Creating CAD models is a perfect way to discover the ins and outs of any part. However, sometimes we hit a wall—just what should we create next? No matter whether you’re a CAD beginner or an old hand, there are always times when we need a little inspiration.
Luckily for you, we here at Scan2CAD have just the solution. We’ve put together a list of the top 20 3D CAD models you need to try out in SolidWorks and AutoCAD. In part 1, we list the first 10 of 20! Stay tuned for part 2.
There’s something for everyone in this list, ranging from the simplest of parts to the most complex of machines. We’ve also thrown in links to some handy tutorials which will enable you to create these models yourself! Read on for the full list, and get creating!
1. Roller Bearing
We’ll start things off with this SolidWorks model of a roller bearing. While this model might look pretty simple, it might actually take you longer than you’d expect! Check out the link to the tutorial below and you’ll learn how to use the sketch and feature tools. Plus, you’ll find out how you can use the motion analysis tool to animate the roller bearing!
2. Toy Car
If you’re looking to start using SolidWorks for the first time, and you’re not sure what kind of model to choose, then this is the one to go for. This SolidWorks model of a toy car is nice and basic—perfect for beginners, and for anyone looking to brush up on a few skills. Using the tutorial below, you’ll fly through the basics of SolidWorks including parts, assemblies and linear or revolve patterns.
3. Soccer Ball
If SolidWorks isn’t your preferred CAD software, why not try out this AutoCAD model of a soccer ball instead? A word of caution—it isn’t as easy as it looks! Using the tutorial below, you’ll learn how to use commands such as array and symmetry. Make sure you pay very close attention to the commands used, or you could end up lost very quickly!
4. Corkscrew Bottle Opener
If you’re a fan of precision and detail, then this model might be the one for you! This SolidWorks bottle opener model will take you through the steps to create a conical, tapered helix—which is a lot more complicated than it looks!
5. Swiss Army Knife
If you’re looking for a model to really test your SolidWorks skills, why not try out this Swiss army knife? It’s rather complex due to having to assemble so many parts, but it’s definitely a great way to measure up how well you know SolidWorks.
6. Car Jack
You’ve probably used a car jack at least once in your life, so why not find out exactly how they work? This SolidWorks car jack model is rather easy to assemble (if you follow the instructions carefully!) and it gives you the opportunity to use the move component feature to see how the car jack will function.
7. Hydraulic Pump
This SolidWorks hydraulic pump model is perfect for anyone who loves intricacy in their CAD models. While it might be time-consuming, it’s well worth the effort—using the motion feature will allow you to see exactly how the pump will function, down to every tiny component involved.
8. DC Motor
You’ll have undoubtedly come across a DC motor in one of your many household appliances—they’re present in everything from toys to tools. Like the above model, it’s rather intricate during the assembly process, but it’s certainly worthwhile! Plus, you can test out the motion feature—changing its speed and so on, to see how it would function in real life.
9. Harley Davidson Motorcycle Engine
Harley Davidson motorcycles are classic, with thousands of devotees worldwide. With the tutorial below, you can get the chance to create your very own Harley Davidson motorcycle engine in SolidWorks! For Harley fans, the only thing more exciting is actually riding one!
10. MQ 1 Predator UAV
This SolidWorks model of an MQ 1 Predator UAV is very advanced—so make sure you know your way around the software before trying it out! The tutorial below will take you through advanced aerospace design and advanced assembly procedures. If you’re looking for a CAD model that will test you, then this is the one to try!
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