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
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.
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.
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
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
Learn how to create reference geometry to help you more accurately create your design.
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.
Some useful tips when working with models and creating sketches.
A brief description on design intent and what you should think about when creating models
An introduction to assemblies and the user interface
How to put your parts together into an assembly and connect them together with mates.
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
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 http://www.solidworks.com/sw/docs/CSWASampleExam2007.pdf 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
Wrap up of course and some final thoughts about what was covered and whats next.
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.