SolidWorksModel.com provided me with a free copy of its tutorial package for review purposes.
A few weeks back I was contacted by Jan-Willem Zuyderdyn about his recently launched website SolidWorksModel.com. Here is how he introduced himself in his email to me.
I will tell you something more about myself: My name is Jan-Willem Zuyderduyn and I am 25 years old. I studied Product Design & Engineering at the HU in the Netherlands. I am working with SolidWorks for almost six years now. I won the 3rd price in the SolidWorks Design Contest to design the ultimate sports car twice. (SolidWorks Design Contest Benelux in 2007 and SolidWorks 3D Challenge Europe in 2008). Currently, I work as an Automotive Designer at Modesi in Eindhoven, the Design city of the Netherlands.
I have been asked many times by friends, students and complete strangers how I model and render 3D models using SolidWorks. So, since I also enjoy designing websites I thought, why not create a website that shows my SolidWorks modeling and render process and bundle it into a complete SolidWorks tutorial package? So, that’s why I’ve been created this website.
I want to break it up into 2 posts, 1 that covers that modeling portion of his set of tutorials and the other covering the rendering portion of them. I recently completed the modeling of the chopper and I have to say I was quite pleased with how it turned out (see pictures below).
All in all I was impressed by the completeness of the tutorials. The modeling portion was broken into 14 different PDF tutorials and each of the 14 tutorials included clear and concise step by step instruction as to how to model the different aspects of the chopper. With that being said, I want to point out that this tutorial is not for a newbie. There is a certain level of knowledge of the software that the author takes for granted that you know. I would say if you have been using the software full time for 6 months or so you would be more than capable of completing these tutorials.
There were a few things that I would have liked to see changed as far as a modeling tutorial goes. I wish there was more design intent incorporated into the tutorials. The main one that I ran into time and time again was the use of extrude cuts in 2 directions to a dimension as opposed to a through all both ways when that is clearly what you were wanting your end product to show. Another one in the assembly tutorial was the use of a parallel mate between planes at a distance of 0 as opposed to a coincident mate. However, these did not diminish the fact that the rest of the tutorial was great all around.
The RockSolid Recommendation
As I stated before, these tutorials are very well done. For the price tag of 49 Euros (currently about $63.00 US), they are well worth your time and money. The thing that I like about doing tutorials like this is that it gets you to think in a different way than what you normally might. That alone could lead you to change the way you design something that will save you time and money done the road and make your ROI happen quickly. I would recommend these tutorials to anyone.
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To learn more about these tutorials, check out the SolidWorksModel channel on YouTube.
Stay tuned for part 2 of my review which will cover the rendering of this chopper.