Why is Project-Based Learning Needed?
Learning something new, like 3D modeling, appears to be straightforward: you can use extruded boss to get a cube and a revolved boss to get a sphere. But it is not this simple while modeling a real-life object, e.g., a car. Of course, modeling a car will require basic commands like extrude and revolve, but when and how to apply them is a whole new ball game. That is why when you go on 3D modeling real-life objects, a lot of challenges arise.
This leads us to project-based learning (PBL), which is more successful than traditional classroom-based learning. So, what is project-based learning, and how can it assist you in learning a skill like 3D modeling using SOLIDWORKS?
What is Project-Based Learning?
Project-based learning, also referred to as “learning by doing”, develops knowledge and skills by engaging with meaningful projects based on real-life challenges and problems. In case of 3D modeling, these projects can be the objects around you, like a water bottle, folding tray, headset etc.
While working on these projects, you will not only learn SOLIDWORKS (which is your desired goal) but also develop critical thinking, creativity, perseverance, and self-confidence. This will also ensure that you retain the learned concepts and modeling skills for longer.
Applying Project-Based Learning with SOLIDWORKS
Let’s assume that you want to model the following headset.
First, you will need dimensions: you can get them from a detailed technical drawing or measure a real-life object yourself. Then you’ll go through the process of modelling it. During this process, you’ll manage obstacles, learn from mistakes, make adjustments and persevere until you’re satisfied with your project. When you complete your final work of wonder, it will boost your self-confidence because it’ll be something that you’ve created on your own.
We have discussed how project-based learning will help you in learning SOLIDWORKS, but let’s see how it works. Below is a video that touches on project-based learning and goes over a simple project from scratch. Check it out to build your first simple project.
We also have a fully structured program based on several meaningful real-world objects which will push you to your limits and hone your SOLIDWORKS skills. Do check it out if you want to grow your 3D modeling skills with real-life projects. Hope to see you there!
by Mohsina Zafar
Mohsina is a Mechatronics engineer who is passionate about 3D design and artificial intelligence. She specializes in SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD and loves to help students solve their SOLIDWORKS problems.