SOLIDWORKS Essentials

SOLIDWORKS Essentials Course Description

Duration: 4.00 days (32 hours)

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 those parts and assemblies.

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Course Prerequisites for SOLIDWORKS Essentials

  • » Mechanical design experience; experience with the Windows operating system

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SOLIDWORKS Essentials Course Outline

      1. Introduction
        1. About This Course
          1. Prerequisites
          2. Course Design Philosophy
          3. Using this Book
          4. About the Training Files
          5. Conventions Used in this Book
        2. Windows 7
        3. Use of Color
          1. Graphics and Graphics Cards
          2. Color Schemes
        4. More SOLIDWORKS Training Resources
          1. Local User Groups
      2. SOLIDWORKS Basics and the User Interface
        1. What is the SOLIDWORKS Software?
        2. Design Intent
          1. Examples of Design Intent
          2. How Features Affect Design Intent
        3. File References
          1. Object Linking and Embedding (OLE)
        4. Opening Files
          1. Computer Memory
        5. The SOLIDWORKS User Interface
          1. Pull-down Menus
        6. Using the Command Manager
          1. Adding and Removing CommandManager Tabs
          2. FeatureManager Design Tree
          3. PropertyManager
          4. Full Path Name
          5. Selection Breadcrumbs
          6. Task Pane
          7. Opening Labs with the File Explorer
          8. Heads-up View Toolbar
          9. Unselectable Icons
          10. Mouse Buttons
          11. Keyboard Shortcuts
          12. Multiple Monitor Displays
          13. System Feedback
          14. Options
          15. Search
      3. Introduction to Sketching
        1. 2D Sketching
        2. Stages in the Process
        3. Saving Files
          1. Save
          2. Save As
          3. Save As Copy to Disk
          4. Save As Copy and Open
        4. What are We Going to Sketch?
        5. Sketching
          1. Default Planes
        6. Sketch Entities
          1. Sketch Geometry
        7. Basic Sketching
          1. The Mechanics of Sketching
          2. Inference Lines (Automatic Relations)
          3. Sketch Feedback
          4. Status of a Sketch
        8. Rules That Govern Sketches
        9. Design Intent
          1. What Controls Design Intent?
          2. Desired Design Intent
        10. Sketch Relations
          1. Automatic Sketch Relations
          2. Added Sketch Relations
          3. Examples of Sketch Relations
          4. Selecting Multiple Objects
        11. Dimensions
          1. Dimensioning: Selection and Preview
          2. Angular Dimensions
          3. Instant 2D
        12. Extrude
        13. Sketching Guidelines†
        14. Exercise 1: Sketch and Extrude 1
        15. Exercise 2: Sketch and Extrude 2
        16. Exercise 3: Sketch and Extrude 3
        17. Exercise 4: Sketch and Extrude 4
        18. Exercise 5: Sketch and Extrude 5
        19. Exercise 6: Sketch and Extrude 6
      4. Basic Part Modeling
        1. Basic Modeling
          1. Stages in the Process
        2. Terminology
          1. Feature
          2. Plane
          3. Extrusion
          4. Sketch
          5. Boss
          6. Cut
          7. Fillets and Rounds
          8. Design Intent
        3. Choosing the Best Profile
        4. Choosing the Sketch Plane
          1. Planes
          2. Placement of the Model
        5. Details of the Part
          1. Standard Views
          2. Main Bosses
          3. Best Profile
          4. Sketch Plane
          5. Design Intent
          6. Sketching the First Feature
          7. Extrude Options
          8. Renaming Features
        6. Boss Feature
        7. Sketching on a Planar Face
          1. Sketching
          2. Tangent Arc Intent Zones
          3. Autotransitioning Between Lines and Arcs
        8. Cut Feature
        9. View Selector
        10. Using the Hole Wizard
          1. Creating a Standard Hole
          2. Counterbore Hole
        11. Filleting
          1. Filleting Rules
        12. Editing Tools
          1. Editing a Sketch
          2. Selecting Multiple Objects
          3. Editing Features
          4. Fillet Propagation
          5. Rollback Bar
        13. Detailing Basics
          1. Settings Used in the Template
          2. CommandManager Tabs
          3. New Drawing
        14. Drawing Views
          1. Tangent Edges
          2. Moving Views
        15. Center Marks
        16. Dimensioning
          1. Driving Dimensions
          2. Driven Dimensions
          3. Manipulating Dimensions
          4. Associativity Between the Model and the Drawing
        17. Changing Parameters
          1. Rebuilding the Model
        18. Exercise 7: Plate
        19. Exercise 8: Cuts
        20. Exercise 9: Basic-Changes
        21. Exercise 10: Base Bracket
        22. Exercise 11: Part Drawings
      5. Symmetry and Draft
        1. Case Study: Ratchet
          1. Stages in the Process
        2. Design Intent
        3. Boss Feature with Draft
          1. Building the Handle
          2. Design Intent of the Handle
        4. Symmetry in the Sketch
          1. Symmetry after Sketching
          2. Mid Plane Extrusion
        5. Sketching Inside the Model
          1. Design Intent of the Transition
          2. Circular Profile
          3. Sketching the Circle
          4. Changing the Appearance of Dimensions
          5. Extruding Up To Next
          6. Design Intent of the Head
        6. View Options
          1. Display Options
          2. Modify Options
          3. Middle Mouse Button Functions
          4. Reference Triad Functions
          5. Keyboard Shortcuts
        7. Using Model Edges in a Sketch
          1. Sketching an Offset
        8. Creating Trimmed Sketch Geometry
          1. Trim and Extend
          2. Modifying Dimensions
          3. Measuring
        9. Copy and Paste Features
        10. Exercise 12: Pulley
        11. Exercise 13: Symmetry and Offsets 1
        12. Exercise 14: Ratchet Handle Changes
        13. Exercise 15: Symmetry and Offsets 2
        14. Exercise 16: Tool Holder
        15. Exercise 17: Idler Arm
        16. Exercise 18: Up To Surface
      6. Patterning
        1. Why Use Patterns?
          1. Pattern Options
        2. Linear Pattern
          1. Flyout FeatureManager Design Tree
          2. Skipping Instances
          3. Geometry Patterns
          4. Performance Evaluation
        3. Circular Patterns
        4. Reference Geometry
          1. Axes
        5. Planes
        6. Mirror Patterns
          1. Patterning a Solid Body
        7. Using Pattern Seed Only
        8. Up To Reference
        9. Sketch Driven Patterns
          1. Points
          2. Automatic Dimensioning of Sketches
        10. Exercise 19: Linear Patterns
        11. Exercise 20: Sketch Driven Patterns
        12. Exercise 21: Skipping Instances
        13. Exercise 22: Linear and Mirror Patterns
        14. Exercise 23: Circular Patterns
        15. Exercise 24: Axes and Multiple Patterns
      7. Revolved Features
        1. Case Study: Handwheel
          1. Stages in the Process
        2. Design Intent
        3. Revolved Features
          1. Sketch Geometry of the Revolved Feature
          2. Rules Governing Sketches of Revolved Features
          3. Special Dimensioning Techniques
          4. Diameter Dimensions
          5. Creating the Revolved Feature
        4. Building the Rim
          1. Slots
          2. Multibody Solids
        5. Building the Spoke
          1. Edge Selection
          2. Chamfers
          3. RealView Graphics
        6. Edit Material
        7. Mass Properties
          1. Mass Properties as Custom Properties
        8. File Properties
          1. Classes of File Properties
          2. Creating File Properties
          3. Uses of File Properties
        9. SOLIDWORKS SimulationXpress
          1. Overview
          2. Mesh
        10. Using SOLIDWORKS SimulationXpress
        11. The SimulationXpress Interface
          1. Options
          2. Phase 1: Fixtures
          3. Phase 2: Loads
          4. Phase 3: Material
          5. Phase 4: Run
          6. Phase 5: Results
          7. Phase 6: Optimize
          8. Updating the Model
          9. Results, Reports and eDrawings
        12. Exercise 25: Flange
        13. Exercise 26: Wheel
        14. Exercise 27: Guide
        15. Exercise 28: Ellipse
        16. Exercise 29: Sweeps
          1. Slide Stop
          2. Cotter Pin
          3. Paper Clip
          4. Mitered Sweep
          5. Exercise 30: SimulationXpress
      8. Shelling and Ribs
        1. Shelling and Ribs
          1. Stages in the Process
          2. Selection Sets
        2. Analyzing and Adding Draft
          1. Draft Analysis
        3. Other Options for Draft
        4. Shelling
          1. Order of Operations
          2. Face Selection
        5. Ribs
          1. Rib Sketch
          2. Section View
          3. Converting Edges
        6. Full Round Fillets
        7. Thin Features
        8. Exercise 31: Pump Cover
        9. Exercise 32: Tool Post
        10. Exercise 33: Compression Plate
        11. Exercise 34: Blow Dryer
        12. Exercise 35: Angles
        13. Exercise 36: Arm
        14. Exercise 37: Blade
      9. Editing: Repairs
        1. Part Editing
          1. Stages in the Process
        2. Editing Topics
          1. Information from a Model
          2. Finding and Repairing Problems
          3. Settings
          4. What’s Wrong Dialog
          5. Flat Tree View
          6. Where to Begin
        3. Sketch Issues
          1. Box Selection
          2. Lasso Selection
          3. Check Sketch for Feature
          4. Repair Sketch
          5. Repairing Sketch Plane Issues
          6. FeatureXpert
          7. Freezing Features
        4. Exercise 38: Errors1
        5. Exercise 39: Errors2
        6. Exercise 40: Errors3
        7. Exercise 41: Adding Draft
      10. Editing: Design Changes
        1. Part Editing
          1. Stages in the Process
        2. Design Changes
          1. Required Changes
        3. Information From a Model
          1. Part Reviewer
          2. Dependencies
          3. Rebuilding Tools
          4. Rollback to Feature
          5. Freeze Bar
          6. Rebuild Feedback and Interrupt
          7. Feature Suppression
          8. General Tools
          9. Deletions
          10. Reorder
          11. SketchXpert
        4. Replace Sketch Entity
        5. Sketch Contours
          1. Contours Available
          2. Shared Sketches
          3. Copying Fillets
        6. Exercise 42: Changes
        7. Exercise 43: Editing
        8. Exercise 44: SketchXpert
        9. Exercise 45: Contour Sketches
      11. Configurations
        1. Configurations
          1. Terminology
        2. Using Configurations
          1. Accessing the ConfigurationManager
          2. Adding New Configurations
          3. Defining the Configuration
          4. Changing Configurations
          5. Renaming and Copying Configurations
          6. Managing Configuration Data
        3. Other Methods to Create Configurations
          1. Modify Configurations
          2. Design Tables
          3. Other Uses of Configurations
        4. Modeling Strategies for Configurations
        5. Editing Parts that Have Configurations
        6. Design Library
          1. Default Settings
          2. Multiple References
          3. Dropping on Circular Faces
        7. In the Advanced Course
        8. Exercise 46: Configurations 1
        9. Exercise 47: Configurations 2
        10. Exercise 48: Configurations 3
      12. Global Variables and Equations
        1. Using Global Variables and Equations
        2. Renaming Features and Dimensions
          1. Dimension Name Format
        3. Design Rules Using Global Variables and Equations
          1. Wall Thickness
          2. Draft Angle
          3. Rib thickness
        4. Global Variables
          1. Creating Global Variables
        5. Equations
          1. Creating an Equality
          2. Using the Modify Dialog
        6. Using Operators and Functions
          1. Operators
          2. Functions
          3. File Properties
          4. Measure
          5. Equation Solve Order
          6. Direct Input of Equations
          7. Editing Equations
        7. Exercise 49: Using Global Variables
        8. Exercise 50: Using Equations
      13. Using Drawings
        1. More About Making Drawings
          1. Stages in the Process
        2. Section View
          1. View Alignment
        3. Model Views
        4. Broken View
        5. Detail Views
        6. Drawing Sheets and Sheet Formats
          1. Adding Drawing Sheets
        7. Annotations
          1. Properties in Drawings
          2. Notes
          3. Copying Views
          4. Datum Feature Symbols
          5. Surface Finish Symbols
          6. Dimension Properties
          7. Centerlines
          8. Geometric Tolerance Symbols
          9. Dimension Text
        8. Exercise 51: Details and Sections
        9. Exercise 52: Broken Views and Sections
        10. Exercise 53: Drawings
      14. Bottom-Up Assembly Modeling
        1. Case Study: Universal Joint
        2. Bottom-Up Assembly
          1. Stages in the Process
          2. The Assembly
        3. Creating a New Assembly
        4. Position of the First Component
        5. FeatureManager Design Tree and Symbols
          1. Degrees of Freedom
          2. Components
          3. Component Name
          4. State of the component
        6. Adding Components
          1. Insert Component
          2. Moving and Rotating Components
        7. Mating Components
          1. Mate Types and Alignment
          2. Mating Concentric and Coincident
          3. Width Mate
          4. Rotating Inserted Components
          5. Using the Component Preview Window
          6. Parallel Mate
          7. Dynamic Assembly Motion
          8. Displaying Part Configurations in an Assembly
          9. The Pin
        8. Using Part Configurations in Assemblies
          1. The Second Pin
          2. Opening a Component
          3. Creating Copies of Instances
          4. Component Hiding and Transparency
          5. Component Properties
        9. Sub-assemblies
        10. Smart Mates
        11. Inserting Sub-assemblies
          1. Mating Sub-assemblies
          2. Distance Mates
        12. Pack and Go
        13. Exercise 54: Mates
        14. Exercise 55: Gripe Grinder
        15. Exercise 56: Using Hide and Show Component
        16. Exercise 57: Part Configurations in an Assembly
        17. Exercise 58: U-Joint Changes
      15. Using Assemblies
        1. Using Assemblies
          1. Stages in the Process
        2. Analyzing the Assembly
          1. Mass Properties Calculations
          2. Checking for Interference
          3. Open Part
        3. Checking for Clearances
          1. Static vs. Dynamic Interference Detection
          2. Performance Considerations
        4. Changing the Values of Dimensions
        5. Exploded Assemblies
          1. Setup for the Exploded View
          2. Assembly Explode
          3. Rotations in Exploded Views
          4. Changing the Explode Direction
          5. Using Auto-Spacing
        6. Explode Line Sketch
          1. Explode Line Selections
          2. Other Explode Lines
          3. Adjusting the Explode Lines
          4. Animating Exploded Views
          5. Animation Controller
          6. Playback Options
        7. Bill of Materials
        8. Assembly Drawings
          1. Adding Balloons
          2. Editing the Exploded View
          3. Editing the Explode Line Sketch
        9. Exercise 59: Using Collision Detection
        10. Exercise 60: Finding and Repairing Interferences
        11. Exercise 61: Checking for Interferences,
        12. Collisions and Clearances
        13. Exercise 62: Exploded Views and Assembly Drawings
        14. Exercise 63: Exploded Views

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