Designing by my definition is a work that required you to do it right and to do it fast. You goal is not just to finish the design... but to finish the design fast in order to make any change soon.That is why CAD came in otherwise people still modelling with clay or plasticine.
Since we will be designing and changes a lot, here is my few tips to make this routine pleasurable and convenient.Pre Designing
1. Turn the room light on. Only hackers stay in dark and ruin their eye due to long expose from single light source...designers don't.
2. Caffeine is good. So help your self with hot beverages in the morning.
3. Get a good chair. Make sure your feet is flat to the ground with out pressuring your knees (too low) or your legs is hanging (too high). Arm rest is and added bonus.
4. Be aware of your palm and wrist on the table.Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is no joke.
5. Position you sitting height so that you will be seeing monitor display at 15° downward angle.This will please your neck and back.
6. Remember to unstuck your eyes from the monitor display every 15 min. Re focus your view to a further object in order to relax your eyes.
7. Switch to sandals. If permitted, bring a pair to your office.You felt more comfortable and reduce smelly socks syndrome after work.
1. Change window color to other the white.
White is a high contrast color and the amount of light bouncing back to your eyes is high.Therefore, I recommend to be change to a “cooler” color like green here:
This will affect all the white color window in SolidWorks to this less harmful to eyes color. You will notice that you can prolong your designing time with out tiring your eyes.
2. Change color in the SolidWorks working area.
If felt the feeling “this is not correct to my eyes” kind of situation when designing,then stop yelling “Mah eyesss! It burns” because you can change the dull gray color to more "eye comfort background".
From the top bar, go to “Tools”, then “Options”.Then go “System Options” tab, select “Colors”. Under “Color Scheme Settings”,pick “Viewport Background” and hit Edit on the right to change color that suit your mood.
3. Maximize Working Window.
Most people don't realize that you can maximize more of your work space window by resizing the icon or change the workspace layout.
If you happened to have a wide screen monitor (pfft..who doesn't nowadays), you can change the workspace layout by going to “View”, then “Workspace” and then change to “Widescreen”.
You will notice the panel have been place on the side so that the top and bottom screen been clear for better view.
Further more, re size the icon to a smaller and remove text/description.This will give more workspace viewing area.
Go to “Tool” then hit “Customize”. At the “Toolbars” tab, unchecked the “Use large button with text” box. This will remove the text that took the icon space. Then, at Options on the right, unchecked the “Large icon” box. Only leave “Show tooltips” just in case you forget what the icon/button do. Just hover over it to pop out the tool tips. For pro with shortcuts out there,
just unchecked the “Enable command manager” to the hide all the icon/button set completely.
So, here you have it. A clean workspace window. I just left the filter task bar down there because I use it a lot lately.
I think that is all for now. For next entry, I will tell about Speed Designing, a method that shave of those millisecond of designing time and the art of placing the right key that make you a ninja with shortcuts.