Gents, I am an intermediate level SolidWorks user, and have experience only
doing 3D modeling, no 2D.
I now need to make 2D drawings for work to give to machinists to make parts from. I need to learn more of the basic drafting skills, and tolerances to be able to make quality 2D drawings for machine shops.
Any recommendations on books, online classes or??
Note that foxsquirrel mentioned the 2010 tutorials which can give you a good start. All versions of SW have these tutorials so you are not limited to the latest 2010 version.
Personally I would opt for the community college, however as your needs may be immediate this option might not be your first choice.
Good luck, PLCamp
One simple, but handy tip when doing 2D drawings:
A lot of folk get confused which side to place the different views on the paper.
Here's how to immagine it:
Picture looking down at the component in the bottom of a goldfish bowl. Draw that. Immagine sliding it up the left hand side of the bowl. Draw what you see on the left hand side of what you've already drawn. Slide it up the top of the bowl and draw what you see above the first drawing etc.
I love deadlines- I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.
Nice to hear someone actually wants to learn how to make proper drawings.
Find a copy of "TECHNICAL DRAWINGS" by: Giesecke/Mitchell/Spencer/Hill . I have 5th edition . There are probably newer.
Penn. State used it for drafting&design courses. I've been at this 40 years engineering and machining and don't think there is better or easier to understand info out there.
What you need to learn is basic drafting skills.
I am going to suggest distancing yourself from the software and focus on drafting as a unique skillset. Once you get confident in drafting abilities then come back to the software and learn to use the tools there.
I would guess your BEST bet to learn drafting is your local community college. What you are looking for is Mechanical Drawing, and Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing, also Blueprint Reading would help to if you are unfamiliar.
Stuff i can use: AutoCAD 2010, AutoCAD Inventor 2010, Solidworks 2009, MasterCAM X2/X4, CNC's FADAL, and Hurco 3-axis CNC Mill