SolidWorks Fundamentals

Learn how to model a 3D design from conception to printing it out for a client or your own wall.
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  • Lectures 24
  • Length 2 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 9/2013 English

Course Description

This course will teach you the fundamentals of SolidWorks. Understanding such an immense software program such as this will take some time to fully master. This course will teach you the fundamental functions required to model and document a design you may have. It will also test your knowledge with quizes and a practice exercise at the very end in case you may be preparing for the Certified SolidWorks Professional (CSWP) exam

Why learn SolidWorks?

SolidWorks is a software used by many engineers. Knowing how to create a design is very useful when you want to prototype a product and eventually send it off to be created.

  • Flexibility Learning
  • Learning by Watching and Doing
  • Becoming More Competitive in the Workforce
  • Understand What It Takes to Create a Model
What this course offers
  • Video Lessons
  • Project Files to Work On
  • Exercise lessons
  • Documents for Quick Review
  • Test Questions on Fundamentals
Topics Included
  • Basic Sketching
  • Creating Parts
  • Using Libraries
  • Dimensioning
  • Creating Assemblies
  • Creating Drawings
  • And Myself for Help

What are the requirements?

  • SolidWorks

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Model in 3D
  • Correctly Present your Design on Paper
  • Create Assemblies
  • Create Parts

Who is the target audience?

  • Students
  • Freelance
  • Technology Gurus

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Desktop, iOS and Android.

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Certificate of completion.


Section 1: About the Course

An introduction to the course about what will be covered

Section 2: Getting Started

A quick look at the user interface so you know where things are located


Looking at easy ways to make changes to the way the interface layout.

Common File Types You may Encounter
1 page

Some simple tips when working with SolidWorks documents


Project files that will be used throughout the course. They are not needed unless you intend to follow along with making adjustments to the files

Section 3: Sketching Fundamentals
1 page

A list of Hotkeys that you can always customize but are enabled by default in SolidWorks. Knowing a few of them early and while practicing will help you increase your efficiency.


Learn how to use some of the basic sketch tools that will later become 3D models


A view of the shortcut menu "s"


A look at sketch relationships


Basic sketch tools that include: trim, extend, offset, move, copy, scale, stretch, rotate, erase, mirror, pattern, and selection techniques

Section 4: Construction Geometry
Construction Geometry

Learn how to create reference geometry to help you more accurately create your design.

Section 5: Getting Started with 3D

Learn to use some of the 3D features in SolidWorks such as Revolved Boss/Base, Extruded Boss/Base, Swept Boss, Lofted Boss/Base


Learn additional features that will remove material from your 3D objects.


A look at some of the tools that will modify the geometry of your 3D features.

1 page

Some useful tips when working with models and creating sketches.

1 page

A brief description on design intent and what you should think about when creating models

Knowledge Review
22 questions
Section 6: Assemblies

An introduction to assemblies and the user interface


How to put your parts together into an assembly and connect them together with mates.

Section 7: Drawings

Creating a drawing and looking at the options for where templates are found


Learn to add annotations, dimensions, and an exploded view to your drawing

Section 8: Appendix Sample Exam Question
1 page

If you were considering taking any exams for certification on your ability in SolidWorks, this sample question should be a good challenge for you to think about how YOU would put a part together intelligently and as quick as you can. Remember we used the center of mass already and think about the main feature of each of the components and start with that. Slowly continue to add additional features until you have the desired result. This item was taken from If you would like to view the whole test please go to the solidworks website and browse their documentation online.

The correct Answer is D

Section 9: Closing Lecture

Wrap up of course and some final thoughts about what was covered and whats next.

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Instructor Biography

Brian Apodaca, Engineer and Educator

My background is in engineering with an emphasis in physics. I have a passion for learning and teaching those that enjoy learning as much as I do. I am a jack of many trades and want to try to make the complex topics much easier to understand by focusing on the essential concepts. Many engineers might know this as the KISS Principle. So my goal is to avoid any unnecessary complexity in trying to convey essential topics to you. Learning from my mistakes and gaining the tricks that I have learned along the way will give you a great foundation and help you take that next step.

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