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SWOOD Design


Lesson Agenda
Introduction: Overview - This lesson will give a thorough understanding on the initial SWOOD setup, ensuring standard libraries and specific document templates are loaded and accessible for all of the design team to use. Following on from the setup, learn how to customise the user interface to meet your own specific requirements.

Lesson 1: Panel Design - Take a look into the design and construction details of an individual SWOOD panel. Specify core and laminate materials, including stock offsets, grain direction and edge banding properties, as well as applying standard and bespoke mouldings. Learn how to add parameters that will drive the size and shape of the overall panel and its hole, pocket, slot and edging details.

Lesson 2: Frame Design - Bringing together the panel design fundamentals from the previous lesson, we now assemble a series of panels and add parameters to create a fully configurable frame in our library. The lesson is completed by learning how to drag and drop intelligent fasteners from the connector library onto the new frame.

Lesson 3: Connectors - Lesson 3 focuses on the functionality and configuration of the connector library. The library contains a range of fixings from cams and dowels to biscuit and mortice and tenon joints. During the lesson we will customise some connectors by adding rules so they work intelligently as your design evolves.

Lesson 4: SWOODBox - A SWOODBox is an intelligent and adaptable means of applying draws, doors, shelves, hanger rails…etc to your frame design by drag and dropping items from your library onto a model. The lesson covers how to construct a SWOODBox feature for your library by adding rules which control sizes, quantities and the necessary hole details required onto adjacent panels, such as hinge rebates and shelf hole pitches.

Lesson 5: Layout Project - Creating a SWOOD Layout brings together the work undertaken in the previous lessons. It is here where we can use a SOLIDWORKS assembly to plan the layout of a room and populate it with frames and SWOODBox items from your library.

Lesson 6: SWOOD Center Configurator - SWOOD Center Configurator is included in every seat of SWOOD Design. SWOOD Center allows the capture of parameters and dimensions at the top level of a project including SOLIDWORKS dimensions, SOLIDWORKS custom properties, SWOODBox parameters and Panel material information. This lesson covers the use and benefits of SWOOD Center to control and link multiple top level information.
Course Details
Length: 3 Days

Prerequisites: It is recommended that participants should have attended the SOLIDWORKS Essentials training course or the CAD Essentials for CAM users.


During the course you will learn how to build a bespoke and intelligent library of panels, frames, connectors and intelligent SWOOD box models that will allow you to quickly create new furniture designs, complete with all the required manufacturing detail by using simple drag and drop from your library.

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