SOLIDWORKS 2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 is a solid modeling computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided engineering (CAE) computer program that runs on Microsoft Windows. According to the publisher, over two million engineers and designers at more than 165,000 companies were using SOLIDWORKS as of 2013

SOLIDWORKS 2018 delivers powerful design functionality with an intuitive user interface to speed your design process and make you instantly productive—enabling you to deliver innovative products to market faster. In this course,  you will learn the essential tools and techniques necessary to create parts, assemblies, and drawings efficiently in SOLIDWORKS.

First, see how to how to use the sketch tools to create two-dimensional sketches that become the foundation for 3D objects. Next, look at extruding and revolving 3D features; creating complex objects using the Sweep, Loft, and Surface tools; and modifying parts. Learn how to create uniform holes with the Hole Wizard, and explore more advanced modeling techniques using equations, mirroring, and pattern tools. Then review best practices for putting parts together in assemblies and building robust structures. The course wraps up tips for creating detailed drawings that relate the final parts and assemblies to a manufacturer, complete with an itemized bill of materials and drawing notes.

Topics include:

  • Working with templates
  • Creating sketches
  • Extruding and revolving features
  • Applying materials
  • Sketching lines, shapes, and polygons
  • Trimming, extending, and transforming geometry
  • Adding fillets and chamfers
  • Working with planes and coordinates
  • Creating patterns
  • Modeling advanced parts
  • Making holes
  • Designing with blocks
  • Building assemblies
  • Mating parts
  • Linking sketches
  • Using design tables
  • Creating part and assembly drawings
  • Creating dimensions
  • Adding annotations