“Curvy Stuff” Solidworks Tutorials

DiMonte Group LogoI just started up a new job as an industrial designer at a consumer good company. I’ve been using Rhino3D for surface modeling as my primary tool for the last few years, so jumping back to the solids world after a break has felt a bit like turning my brain around in my skull. I’ve been scouring the internet for good solids modeling resources the past few days to try to get back in the game.

Today I found a set of great presentations from Ed Eaton at DiMonte Group. Ed has been giving a series of “Curvy Stuff” instructional talks at Solidworks World over the past few years, and lucky for us, the presentations and example files are all archived on DiMonte Group’s website!

So if you spend time in Solidworks and you haven’t seen these presentations, grab the RAW files and brew a new pot of coffee.

Product Design Forums

Anyone who’s into product design should certainly check out the Product Design Forums site if you haven’t already. It is a big discussion forum full of Industrial Design professionals, students, and fans. TONS of excellent tutorials, as well as exercises and competitions. For instance, every month there is a sketching exercise thread, where everyone sketches and scans based on a given theme. I haven’t participated very much yet, but I really want to start because I know that the practice and feedback will do nothing but help me.

It’s not all sketching either. There are tons of great resources and references for Solidworks, Photoshop, and other software packages in the 3D Tutorials category.