There continues to be a lot of interest in getting certified as SolidWorks Expert (CSWE). Through there are no official accolades that go long with passing the CSWE, the certificate can garner employer and industry recognition of your established skills. Even as the number of Certified SolidWorks Professional grows (CSWP), the number of those with the higher CSWE certification is still small by comparison. Right now, there’s just over 1500 CSWEs. To earn your opportunity to take the CSWE exam, you have to pass the CSWP and also pass four advanced exam modules from a selection including topics like Weldments, Surfacing, FEA, etc.
Applian Way Technologies has a blog with several articles that are brief preparation guides for various exam modules. A Very Swell Idea, Inc has some good advice for taking the modules in their discussion of CSWP Weldment exam. 3D Dimensional Engineer also has a great series on CSWP Preparation.
SolidWorks website itself has great information for each exam, including the core, advanced and the expert exams.
- CSWA - Certified SolidWorks Associate
- CSWA – Acedemic – Certified SolidWorks Academic Associate
- CSWP - Certified SolidWorks Professional
- CEPA - Certified Enterprise PDM Administrator
- CSDA - Certified Sustainable Design Associate
- CSWSA-FEA - Certified SolidWorks Simulation Associate – Finite Element Analysis Advanced Exam
- CSWSP-FEA - Certified SolidWorks Simulation Professional – Finite Element Analysis Advanced Exam
- CSWP-Sheet Metal - Certified SolidWorks Professional – Sheet Metal Advanced Exam
- CSWP-Weldments - Certified SolidWorks Professional – Weldments Advanced Exam
- CSWP-Surfacing - Certified SolidWorks Professional - Surfacing Advanced Exam
- CSWP-Mold Tools - Certified SolidWorks Professional – Mold Tools Advanced Exam
- CSWP-DRWT – Certified SolidWorks Professional – Drawing Tools Advanced Exam
- CSWE – Certified SolidWorks Expert
Once you’ve earned your certificate, you can exhibit it in a number of ways. The certificate with a unique code is provided to you in the form of a PDF file, which can be printed out or shown on your mobile device. You can use your unique code number to allow others to verify your acheivement. Banner images are also provided so that you can add a certificate badge to your emails or website. You can also add your certification information to your Linkedin account. Don’t forget to notify your employer and colleagues.
Are you going to SolidWorks World 2014 and want to know where you can
brag tell others about it? Once long ago, Linkedin used to have a function that allowed you list events you attended. No more. However, Facebook still has such functionality. So, although you cannot cleanly add SolidWorks World 2014 to your pseudo-resume on Linkedin, you can certainly add it to your social network on Facebook at the SolidWorks World 2014 event page.
SolidWorks World is big. Really big. OK, not at big as ComicCon, but it is as big as they come in the CAD industry. Even still, it’s easy to get as much out of it as you possible can. There are tons of sessions available for each day, plus many other opporutnities to get together with others at the conference to learn, network, and even have fun.
Did you know there’s a SolidWorks World Survival Guide? It gives a brief overview how to get the most out of your experience at SolidWorks World. The guide has been updated for SolidWorks World 2014. Check it out.
Rod Uding (@RoughDesigning) discovers a drawing with over 100 revisions. Short but interesting Google Plus Posting here.
Just came across the most revised drawing I have ever seen.
SolidNotes blog has a very good article about the differences between Bend Tables and Gage Tables in SolidWorks.
Bend tables were the original table used by SolidWorks to pull Bend Deduction, Bend Allowance, or K-Factor values for use in calculating the flat pattern. Before the introduction of gauge tables, you would need a separate table for each thickness of material. Since gauge tables were introduced, data for multiple thicknesses of one material can be used in a single table; this makes life much easier!
With all the new functionality with view labels in SolidWorks 2014, some ancillary enhancements have also come about as a result from customer feedback during Beta Testing. One of these enhancements has been the new capability to display any view’s angle within an annotation note. Why would anyone need something like this?
Well, there are four default options for the display of the angle symbol auxiliary views.
- Show rotation symbol with rotation angle
- Show rotation angle
- Show the text “ROTATION” followed by the rotation angle and direction
- Show just the angle
If your company chooses to display just the rotation angle (as is common for GOST drawings), it is still sometimes necessary to display the rotation angle. Because the view label is a global setting within the drawing, there’s no way to accomodate this deviation from the standard settings without having some hugely complicated user interface to track individual labels here and there. So, instead, one additional annotation tag has been added. The advantage is that this new tag is available for any drawing view (not just auxiliary and section views). The new tag is <VIEWANGLE>. Type this into any annotation note. As long as that note is a attached to a view, that view’s angle will be shown. As an example, this new tag can be added to the auxiliary view label after the <VLANGLE> tag (or anywhere else in the note).
The settings and the result of using the new tag:
Table of contents for New in SolidWorks 2014
- What’s New in SolidWorks 2014: Ballooning
- New stuff in SolidWorks 2014 (not mentioned in “What’s New”): Symbols
- What’s New in SolidWorks 2014: On-The-Fly Virtual Sharps While Dimensioning
- Rob Jost gives details of the new Style Spline tool in SolidWorks 2014
- What’s new in SolidWorks 2014: BOM saved sorting
- New in SolidWorks 2014: Angular Running Dimensions
- New in SolidWorks 2014: Quick review of Angular Running Dimensions
- New in SolidWorks 2014: Dimension display controls
- New in SolidWorks 2014: Slots in spades
- New in SolidWorks 2014: View label overhaul (Part 1)
- New in SolidWorks 2014: Brief overview of Replace Model tool for Drawing Views
- New in SolidWorks 2014: View labels and Auxiliary Views (Part 2)
- New in SolidWorks 2014 (not mentioned in the What’s New): View rotation angles everywhere (Part 3)