Coming to the point how exactly is Solidworks to be mastered?

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Work, work, work. That's the best advice I can give.

 
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Its a moving target as they keep adding new features and there is no need to learn it all. It depends on what you want to do in your career and what you job needs are. I would say learn the engineering and use SW as a tool as Word is a tool for writing.
Also, SW can be used for many different types of industries and contains much more then which one job needs. For example I work in tool design and I have no need for the sheet metal, weldment or molds...etc functions of SW to do my job.
Take a look at the highest rated models here on Grabcad and you will find they are pretty but you cannot manufacture them from those models, much more details at different levels of design are needed but thats not what gets ratings. Most jobs in engineering are not making pretty pictures.

Oh, and probably in 10 years we will look back and say remember that SolidWorks and how we had to to do .......to do ...... how things have changed as your learing a new software again. Thank God the engineering doesnt change.

 
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I agree with "Chris S" ... SolidWorks is nothing but a tool (albeit a very fun tool). As far as "mastering" SWx ... I'm sure there's a way ... it'll take a very long time because it's always evolving into something more ... but my question would be - why would you ??? I was considered a "power user" of another CADD software and then we started using SWx ... soooooo I had to learn a new CADD software.

My recommendation is don't worry about "Mastering SWx" ... learn to use it the best you can per the industry that you choose to work in. And as was previously posted in another 10+ years we may be saying "Hey do you remember when they used to use 'computers' to do design work ?"

 
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If you're hell bent on trying to Master SWx ... then maybe you should look into all the various Certified SolidWorks exams ... look here for more information: http://www.solidworks.com/sw/support/mcad-certification-programs.htm

 
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Hey Guys & Gals, Do any of you remember when we used to use "T" Squares, Triangles, Pencils & Paper and Slide Rules, and... "Blue Prints" were just that?

I do!

SW is a Wonder in the works. And work you must :=)))

 
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For everything I learn there seem to 3 more things to learn on a slightly different direction
Keeps your brain working

 
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Ask questions to things you don't know, and keep an open mind as there are often several ways of doing things, and you know what they say: "Practice makes perfect"

 
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A good way to start is following our SolidWorks step-by-step tutorial at :
http://www.engineerpedia.com/ep-1312.html
Best regards,
The EngineerPedia Team

 
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