Professional Training

SOLIDWORKS Essentials Training Course

This course is your SOLIDWORKS introduction, covering basic part modelling, assembly, and design drawings. It's designed to equip anyone, regardless of their background, with the fundamentals needed to work confidently in the software

Duration - 3 days

Prerequisites – Design Experience and comfortable with using Microsoft Windows

Day 1

1. Basics and User Interface

  • Basics and User Interface
  • What is SOLIDWORKS
  • Design Intent
  • File References
  • Opening Files
  • User interface
  • Using the Command Manager

2. Introduction to sketching

  • 2D Sketching
  • Saving Files
  • Sketch Entities
  • Basic Sketching
  • Rules that govern Sketching
  • Design Intent
  • Sketch Relations
  • Dimensions
  • Extrude a Sketch
  • Sketch Guidelines

3.  Part Modelling

  • Stages in the process
  • Terminology
  • Selecting Best Profile
  • Selecting the Sketch Plane
  • Details of the Part
  • Boss feature
  • Sketching on Faces
  • Cut Feature
  • View Selector
  • Hole Wizard
  • Filleting
  • Editing Tools
  • Detailing Basics
  • Drawing Views
  • Centre Marks
  • Dimensioning
  • Changing Parameters

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 Sketch
  • Create Trimmed Sketch Geometry
  • Copy & Paste Features

5. Patterning

  • Why use Patterns?
  • Linear Pattern
  • Circular Patterns
  • Reference Geometry
  • Planes
  • Mirror Patterns
  • Using Pattern Seed Only
  • “Up to Reference” Patterns
  • Sketch Driven Patterns

Day 2

6. Revolved Features

  • Case Study: Handwheel
  • Design Intent
  • Revolved Features
  • Building the Rim
  • Building the Spoke
  • Edit Material
  • Mass Properties
  • File Properties
  • Simulation Xpress
  • Stages in the process
  • Analyse & add Draft
  • Draft options
  • Shelling
  • Ribs
  • Full Round Fillets
  • Thin Features

7. Shelling and Ribs

  • Stages in the process
  • Analyse & add Draft
  • Draft options
  • Shelling
  • Ribs
  • Full Round Fillets
  • Thin Features

8. Editing and Repairs

  • Stages in the process
  • Editing topics
  • Sketch Issues

9. Editing Design Changes

  • Part Editing
  • Design Changes
  • Information from a Model
  • Rebuilding Tools
  • Sketch Contours
  • Replace Sketch Entity
  • Terminology
  • Using Configurations
  • Alternative Methods
  • Modelling Strategies
  • Editing Configurations
  • Design Library

Day 3

10. Configurations

  • Terminology
  • Using Configurations
  • Alternative Methods
  • Modelling Strategies
  • Editing Configurations
  • Design Library

11. Global Variables and Equations

  • Using Global Variables & Equations
  • Renaming Features & Dimensions
  • Design rules for Global Variables
    & Equations
  • Creating Global Variables
  • Creating Equations
  • Using Operators & Functions

12. Using Drawings

  • Stages in the process
  • Removed Section
  • Detailing Views
  • Drawing Sheets & Sheet Formats
  • Model Views
  • Section Views
  • Annotations

13. Bottom up Assembly Modelling

  • Case Study – Universal Joint
  • Stages in the process
  • Creating a New Assembly
  • Fixing First Component
  • Feature Manager Tree & Symbols
  • Adding Components
  • Mating Components
  • Using Part Configurations
  • Sub-Assemblies
  • Smart Mates
  • Inserting Assemblies
  • Pack & Go (Saving)

14. Using Assemblies

  • Stages in the process
  • Analysing the Assembly
  • Checking for Clearance
  • Editing Dimensions
  • Exploding an Assembly
  • Rollback & Reorder Explode
  • Explode Line Sketch
  • Bill of Materials