rockin stop walk signLook, there’s a bunch of things you could do this week, but showering regularly, eating less beef jerky and discovering your unlimited potential for doing cool things with SolidWorks should be at the top of the list, don’t ‘cha think?

I’m finding there’s more and more ways of doing things with SolidWorks that have nothing to do with what I actually model in SolidWorks. But suddenly, I find it helps me with what I do actually model.

So, if you’re completely bored with your role in life and need to shed your creative angst, take at look at these 27 ways to get the most out of SolidWorks that will shake your ever-loving 3-Dimensional noggin’.

  1. Look at a model you did 2 years ago.
  2. Look at someone else’s model from 2 years ago.
  3. Model a coffee cup at lunch time.
  4. Help someone on the SolidWorks forums.
  5. Comment on some SolidWorks related blogs.
  6. Start a model of the company conference room.
  7. Show your family some print-outs of what you do.
  8. Make a portfolio of the models you’ve created.
  9. Give someone some dimensioning tips.
  10. Watch some training videos on Youtube.
  11. Make a SolidWorks Background for your girl/boyfriend at work no one knows about.
  12. Learn features of something you don’t use (Surfacing, Sheetmetal).
  13. Use those feature to create something from work.
  14. See how big a pattern you can make without crashing SolidWorks or your computer.
  15. Find people talking about SolidWorks on Twitter.
  16. Join the CSWP (Certified SolidWorks Professional) Group on LinkedIn.
  17. Write down something you want to learn.
  18. Email me what you wrote down.
  19. Watch someone else use SolidWorks.
  20. Send a tip to all SolidWorks users in the company.
  21. Create a bunch of planes on a row with various profiles and loft them all.
  22. Ask people when they started using SolidWorks.
  23. Learn about Dassault (SolidWorks parent company).
  24. Model something as large as a stadium, like a stadium.
  25. Put a bug in your bosses ear about SolidWorks World 2009.
  26. Record a Macro for a Coincident Mate
  27. Subscribe to this blog 🙂

Josh is founder and editor at, founder at Aimsift Inc., and co-founder of EvD Media. He is involved in engineering, design, visualization, the technology making it happen, and the content developed around it. He is a SolidWorks Certified Professional and excels at falling awkwardly.