SolidWorks Essentials - Entry Level

This course teaches the learner how to use SolidWorks mechanical design automation software to build parametric models of parts and associated drawings



Learner Profile:

The course is aimed at people seeking a strong grounding in the principles of SolidWorks. Leaners applying for this course do not require prior knowledge, but should be PC literate.

What you will get:

  • The ability to demonstrate competency with multiple drawing and modification commands in SolidWorks
  • Have the ability to create three-dimensional solid models
  • Be capable of creating three-dimensional assemblies incorporating multiple solid models
  • Understand how to apply industry standards in the preparation of technical mechanical drawings
  • Know how to create simulations of the assemblies incorporating multiple solid models

Course Modules:

Module 1 SOLIDWORKS Basics and the User Interface

This module 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.

Module 2: Introduction to Sketching

Theis module 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.

Module 3: Basic Part Modelling

Module 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.

Module 4: Symmetry and Draft

Module 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.

Module 5: Patterning

Module 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.

Module 6: Revolved Features

Module 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.

Module 7: Shelling and Ribs

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

Module 8: Editing: Repairs

Upon successful completion of module 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.

Module 9: Editing: Design Changes

In module 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.

Module 10: Configurations

Module 10 focuses 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.

Module 11: Global Variables and Equations

This module looks at using global variables to tie dimension values together and using equations to give dimensions mathematical rules. The user will become comfortable with these tools and understand the scope of control they can have over their model.

Module12: Using Drawings

Module 12 looks into drawings in more detail, teaching the user to create and modify several types of drawing views and then add annotations.

Module 13: Bottom-Up Assembly Modelling

Module 13 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.

Module 14: Using Assemblies

The final module 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.


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