Introduction to Solidworks

Basic principles of Solidworks taught via a series of components, culminating in the design of a dynamic model engine
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  • Lectures 18
  • Length 3.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 5/2014 English

Course Description

This course introduces the fundamentals of Solidworks 3D parametric CAD software for the creation of both parts and assemblies.

The course focuses not only on the individual tools available in Solidworks, but also on the best approach to the use of these tools, so that the design progresses in a logical manner, leading to a robust, effective and efficient design process.

With over three hours of video tutorials, together with a .pdf download of component drawings as used in the exercises, users can complete each exercise at their own pace.

Each lesson builds on previously acquired knowledge and skills, often discussing multiple approaches to a given problem. The series of components created by the user is then used to create a final dynamic assembly.

Upon completion of this course, and with sufficient practice, users should experience increased design productivity, improved design process reliability and a more logical approach to the design process.

What are the requirements?

  • Software required: Solidworks standard or above, from 2011 or later
  • Users will find a basic understanding of technical drawing or drafting an advantage

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Introduce the part and assembly modelling environments
  • Understand basic sketching techniques
  • Create and modify sketch based features such as extrusions and cuts
  • Exploit contours and regions to improve design efficiency
  • Use feature based elements such as fillets and chamfers
  • Use cosmetic threads and specify material properties
  • Employ the thin feature and hole wizard tools
  • Apply offset planes and shared sketches
  • Exploit the helix option to produce spring components
  • Use the assembly environment to import existing part models
  • Utilise various mates to position and orient components in the assembly

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is intended for those working, or considering working, in a 3D design enviroment
  • Users in the design, engineering, drafting, consumer product, medical device and manufacturing industries may find this course appropriate
  • Presented at introductory level, this course is suited to those working or seeking to work at entry level in the above industries

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Section 1: Creation of the Air Engine components
4 pages

These .pdf documents contain the working drawings for all the individual components of the assembly and a drawing of the overall assembly itself.

Solidworks interface, sketching, extrusions and cuts - Part_01
Regions, contours and the hole wizard - Part_02
Grooves and holes on cylindrical surfaces - Part_03
External screw threads, reusing parts Part_04 and Part_05
Using sketches to position holes and features - Part_06
Thin features - Part_07
Multiple ways to create a simple part - Part_08
Advanced use of the extrude command - Part_09
Cut options and rolling ball fillets - Part_10
Polygon sketch tool and dome feature - Part_11
Combined features on single part - Part_12
Use of offset planes - Part_13
Modelling of cylindrical components Part_14 and Part_15
Use of the helix feature to produce a spring - Part_16
Modelling of final components - Part_17 and Part_18
Section 2: Creation of the Air Engine Assemlby
The Air Engine Assembly - Part 01
The Air Engine Assembly - Part 02

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Instructor Biography

Arthur Henry, Chartered Manufacturing Engineer and Certified Solidworks Professional

Arthur Henry is a Chartered Manufacturing Engineer and a Certified Solidworks Professional using and teaching CAD for 20 years, in particular Solidworks for the last 10 years. His industrial experience spans mould and tool design, sheetmetal operations, special purpose machinery and medical device manufacture. Academic qualifications include MIE, MBA, MPhil., and he currently lectures on mechanical and manufacturing engineering undergraduate programmes in Ireland.

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