Thanks to Josh at solidsmack I found out about the latest 3DVia web resource: www.3dvia.tv where there are indeed some nice tutorials on 3DVia Composer (and the other range of 3D Via products). Interesting to see that its powered by wordpress, and uses Youtube to store its TV videos. I have added the direct RSS feed to my solidworks planet so I’ll see the latest videos as they get added. You can do the same too ( http://gdata.youtube.com/feeds/base/users/3DVIAComposer/uploads ).
Some of the 3DVia Composer tutorials include:
- Multi-Column BOMs
- Toolbars & Hotkeys
- Information about Textures
- Kinematics and animation
- Animating Fluid and Liquid movement
I’ve picked out one of my favourite videos from the 3DVia Channel:
SolidWorks Official Youtube Channel
When I went digging more, I found that SolidWorks has quite an updated Youtube channel with some tutorials (albeit only a few ). Again you will be able to get the RSS feed from http://gdata.youtube.com/feeds/base/users/solidworks/uploads. It’ll be interesting to see what appears there. One tutorial which caught my eye was on creating a chassis for a formula racing kart. The video covered creating a custom weldment profile, creating the 3D sketches, starting with the suspension and finally trimming all the members.
Well I hope to see lots of useful videos getting added to these two channels. On one hand youtube is a good medium for hosting videos, however on the other hand, youtube is blocked in many companies. Hopefully you’ll be able to get an exception or a workaround. The hardest part about the plethora of videos is that there are too many, and a lot of poor quality. Hopefully these will be good ones to watch.