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SOLIDWORKS Assembly Modelling Training Agenda

Length: 2 days

Prerequisites:
Description:

Learn about designing “top down” within the context of an assembly, ideal for bespoke/ one off components. Speed up assembly generation with shortcuts and tips and tricks for standard parts and fixings.

The course also looks at automated assemblies with configurations, post assembly modifications and an in depth look at assembly management. This course is a must for customers that generate larger assemblies to understand how to reap benefits of large assembly performance and management.

Introduction:

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Lesson 1: Advanced Mate Techniques

The first lesson of this course introduces the user to the SOLIDWORKS assembly structure and how they reference other files. The user will learn how to use various mate types and how to utilize shortcuts for mating components.

Lesson 2: Top-Down Assembly Modelling

In lesson 2, the user will learn how to build and edit a new part within the context of an assembly by employing Top-Down assembly modelling techniques. The user will be taught how to create component features in the assembly context by referencing geometry in existing neighbouring parts, and then how to remove these external references so that the part becomes completely independent from the Assembly File.

Lesson 3: Assembly Features, Smart Fasteners and Smart Components

Upon completion of lesson 3 the user will be able to create features that represent post-assembly machining operations. They will learn how to insert hardware using Smart Fasteners as well as how to create and use Smart Components.

Lesson 4: Assembly Editing

Lesson 4 teaches the user how to replace components in an assembly and how to diagnose and fix any mating errors when the assembly becomes over-defined. This lesson also introduces some of the mirroring and patterning features that are available within an assembly such as creating opposite-hand versions of existing components.

Lesson 5: Using Configurations with Assemblies

Lesson 5 focuses on creating different variations of your assembly by switching components on and off via the use of configurations. The user will firstly learn how to create a configuration of an assembly and then how to automate the creation using a table approach. Secondly, the user will be taught how to link and build mathematical equations between component dimensions.  Lastly, the lesson moves on to using sensors to define design requirements such as minimum acceptable clearance and using the mate controller to animate varying positions of an assembly with the use of distance and angle mates.

Lesson 6: Display States and Appearances

In Lesson 6, the user will learn how to create display states to create visual representations of the assembly and learn how to apply appearances and materials to components and modify the mapping of textures to create a more realistic visual. The user will also be taught methods of selecting multiple components using the selection manager.

Lesson 7: Large Assemblies

Lesson 7 teaches the user how to configure large assembly mode options, and take advantage of lightweight components to improve performance when working with large assemblies. The user will learn how to use advanced selection techniques, create graphical representations of sub-assemblies (SpeedPak), and simplify assembly components by replacing them with less detailed part versions. Finally, the user will be taught how to use the Assembly Visualisation tool to sort the assembly components in a list based on various properties such as Mass.

Lesson 8: Using SOLIDWORKS Treehouse

In Lesson 8, the user will learn how to setup & make use of Magnetic Mates to automate the mating and positioning between components. The user will start by creating various connection points on each component, which can then be snapped together within the top-level assembly.

Lesson 9: Layout-based Assembly Design

The final lesson of this course introduces SOLIDWORKS Treehouse. This application allows you to set up your assembly hierarchy in a graphical user interface before you start building your models inside SOLIDWORKS. The user will learn how to use templates to create new assembly files and insert existing components by dragging from Windows Explorer. By the end of the lesson, the user will understand the full user interface and how to export the Treehouse data into SOLIDWORKS.

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