It’s a little disorienting flipping from guru to noob, depending on which software I open up. Am I asking or answering questions today? Am I confident or confused? Learning or teaching? It’s definitely humbling taking a step back and putting myself in the learner’s seat, starting from scratch. Well, not quite from scratch. It’s pretty much just the interface and the workflow and the details that I have to learn, I’m familiar with the overall concept. One of the things that seems important to me to know is where the boundaries of the software are. How far can you push it? What are its limitations? This is not usually something that any software company puts in writing, but it’s definitely something you have to know, and it will definitely be something that we explore on this blog.
I’m going to start with Solid Edge as if I were a new user. Although I’ve used the software a bit, I’ve mainly just jumped into the deep end. I started with trying to find edits that Synchronous can’t do, evaluating the interface, dissecting sheet metal, and examining surfacing, stuff that no beginner would really do. I’ve always told new users they should go through the tutorials provided with the software as they start to learn, and now I’m going to take my own advice. I’m definitely fond of third party learning materials, but I think you should start by “drinking a little bit of the koolaid” just to see what it tastes like. This should do a couple of things. First, it should get me started using the proper terminology right off the bat, which should avoid a good bit of confusion later on. Second, I’ll learn the official way of doing things before I start experimenting too much.
Here’s the first thing I’m noticing, starting with the tutorials. If I were a brand spanking new 3D or CAD user, I would just follow the workflow as presented in the tutorial. But I’m not a complete noob. I know enough to know that having custom templates can save me a lot of time. So while I’m using the default templates like the good little direction follower that I am, I’m wondering about templates. How to create templates. What kind of stuff I can change in templates. So for you Edgers out there, any tips on using templates? We’ll come back to this in a later post, but it would be great to get the discussion warmed up a little bit.