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solidworks 3d cad training course


Prerequisites: General knowledge of computers and a Microsoft Windows operating system as a user. Experience and/or education in mechanical design or engineering. Solid modeling experience a plus.

Description: SOLIDWORKS Essentials teaches you how to use the SOLIDWORKS mechanical design automation software to build parametric models of parts and assemblies, and how to make drawings of parts and assemblies.

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About This Course
Windows 7
Use of Color

Lesson 1: SOLIDWORKS Basics and the User Interface
What is the SOLIDWORKS Software?
Design Intent
File References
Opening Files
The SOLIDWORKS User Interface
Using the Command Manager

Lesson 2: Introduction to Sketching
2D Sketching
Saving Files
What are We Going to Sketch?
Sketch Entities
Basic Sketching
Rules That Govern Sketches
Design Intent
Sketch Relations
Sketching Guidelines

Lesson 3: Basic Part Modeling
Basic Modeling
Choosing the Best Profile
Choosing the Sketch Plane
Details of the Part
Boss Feature
Sketching on a Planar Face
Cut Feature
View Selector
Using the Hole Wizard
Editing Tools
Detailing Basics
Drawing Views
Center Marks
Changing Parameters

Lesson 4: Symmetry and Draft
Case Study: Ratchet
Design Intent
Boss Feature with Draft
Symmetry in the Sketch
Sketching Inside the Model
View Options
Using Model Edges in a Sketch
Creating Trimmed Sketch Geometry

Lesson 5: Patterning
Why Use Patterns?
Linear Pattern
Circular Patterns
Reference Geometry
Mirror Patterns
Using Pattern Seed Only
Sketch Driven Patterns

Lesson 6: Revolved Features
Case Study: Handwheel
Design Intent
Revolved Features
Building the Rim
Building the Spoke
Edit Material
Mass Properties
File Properties
SOLIDWORKS SimulationXpress
Using SOLIDWORKS SimulationXpress
The SimulationXpress Interface

Lesson 7: Shelling and Ribs
Shelling and Ribs
Analyzing and Adding Draft
Other Options for Draft
Full Round Fillets
Thin Features

Lesson 8: Editing: Repairs
Part Editing
Editing Topics
Sketch Issues
Freezing Features

Lesson 9: Editing: Design Changes
Part Editing
Design Changes
Information From a Model
Rebuilding Tools
Replace Sketch Entity
Sketch Contours

Lesson 10: Configurations
Using Configurations
Other Methods to Create Configurations
Using Global Variables and Equations
Creating Equalities
Global Variables
Defining the Overall Width
Creating a Minimum Edge Distance
Modeling Strategies for Configurations
Editing Parts that Have Configurations
Design Library
In the Advanced Course...

Lesson 11: Using Drawings
More About Making Drawings
Section View
Model Views
Broken View
Detail Views
Drawing Sheets and Sheet Formats
Projected Views

Lesson 12: Bottom-Up Assembly Modeling
Case Study: Universal Joint
Bottom-Up Assembly
Creating a New Assembly
Position of the First Component
FeatureManager Design Tree and Symbols
Adding Components
Mating Components
Using Part Configurations in Assemblies
Smart Mates
Inserting Sub-assemblies
Pack and Go

Lesson 13: Using Assemblies
Using Assemblies
Analyzing the Assembly
Checking for Clearances
Changing the Values of Dimensions
Exploded Assemblies
Explode Line Sketch
Bill of Materials
Assembly Drawings

Appendix A: Templates
Options Settings
Document Templates