## SOLIDWORKS xDesign Lesson 11: Sketch Based and Applied Features

Through the years of teaching SOLIDWORKS, I tell my students important basics. 1. Select the correct sketch plane. 2. Keep the Base sketch simple. 3. Use constraints (geometric relations) before dimensions. 4. Keep features simple. Similar basics apply with SOLIDWORKS xDesign.

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## SOLIDWORKS xDesign Lesson #10: Sketching, Constraints, Dimensions

Design intent manages the relationship between sketches in a feature, features in a part, and parts in an assembly. Students need to understand design intent in a sketch, using constraints and dimensions. Let’s start with a simple example using xDesign.

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## SOLIDWORKS xDesign Lesson 9:External References – Copy with Mates

Engineering students need to understand how to create assemblies using a bottom – up design approach, a top – down design approach or combination of both. Use SOLIDWORKS xDesign to understand how external references are created when inserting a new component. Enhance working proficiency with copy with mates using components not in a pattern. Utilize a collaborative space so students just don’t loose their data in the cloud.

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## SOLIDWORKS xDesign Lesson #8: 4Bar Linkage with Kinematics

The 4Bar Linkage provides students a first look at mechanisms, before applying an analytical solution, with easy to understand Joints in the Kinematics player. The Physical Products (components) can be used between many apps on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.

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## SOLIDWORKS xDesign Lesson #7: Assemblies

In this lesson, import three SOLIDWORKS parts (Windows) into xDesign and save to a Collaborative space (cloud) . From the Collaborative space insert the three components, one at a time, into the Rocket assembly. The first component is inserted to the Origin and is fixed. All other components are inserted to the Origin and are not fixed. Use mates to represent the physical behavior of the model.

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## SOLIDWORKS xDesign Lesson #5: Views and View Orientation

Does it matter what plane you start your first sketch on? Yes! Find out how xDesign helps students understand the 6 principle views (Top, Front, Right, Back, Bottom, Left) and view orientation with the reference Triad and the Trimetric view.

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## SOLIDWORKS xDesign Lesson #4: Create a Dashboard

Students need to understand how apps work together to design components. Create a new Dashboard with three important apps (Widgets) for a classroom environment SOLIDWORKS xDesign, 3DSpace (cloud storage), and Bookmark Editor (view and manage files).

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## SOLIDWORKS xDesign Lesson #2: Mouse Control and Collaborative Space

The SOLIDWORKS xDesign Lesson series helps educators understand the difference between teaching SOLIDWORKS and xDesign to students. Understand mouse control, 3DEXPERIENCE User Assistance (Help) and Collaborative Space – before students make their first part.

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## SOLIDWORKS xDesign Lesson #1: Getting Started

After teaching 1000’s of students and writing about SOLIDWORKS for over 25 years, David Planchard, emeritus WPI, is exploring xDesign.  Through the SOLIDWORKS xDesign Lesson series, David helps educators understand the differences and similarities between xDesign and

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