One way to learn SOLIDWORKS is not just about modeling machines and projects but is also about using the tool to generate creative models to push your thinking and modeling ability further in unique ways. So, here is one opportunity for you to learn SOLIDWORKS by 3D modeling Project X – contest.
Calling all 3D modeling enthusiasts, this is Project X, a collection of ideas of modeling applying 3D skills, all while encouraging you to use your most inestimable tool, your own imagination, and sense of competition.
What is Project X?
Project X is an open contest for 3D modeling enthusiasts to model their unique version of X. It is also a step by step booklet which guides you to build your own special character ‘X’. All works are shared publicly on Instagram.
When does the contest starts and ends?
The contest is open for everyone to join starting August 17th till September 6th 2020.
Who is ‘X’?
Think about a tiny itty-bitty body that was turned from real to virtual! No possibility to interact with his beloved family, no chance to meet his dear friends, totally hopeless. S/He cannot be seen or heard because it's part of a virtual world now. To get him back to real-world s/he needs your help!
What you can do?
You can help ‘X’ to find his family and friends by turning him back to reality. How? Being receptive to his inquires and needs to overcome this unknown situation by using your 3D modeling skills! S/he might need a secret tool, a lucky hat or a new appearance to become real again, who knows?!
Explore our modeling ideas and hints across Project X booklet that will be sure to inspire your own creation! Unlock your imagination and become a master of turning X into reality!
The booklet will provide you parts and 2D engineering drawings of Project X, stages, and hits for generating each part of Project X, info about changing appearance and renderings.
We will help you to adjust the appearance of your own Project X, to create renderings using Photo View 360 in SOLIDWORKS, to adjust the size and quality of your render as well as saving your rendering as JPEG or PNG in order to be able to present your work!
At the end of this journey, we have a challenge for you: to make the most unique Project X out there and you will be rewarded!
Join the fun now! Find more information about participating in Project X contest and download your guide.
by: Tirdea Alina, TforDesign Community Member
Alina is a highly detail-oriented person who is striving to get the best outcome of any situation or task. She likes to put accent on quality over quantity while being aware of the work volume. Nevertheless, she is very methodical organized, respecting tasks and deadlines.
You already know how to use SOLIDWORKS to generate 3D models. However, what do you want to achieve with this new knowledge? Do you want to earn money, get a job or you just need to pass an exam? If you are looking to earn money as an independent user, this article is for you.
The basic knowledge of SOLIDWORKS implies that you know how to use every tool form Sketch and Feature menu (defaults or basic adjustment) and how to move from Part to Assembly and Drawings module. If you already know this, CONGRATULATION, you can start to make money as a freelancer! There are so many platforms where you can make your profile and offer your knowledge (Upwork, Fiverr, Freelancer, Workana, PeoplePerHour…). Or you can build the models and sell them (Turbosquid...). After that, it is good to spend some time thinking about what do you really like to model? Do you have an idea of what industry you'll be freelancing for? There are huge differences in standards and requirements between fields. When you apply on freelance web sites, you can search for existing jobs or you can create your profile as an offer profile. In both cases, you need to write your real skills and competencies. It is ok if you do not know everything from the start, but you need to know where to look for whatever information you are missing. If you are sure about 70% that you are capable to finish the job, apply for it! Try Google search to see what are is on-demand and what do you like or have to offer?
Making money as a freelancer is not a quick process. It takes time as to prove your skills and be able to attract clients. For a start, you will need to build your portfolio and identify the skills you have. Here a way to get started. Create one folder with all models and drawings that you already made in SOLIDWORKS. Then, start a document listing all the features and tools that you think you know (use models and drawings that are already in the folder as a reference). Besides every feature and tool, write how confident you are with it. Do you know the basic application or advanced level application? This will help you clearly identify your SOLIDWORKS competencies which you can use as a foundation for which freelance job to apply for.
If you have a certificate like CSWA, CSWP, then your hour can be more expensive as clients will have more confidence in your skills. Also, certifications look great in your CV. In addition to official certifications, every course that you passed is also a great way to show a potential client that you have a will to constantly update yourself and your knowledge.
Doing freelance work will not only earn you money, but it will also help strengthen your design skills and help you build a strong personal portfolio. If you are looking for courses to grow your SOLIDWORKS skills, you can check out the courses collections offered by TforDesign’s School.
by: Ivana Medojevic, M.Sc. TforDesign Community Member
A multitasking mom with a big entrepreneur dream. Reading, writing, and online learning are my passions. Soon Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering.