goods.

In order to reduce play in a gimbal, the moving pieces should be printed in a nonflexible material. Furthermore, a flexible element should be used to separate it from disturbance while attaching the gimbal to the aircraft.

Lastly, pieces to protect goods, such as radio transmitter control sticks, are a fantastic printing alternative. Again, depending on the needs, they can be in either a malleable or nonmalleable material.

Who is Solidworks based CAD for?

The great advantage of using Solidworks is that apart from saving time it can be used for a diversity of applications as we have shown here. And with our ever-increasing client base, we at ARL have considerable experience with a wide variety of applications that are made possible by the intuitive interface. For further details on the types off applications at ARL please see our product specific pages.

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