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.
*This course is eligible to be part of the DASI Solutions Apprenticeship Program, certified by the U.S Department of Labor.

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Prerequisites: Mechanical design experience; experience with the Windows™ operating system.
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  • 01SOLIDWORKS Basics and the User Interface 
    What is the SOLIDWORKS Software
    Design Intent 
    File References 
    Opening Files
    The SOLIDWORKS User Interface 
    Using the Command Manager 
  • 02Introduction to Sketching 
    2D Sketching 
    Stages in the Process 
    Saving Files 
    What are We Going to Sketch? 
    Sketch Entities 
    Basic Sketching
    Rules that Govern Sketches
    Design Intent 
    Sketch Relations 
    Sketching Guidelines 
  • 03Basic Part 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 
  • 04Symmetry and Draft
    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 
    Using Copy and Paste 
  • 05Patterning
    Why Use Patterns?
    Linear Pattern
    Circular Patterns
    Reference Geometry 
    Mirror Patterns 
    Using Pattern Seed Only 
    Up To Reference
    Sketch Driven Patterns
  • 06Revolved Features
    Design Intent
    Revolved Features 
    Building the Rim 
    Building the Spoke 
    Edit Material
    Mass Properties 
    File Properties 
    SOLIDWORKS SimulationXpress
    Using SOLIDWORKS SimulationXpress
    The SimulationXpress Interface 
  • 07Shelling and Ribs 
    Analyzing and Adding Draft 
    Other Options for Draft 
    Full Round Fillets 
    Thin Features 
  • 08Editing: Repairs 
    Part Editing 
    Editing Topics 
    Sketch Issues 
  • 09Editing: Design Changes 
    Part Editing 
    Design Changes 
    Information From a Model 
    Rebuilding Tools
    Replace Sketch Entity
    Sketch Contours 
    Replace Sketch Entity 
  • 10Configurations
    Using Configurations
    Other Methods to Create Configurations
    Modeling Strategies for Configurations
    Editing Parts that Have Configurations
    Design Library

  • 11Global Variables and Equations
    Using Global Variables and Equations
    Renaming Features and Dimensions
    Design Rules Using Global Variables and Equations
    Global Variables
    Using Operators and Functions
  • 12Using Drawings
    Section Views
    Model Views
    Broken Views
    Detail Views
    Drawing Sheets and Sheet Formats 
  • 13Bottom-Up Assembly Modeling
    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 

  • 14Using Assemblies
    Analyzing the Assembly
    Checking for Clearances
    Changing the Values of Dimensions
    Exploded Assemblies 
    Explode Line Sketch
    Bill of Materials 
    Assembly Drawings 
  • AAppendix A: Templates 
    Options Settings 
    Document Template