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October 26, 2006


John Nolin

The big thing that I found tripping up users coming to SolidWorks from an AutoCAD or CADKey background, is the basic change in thought process.
In AutoCAD and similar products, setting location is a primary part of feature creation. (you make a precise center and then make your circle)
In SolidWorks, you just click anywhere on a part face, or reference plane, and start your hole or other command. At the end of the function or any time thereafter, you then give the precise location dimensions.
It is initially hard to let go of that habbit of defining locations first, but once you do and get adjusted to the ease of parametric editing, you will find your work flow going much smoother and with much less frustration at the end of a day.

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