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SOLIDWORKS Essentials Training Agenda

Length: 4 Days

  • Experience navigating around the Windows Operating System
  • Getting Started Tutorials- (Help > SOLIDWORKS Tutorials)

The SOLIDWORKS Essentials course is recommended to anyone new to SOLIDWORKS. Whether you have migrated from 2D CAD, another 3D system, or have no experience with CAD at all this course is suitable for you. Starting from the very basics of the program, the course develops looking at modelling essentials required for day to day use of the software, right through to some advanced topics for automating designs. Part and Assembly modelling and also the 2D drawing environment are introduced during this course.


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Lesson 1: SOLIDWORKS Basics and the User Interface:

The first lesson of this course introduces the user to the principal components of the SOLIDWORKS user interface and helps them to understand how different dimensioning methodologies convey different design intents.

Lesson 2: Introduction to Sketching

Lesson 2 introduces the user to creating new sketches, using sketch geometry and establishing sketch relations between separate pieces of geometry. Finally the user will learn how to extrude sketches to form 3D solid bodies.

Lesson 3: Basic Part Modelling

In lesson 3 of the course the user will become familiar with the basics of part modelling, learning how to use certain features to create cuts, holes and fillets. They will be taught how to use the editing tools to make changes to parts, and finally, how to create an engineering drawing from their parts.

Lesson 4: Symmetry and Draft

Lesson 4 brings the focus back to design intent. In this lesson the user is introduced to symmetry within their sketches and how to use end conditions within features. They will also learn how to edit the definition and parameters of a feature and regenerate their model.

Lesson 5: Patterning

Lesson 5 familiarises the user with pattern features within SOLIDWORKS and demonstrates how to automate the process of fully defining a sketch. The user will also learn how to create and use the references geometry type’s axes and planes.

Lesson 6: Revolved Features

Lesson 6 teaches the user to create multi-body parts using more complex features such as revolve and sweep. They are shown how to calculate the physical properties of a part and how to perform rudimentary, first pass stress analysis.

Lesson 7: Shelling and Ribs

Lesson 7 focusses on familiarising the user with manufacturing related features such as draft, shell and ribs.

Lesson 8: Editing: Repairs

Upon successful completion of lesson 8 the user will understand how to diagnose problems in a part and repair them using the rollback feature. The user will also be introduced to the FeatureXpert tool to aid in repair.

Lesson 9: Editing: Design Changes

In lesson 9 the user is encouraged to utilize all available tools to edit and make changes to a part, they are taught how different modelling techniques influence the ability to modify a part.

Lesson 10: Configurations

Lesson 10 focusses on configurations, teaching the user how to suppress and unsuppress features in different configurations, change dimension values, and understand the ramifications of making changes to parts that have configurations. The user will also be taught how to insert and use equations to define their model and how to tie values together using global variables.

Lesson 11: Using Drawings

Lesson 11 looks into drawings in more detail, teaching the user to create and modify several types of drawing views and then add annotations.

Lesson 12: Bottom-Up Assembly Modelling

Lesson 12 introduces the user to assembly modelling, bringing separate parts together into an assembly and adding mating relationships between them. The user will also be taught how to use configurations of parts within assemblies and how to add sub-assemblies.

Lesson 13: Using Assemblies

The final lesson of this course shows the user how to create exploded views of their assemblies and perform mass property calculations, this information, along with other part properties, is then used to create a BOM that can be copied over to a drawing.

Appendix A: Templates

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