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Solidworks: An introduction to the 3D editor

Engineering
Free Course

Start using Solidworks for your 3D engineering drawings with the help of this introductory video based course.

  • Duration

    3-4 Hours
  • Assessment

    Yes
  • Certification

    Yes
  • Responsive

    Yes
  • Publisher

    Joseph Larsen
Description Outcome Certification View course modules

Solidworks is a Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and a Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) application used to create Solid models. 2D drawings can be sketched using geometry and 3D models can be created for any part or assembly, regardless of size and complexity. There are also downloadable 3D printing models, designs, and CAD files.

This introductory course will take you through the process of creating a 'part' starting with an overview of the application and navigation before demonstrating the sketch function, defining and constraining entities, creating 3-point arcs and circles as well as lines. You will then learn how to Extrude or create the 3D model, how to modify it and how to use shortcuts like mirroring or patterns.

Having covered the basics you will then look at the Revolve function - an extrude for curved surfaces, and the Sweep function - an extrude for a non-linear path that you sketch. You are then shown how to further refine the model with chanfers on edges or applying further linear or circular patterns to the model.

This course will be of great interest to all learners who need to use CAD or CAE as part of their studies or work, be it as part of the design team at the front end or with the manufacturing team who work with the models. Having studied this course you will be more confident in starting to use the Solidworks application or just in understanding 2D and 3D drawings and models.

Having completed this course you will be able to:


  • List the steps needed to start sketching
  • Define what a plain is in SolidWorks
  • Identify the nine tools used in sketching
  • List the relations that can be created between lines
  • Discuss why it is important to have a fully defined sketch
  • Describe how to use the mirror function
  • Explain what the extrude tool does
  • Describe what the plane view does
  • Describe what revolve is used for
  • Describe what the sweep Boss outputs
  • Outline the steps needed to create a linear or circular pattern

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