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Certification test has me stumped

Certification test has me stumped

Certification test has me stumped

has any tried the CSWA practice test. I am having problems
with question 4. I designed the rather simple bracket but when i cut the notch out it is not the same as the exam...
wonder what i am missing. The pic shows the horizontal lenght of the bracket = 30mm. I thought The vertical side shows 20mm then 5 mm notch then some material after that.

I did 30 mm for the vertical part of the bracket but apparently its not. It also says 4 X r1 . Hmm what is R1 ??

thank you

RE: Certification test has me stumped

4xR1 means that there are 4 similar places where a R1 radius is applied.

I wouldn't worry too much about the test, I think you need some practice in drafting.


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RE: Certification test has me stumped

For Solid works help forum559: SolidWorks 3D CAD products may be a better place to ask.

For drafting help forum1103: Drafting Standards, GD&T & Tolerance Analysis is probably the best place.  However, as Greg points out, it seems you are at a very basic level with the questions you're asking.  I suggest you do some googling to find some general information, even better take a drafting class at a local tech college or community college or something.


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RE: Certification test has me stumped

I really would not worry about trivial little things like not knowing what a radius is, get out there and start your own design company. I find it impossible to see how you could fail.

RE: Certification test has me stumped


I appreciate what you are saying as well as other peoples comments and Yes i understand 4 X R1 but if R1 isn't known then that could throw off a mass question and waste my valuable time trying to pass the test. Certification would be a value to me in terms of clients. Do you agree with this.

thank you

Thank you

RE: Certification test has me stumped

R1 means a radius of 1mm

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RE: Certification test has me stumped

Ding dong, yes i have forgotten that but now i see. You are correct a brush up course on drafting. Imagine giving a qoute to a client now that would be ding dongish and say goodbye to that client.!!!!!

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RE: Certification test has me stumped

Unless it was a typo then no, taking, and passing, the CSWA exam would not be worth much.

I was at a user group meeting a while back when someone from Solid Works was giving a talk about the new sheet metal certification.  He said, and we all agreed, that the CSWA exam is for students or recent grads.

This is kind of sad to say but over the past 4 years of working with SW I have only worked with two other Engineers who even know there was an exam.  The exam will be a feather in your cap but don't expect much from clients.

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Thank you

RE: Certification test has me stumped

Yes i do agree with you it is sad. But hey making money with clients is the best way to go and reputation and saving clients money would definately outweigh certification. But i really think who you bump into would surface a different opinion.

thank you

RE: Certification test has me stumped

4wheeldr I would not waste any more of your valuable time taking exams or trying to learn anything, you already seem way over qualified to me. Get out there and start your own design company now.

I wish you all the luck in the world, from a business perspective nothing would give me greater pleasure than waking up one day to find out you are my biggest competitor.

RE: Certification test has me stumped

If I were a prospective client of yours, the CSWA would be a negative rather than a positive.  The CSWP is a cake walk, and anyone who can't pass it isn't worth contractor rates.  As JamesBarlow states, the CSWA is for students and recent grads.  Passing it means you have probably completed the tutorials.  Nice for new grads because it shows some initiative to a hiring company, but not even close to enough cred to be taken seriously as a contractor.  I would focus on generating a portfolio of your work rather than either cert.

-handleman, CSWP (The new, easy test)

RE: Certification test has me stumped

Quote (4wheeldr):

...I designed the rather simple bracket...

Quote (4wheeldr):

...and waste my valuable time trying to pass the test...

Twenty years out of school. Never designed anything after college. And you talk as if you're a pro. Then you don't what R1 means.

Please don't go out on your own. I'm confident that unless you're designing pre-fabricated air, you're going to get someone hurt.


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