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Learn the basics of how to create SOLIDWORKS Parts, Assemblies and Production Drawings. Cost Per Seat: Request Quote Prerequisites: Mechanical Design Experience | Experience with Microsoft OS | Introduction to SOLIDWORKS Tutorial (recommended)

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By quickly getting up to speed, as well as using best modeling practices, the SOLIDWORKS Essentials course ultimately ensures maximum efficiency and productivity for all SOLIDWORKS users.

New CAD users, seasoned users of other CAD systems and veteran SOLIDWORKS users can all benefit from Essentials training.

Real life case studies are used to illustrate processes, teaching everything you need to know for building parametric models of parts and assemblies, and making drawings of those parts and assemblies.

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Step 1: Figure Out What Resources Are Available

Step 2: start learning the user interface, step 3: understand basic features, step 4: practice your modeling, step 5: understand advanced features, 5 steps to learn solidworks.

SOLIDWORKS is a complex program that will require time and effort to learn but utilizing the 5 steps below is the best way to learn SOLIDWORKS from scratch to expert level as quickly as is humanly possible.

SOLIDWORKS has a huge range of resources available. You can learn SOLIDWORKS online for free and even take a SOLIDWORKS online course with a certificate to include on your resume or even bump up your current salary by showing your proficiency in the program.

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An essential resource is which allows you to sign up to learn SOLIDWORKS online free; there are classes available for free and paid depending on how far you want to take your training.

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Once you’ve completed or even started the basic training, it’s essential to familiarize yourself with the User Interface to navigate around the system, find tutorials , and figure out all of the components and general usage of the system.

 The general areas that are important to review are.

SOLIDWORKS online course with certificate will not be available for free, so the free training is often the best way to learn SOLIDWORKS for personal use only or to get a taste for the program. SOLIDWORKS training courses cost a fracture of what you’ll make from being able to add SOLIDWORKS to your resume.

  • The Menu Bar has the most used tools such as SOLIDWORKS menus , Search , and all of your Help options .
  • The CommandManager dynamically updates based on your most frequently used tools, so is helpful once you get into the program for easy access to everything.
  • Command Manager has tabs you can access which open up new tools within SOLIDWORKS, such as the Sketches tab, which opens up the Sketch toolbar, so you need to drill down into the application to use specific tools which can be hidden from the surface.
  • SOLIDWORKS search allows you to search the application, help pages, and even forums to get the information you need to get your task completed.
  • Heads-up Toolbar is a toolbar to see all the common tools for manipulating your current view.
  • The Task Pane provides access to SOLIDWORKS resources, including reusable designs, views for drawing sheets, and a range of other helpful information to add to your designs.
  • Feature Manager Design Tree provides an outline view of your active part, drawing, or assembly.
  • The Graphics Area is the most important and largest area you’ll be working with and provides the ability to create and manipulate drawings, assemblies, and parts.

Once you’ve familiarized yourself with all of the main parts of the program and potentially started your training, you should begin to understand the basic features provided in SOLIDWORKS to understand what can be done with this powerful program.

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DESCRIPTION: SOLIDWORKS Advanced builds upon the Essentials lessons to provide instruction on advanced features and capabilities in SOLIDWORKS. Advanced Part Modeling teaches you how to use multi‐body solids, sweeping and lofting features, and the more advanced shaping capabilities of SOLIDWORKS. Assembly Modeling teaches how to maximize your use of the assembly modeling capabilities of SOLIDWORKS.

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Lesson 1:  multibody design techniques

  • Multibody Parts
  • Hide/Show Tree Items
  • Case Study: Multibody Design
  • Solid Bodies Folder
  • Local Operations
  • Feature Scope
  • Patterning Bodies
  • Tool Body Technique
  • Combining Bodies
  • Case Study: Protective Screen
  • Intersect with Solid Bodies
  • Case Study: Bowl
  • Indent Feature
  • Case Study: Indent
  • Deleting Solid Bodies
  • Exercises 1-7

Lesson 2:  saving solid bodies

  • Multibody Part vs. Assembly
  • Saving Bodies Functions
  • Case Study: Clamp
  • Insert into New Part
  • Save Bodies
  • Case Study: Boat Cleat
  • Modeling for Rapid Tooling
  • Splitting a Part into Multiple Bodies
  • Split Feature
  • Case Study: Handle
  • Automating an Assembly
  • Case Study: Using Split Part with Legacy Data
  • Exercises 8-10

Lesson 3:  sketching with splines

  • Curves in Sketches
  • Using Sketch Pictures
  • Case Study: Guitar Body
  • Splines and Spline Relations
  • Changing the Shape of a Spline
  • Fully Defining Splines
  • Evaluating Splines
  • Case Study: Two Point Spline
  • Analyzing Solid Geometry
  • Style Spline and Fit Spline
  • Case Study: Torsion Continuity
  • Case Study: Watering Can
  • Case Study: Coffee Cup
  • Exercises 11-15

Lesson 4:  introduction to sweeping

  • Case Study: Faux Raised Panel Door
  • Sweep with Guide Curves
  • Case Study: Bottle Body
  • The SelectionManager
  • Case Study: Hanger Bracket
  • Exercises 16-19

Lesson 5:  3d sketching and curve features

  • Curve Features
  • Case Study: Spring
  • Sweeping Along a 3D Path
  • 3D Sketching
  • Helix Curve and Spiral Feature
  • Creating a 3D Curve from Orthogonal Views
  • Projected Curve Feature
  • Combining Curves and Smoothing Transitions
  • Exercises 20-23

Lesson 6:  threads and library feature parts

  • Bottle Features
  • Case Study: Modeling Threads
  • Saving a Library Feature Part
  • Performance Considerations
  • Case Study: Adding the Label Outline
  • Creating the Sweep Path and Sweeping Edges
  • Exercises 24-26

Lesson 7:  advanced sweeping

  • Sweep Options
  • Additional Sweep Settings
  • Profile Orientation
  • Case Study: Keep Normal Constant
  • Intersection Curve Feature
  • Visualizing Sweep Sections
  • Case Study: Controlling Twist
  • Case Study: Controlling Twist and Guide Curves
  • Case Study: Align with End Faces
  • Solid Profile
  • Case Study: Drill Bit
  • Exercises 27-31

Lesson 8:  intro to loft and boundary features

  • Comparing Complex Features
  • How Lofting and Boundary Work
  • Case Study: Defroster Vent
  • Loft Feature
  • Boundary Feature
  • Case Study: Lofted Merge
  • Case Study: Reusing Sketches
  • Copying a Sketch and Modify Sketch
  • Derived Sketches
  • Boundary Preview Options
  • Sketch Block and Library Feature Profiles
  • Exercise 32-35

Lesson 9:  advanced loft and boundary features

  • Additional Curves in Loft and Boundary
  • Centerline Lofting
  • Case Study: Heat Shield
  • Loft Preview Options
  • Adding Sketch Segments
  • Cleaning Up a Model
  • Deleting Faces
  • Evaluating Edges
  • Face Fillets
  • Case Study: Hook
  • Curve Influence
  • Exercises 36-38

Lesson 10:  advanced filleting and other features

  • Fillet Settings
  • Fillet Parameters
  • Constant Size Fillets
  • Delete Face: Delete and Fill
  • Fillet Options
  • Variable Size Fillets
  • FilletXpert
  • Other Advanced Features
  • Wrap Feature
  • Deform Feature
  • Direct Editing
  • Exercises 39-44

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Lesson 11:  advanced mate techniques

  • SOLIDWORKS Assemblies
  • Assembly File Structure
  • File References and Example
  • Solving Mates
  • Advanced Mate Techniques and Shortcuts
  • Case Study: Mate Shortcuts
  • Mate References and Design Library Parts
  • Capture Mate References
  • Multiple Selection Mate References and Mode
  • Driven Mates and Using Misaligned Mates
  • Copying Multiple Components
  • Case Study: Copy with Mates
  • Using Copy with Mates
  • Fixed Components
  • Summary: Inserting and Mating Components
  • Advanced Mate Features
  • Case Study: Advanced Mate Features
  • Profile Center Mate
  • Exercises 1-5

Lesson 12:  top-down assembly modeling

  • Top-Down Assembly Modeling
  • Stages in the Process
  • Making Changes to Dimensions
  • Case Study: Editing and Building In-Context
  • Adding Features In-Context
  • Inserting a New Part into an Assembly
  • Building In-Context Features
  • Propagating Changes
  • Saving Virtual Parts as External
  • External References
  • Breaking and Locking External References
  • Machine Design Intent
  • SOLIDWORKS File Utilities
  • Removing External References
  • Exercises 6-8

Lesson 13:  smart technology

  • Assembly Features and Smart Fasteners
  • Case Study: Assembly Features
  • Assembly Features
  • Hole Series
  • Smart Fasteners
  • Smart Components
  • Case Study: Smart Component
  • Flexible Components
  • Exercises 9-14

Lesson 14:  assembly editing

  • Assembly Editing
  • Case Study: Assembly Editing
  • Mate Errors
  • Replacing and Modifying Components
  • Converting Parts and Assemblies
  • Troubleshooting an Assembly
  • Replacing and Reloading Components
  • Component Patterns
  • Exercises 15-18

Lesson 15:  using configurations with assemblies

  • Using Configurations with Assemblies
  • Case Study: Assembly Configurations
  • Creating Configurations and Properties
  • Using the Modify Configurations Dialog
  • Context Toolbar and Changing Configurations
  • Managing the Tree Display
  • Assembly Evaluation Tools
  • Case Study: Hole Alignment
  • Controlling Dimensions in an Assembly
  • Creating an Equality
  • Equations With Functions
  • Sensors and Using the Mate Controller
  • Exercises 19-21

Lesson 16:  display states and appearances

  • Display States and Bulk Selection Tools
  • Case Study: Display States
  • Advanced Select
  • Using Envelopes
  • Appearances, Materials and Scenes
  • Case Study: Appearances and Materials
  • Exercises 22-23

Lesson 17:  large assemblies

  • Large Assemblies Key Topics
  • Lightweight Components
  • Large Assembly Mode
  • Case Study: Large Assembly Options
  • Using SpeedPak
  • Using Configurations with Large Assemblies
  • Modifying the Structure of an Assembly
  • Assembly Visualization
  • Large Design Review
  • Tips for Faster Assemblies
  • Drawing Considerations
  • Exercise 24-27

Lesson 18:  facility layout

  • Facility Layout and Publishing an Asset
  • Using Magnetic Mates
  • Modeling Connection Point Geometry
  • Exercise 28

Lesson 19:  using solidworks treehouse

  • SOLIDWORKS Treehouse
  • Setting Treehouse Instances
  • Exporting Treehouse Data
  • Exercise 29

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