You may enjoy some of these exercises in 3D CAD modeling techniques. It seems apparent that many CAD jockeys have not taken any descriptive geometry classes. I introduce two 3D design techniques: Streamlined Sketching and Feature Based Modeling. They alone can increase productivity 30%.
Rarely do you see a comparison of CAD programs. Most are Pro/e clones and virtually work identically except for a few small differences.
I don't particularly care for speed comparisons of CAD systems. We don't design for speed. Design can be a time consuming process involving many considerations. But we also do not want the CAD system to get in our way and become an obstacle in our design process.
Pay attention to the stark difference in the two design paradigms.
I have rarely used the Pro/e constrained sketching paradigm. But as I look at the person design this part in SW I wonder if that is the best way. I notice that he/she has created the complete sketch for the part. I would have created the large rectangle then the rectangular cut and the holes separately, like I would in IronCAD. It seems like you would have more control. But then that would have been another separate step.
My experience with the Pro/e paradigm has been a bit limited due to its overly complex process.
I have used Pro/e to convert some drawings to solid models and did attempt a real project in SW. In the SW project, I used the top down or in context design which is the way you design in IronCAD. I used some existing parts that I imported for reference. I soon had a corrupt assembly and I could not get some edges to be recognized to project on a sketch to create a new part. I gave up. Considering my extensive CAD experience, you would think the package would be intuitive enough to allow me to figure it out.
Change has always been the enemy of the Pro/e clone.
If you use Creo, NX, Catia, Solidworks, Solid Edge, Inventor or any other Pro/E Clone!
Do not watch this video and do not "ever" let the boss see it!
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