4 day training course, $1,395


SOLIDWORKS Essentials teaches you how to use the SOLIDWORKS mechanical design automation software to build parametric models of parts and assemblies, and how to make drawings of those parts and assemblies.

Recommended Prerequisites:
- Mechanical Design Experience
- Experience with Windows operating system. (We will be using Windows7)
- Completed some of the online tutorials 

  • To do this you must have SOLIDWORKS. You can find the tutorial section in SOLIDWORKS under the Help > Online Tutorials.
  • If you have never run SOLIDWORKS it is highly recommended to play with the tutorials. Knowing these things will aid you in learning SOLIDWORKS more effectively during the class.
  • We will be starting from square one; learning about what buttons do, all the way through assembly construction.

The topics covered in this course are: 

About This Course 
Windows 7 
Use of Color

Lesson 1: SOLIDWORKS Basics and the User Interface 
What is the SOLIDWORKS Software? 
Design Intent 
File References 
Opening Files 
The SOLIDWORKS User Interface 
Using the Command Manager

Lesson 2: Introduction to Sketching
2D Sketching 
Saving Files 
What are We Going to Sketch? 
Sketch Entities 
Basic Sketching 
Rules That Govern Sketches 
Design Intent 
Sketch Relations 
Sketching Guidelines

Lesson 3: Basic Part Modeling 
Choosing the Best Profile 
Choosing the Sketch Plane 
Details of the Part 
Boss Feature 
Sketching on a Planar Face 
Cut Feature 
View Selector 
Using the Hole Wizard 
View Options 
Editing Tools 
Detailing Basics 
Drawing Views 
Center Marks 
Changing Parameters

Lesson 4: Symmetry and Draft 
Case Study: Ratchet 
Design Intent 
Boss Feature with Draft 
Symmetry in the Sketch 
Sketching Inside the Model 
View Options 
Using Model Edges in a Sketch 
Creating Trimmed Sketch Geometry

Lesson 5: Patterning 
Why Use Patterns? 
Reference Geometry 
Linear Pattern 
Circular Patterns 
Mirror Patterns 
Using Pattern Seed Only 
Sketch Driven Patterns

Lesson 6: Revolved Features
Case Study: Handwheel 
Design Intent 
Revolved Features 
Building the Rim 
Building the Spoke 
Edit Material 
Mass Properties 
File Properties 
SOLIDWORKS SimulationXpress 
Using SOLIDWORKS SimulationXpress 
The SimulationXpress Interface

Lesson 7: Shelling and Ribs
Analyzing and Adding Draft 
Other Options for Draft 
Full Round Fillets 
Thin Features

Lesson 8: Editing: Repairs 
Part Editing 
Editing Topics 
Sketch Issues 
Freezing Features 

Lesson 9: Editing:Design Changes 
Part Editing 
Design Changes 
Information From a Model 
Rebuilding Tools 
Sketch Contours

Lesson 10: Configurations 
Using Configurations 
Other Methods to Create Configurations 
Using Global Variables and Equations 
Creating Equalities 
Global Variables 
Defining the Overall Width 
Creating a Minimum Edge Distance 
Modeling Strategies for Configurations 
Editing Parts that Have Configurations 
Design Library 

Lesson 11: Using Drawings 
More About Making Drawings 
Section View 
Model Views 
Broken View 
Detail Views 
Drawing Sheets and Sheet Formats 
Projected Views 

Lesson 12: Bottom-Up Assembly Modeling 
Case Study: Universal Joint 
Bottom-Up Assembly 
Creating a New Assembly 
Position of the First Component 
FeatureManager Design Tree and Symbols 
Adding Components 
Using Part Configurations in Assemblies 
Smart Mates 
Inserting Sub-assemblies 
Pack and Go

Lesson 13: Using Assemblies
Analyzing the Assembly 
Checking for Clearances 
Changing the Values of Dimensions 
Exploded Assemblies 
Bill of Materials 
Assembly Drawings