Learn about downloading the SOLIDWORKS exercise files and other format file types for this course.
- [Lecturer] While no files will be distributed with this course, you can download all the files I've used and other examples on websites like McMaster-Carr and grabcad.com. Let me show you the process I use to find my parts. So this is grabcad.com, you simply go to this website, create a free log in and then you can search files that you want to download. Let's say I want to find a wrench file. Simply type in the search window, hit wrench, and all the results come up, and I'm free to download these files. For SOLIDWORKS users you can go over to the Software part and from the dropdown select SOLIDWORKS files, so you know that you're going to get good SOLIDWORKS files to open up.
The other resource, mcmaster-carr.com, has all kinds of hardware, I use a lot of it in my designs, and the specific ones that we use were some bolts. Pretty easy to just click through, select some options and then find a part. You'll know that they have CAD data because right next to Product Detail it'll say CAD. Select it and then from a dropdown select what you'd like, 3-D SOLIDWORKS file, STEP file, IGES file, or the 2-D DXF and DWG files of what you see here.
These assets are both very useful, especially when you're under a time crunch and need to get some designs done quickly and want to use borrowed assets such as downloads from the Internet. These are all open source and free to use.
- Opening files from different versions of SOLIDWORKS
- Importing models from online sources
- Importing 3D files
- Importing 2D files
- Exporting 2D and 3D files