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Top 20 3D CAD Models to Try Out (Part 2)

Top 3D CAD Models Part 2

There’s no such thing as too much inspiration when it comes to CAD models—which is why we’ve decided to give you a second bunch of great CAD models to try out. So if inspiration is still wearing thin, don’t worry—Scan2CAD has you covered.

We’ve put together a list of 10 more 3D CAD models that you can try out in SolidWorks and AutoCAD (see first 10 here). Whether you’re looking for something quick and simple or you’re after a real CAD challenge, you’re sure to find something here to suit you. The best part? We’ve linked to step-by-step tutorials for each model, giving you the tools to create them yourself. So, what are you waiting for? Check out the list and start your new model today!


1. Bolt and Nut

SolidWorks model of a bolt and nut

The humble nut and bolt are staples of the mechanics and engineering industries, and can be found practically everywhere in the built environment. If you’re starting out creating CAD models, why not start here? Using the tutorial below, you’ll fly through features such as sketch, extrude, curves and dimensioning.

Software: SolidWorks

Interested? Check out the tutorial!
Source: SolidWorks Zen

2. Computer Mouse

SolidWorks model of a computer mouse

This model may look pretty simple on the outside, but it still throws up its fair share of challenges, making this a worthwhile project to undertake. The tutorial below will really test you on your SolidWorks skills—particularly your eye for detail and dimensioning. 

Software: SolidWorks

Interested? Check out the tutorial
Source: 3D Parametric Solid Model Drawing

3. Poké Ball

AutoCAD model of a Pokémon ball

With Pokémon experiencing a comeback this year with Pokémon Go, we thought it would be fitting to include an AutoCAD model of a Poké Ball! The tutorial below took 7 minutes, but you’re probably looking at a good hour’s worth of work. This might look simple enough, but don’t be fooled—this model will definitely test your AutoCAD skills! 

Software: AutoCAD

Interested? Check out the tutorial!
Source: Mufasu CAD

4. Screwdriver

SolidWorks model of a screwdriver

If you’re looking for something a little more real world than a Poké Ball, then why not tackle something you’re sure to have lying around in your toolbox? Try out this tutorial, which will take you through the steps to create a basic cut screwdriver in SolidWorks.

Software: SolidWorks

Interested? Check out the tutorial!
Source: SolidWorks Tutorial

5. Torch

SolidWorks model of a torch

Not for the faint-hearted, this is a detailed and intricate model. If you’re not afraid of getting your hands dirty (metaphorically), then this torch model is perfect for you. The tutorial below will take you through the steps to create one, concentrating on helixing for threading and decorating. Don’t worry if you’re new to CAD modeling: this is also a great model for beginners looking to create something a bit more complex. 

Software: SolidWorks

Interested? Check out the tutorial
Source: SolidWorks Tutorial

6. Turbo Pump

SolidWorks model of a turbo pump

If common household items aren’t your area of interest, why not try this SolidWorks model of a turbo pump? This particular model will definitely test your skills—it’s intricate, detailed and will probably take you a little while to complete. 

Software: SolidWorks

Interested? Check out the tutorial
Source: SolidWorks Tutorial

7. Car Engine

SolidWorks model of a car engine

Are you looking for a more complex CAD model to create? What’s better than a SolidWorks model of a car engine? This particular model and tutorial will take you through an intricate and detailed assembly and parts procedure. Plus, you’ll get the chance to see how the engine functions in action! 

Software: SolidWorks

Interested? Check out the tutorial
Source: SolidWorks Tutorial

8. Jet Engine with Propeller

AutoCAD model of a jet propeller

If you’d rather take to the skies than hit the road, then why not try out this AutoCAD model of a jet engine? The tutorial below will take you through all of the steps, focusing particularly on the loft tool. This is a pretty complex model, so make sure to pay close attention to the commands!

Software: AutoCAD

Interested? Check out the tutorial
Source: SourceCAD

9. Wind Turbine

SolidWorks model of a wind turbine

This SolidWorks model of a wind turbine is pretty advanced, so we’d advise you to only try it if you’re familiar with the software. The tutorial below will take you through advanced part modeling, assembly and creating a drawing package for a turbine prototype. 

Software: SolidWorks

Interested? Check out the tutorial
Source: Tim Callinan

10. Quadcopter

SolidWorks model of a quadcopter

If you’re looking for an exciting CAD model to create, look no further than this SolidWorks model of a quadcopter. The tutorial below will show you how to create this model with the sketch, feature and assembly tools. Plus, you could even 3D print this model to make your own mini quadcopter! How exciting is that?!

Software: SolidWorks

Interested? Check out the tutorial
Source: CAD CAM Tutorial


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