Learn the basics of SOLIDWORKS design, and build a SOLIDWORKS feature-based, parametric, solid model using sketches and features. Create a new sketch. Sketch geometry like lines and circles. Add relations and dimensions. Revolve and extrude sketches to create features. Shell to create a thin walled model. Test the design with dimensional changes.
Sketch and loft between two sketch profiles to create a sheet metal part. Understand the requirements for the sketch profiles and the loft feature. Sketch the profiles for a lofted sheet metal part. Understand the requirements for a lofted sheet metal part. Set the thickness and bend line options.
Explore gauge tables and bend tables which store default values of specifc parts. Populate and utilize sample tables provided during installation. Create and customize the sample tables to meet your own needs. Customize and create bend tables. Understand the use of gauge tables and bend tables.
Add a jog to an existing flange. A jog adds material to a sheet metal part by creating two bends and a flat from a sketch line. The mirror feature adds symmetry in sheet metal designs. Add a jog to an existing flange. Incorporate symmetry in sheet metal designs. Position a jog.
Import parts into SOLIDWORKS, then use the rip feature to create thin cuts in sheet metal geometry between adjacent flanges. Insert bends to convert the model to a sheet metal part to flatten and further edit the part. Import other file types into SOLIDWORKS. Use rip feature to create thin cuts. Add bends to part to convert part to sheet metal.
Explore the differences between solid and surface bodies and learn why surface modeling can be a solution to challenging modeling tasks. Understand the difference between a surface and solid body in SOLIDWORKS. Learn why surface modeling should be used.
Use several direct editing techniques for working with imported geometry using surfacing tools. Explore the Delete Face tool, the Delete Hole command, and the Untrim Surface tool. Use the Delete Face tool to remove an unwanted imported geometry feature. Use Delete Hole and Untrim Surface to remove an unwanted imported geometry feature. Convert a surface body into a solid body using the Thicken command.
Locate and diagnose problems in geometry imported from other CAD software. Then, use surface tools to repair the damaged geometry. Diagnose problems in a model with verification on rebuild, import diagnostics, and check entity. Heal faulty faces using the import diagnostics tool. Delete faulty faces and use various surface tools to re-create the geometry. Display curvature and check the minimum radius of curvature. Delete and replace fillets to create smoother blends. Extend, trim, and knit surfaces.
Use extruded, revolved, and swept surfaces to create geometry. Trim, extend, knit, and thicken the surfaces to finish the thin-walled model. Extrude a sketch to create a surface. Revolve a sketch about an axis to create a surface. Trim a surface using a sketch or another surface as the trim tool. Sweep an open profile along a path to create a surface. Combine multiple surfaces into a single body using knit surfaces. Thicken a surface body to create a solid body.
Use surface tools to create complex blends at the intersections of surfaces. The tools used in this module include trim surfaces, lofted surfaces, and fill surfaces. Trim surfaces using a sketch as the trim entity. Create a blend between surfaces using a lofted surface. Fill an area that is completely bounded by surfaces using the fill surface tool.
Utilize functions of the Costing Task Pane and CostingManager tab to analyze the cost of manufacturing a sheet metal part. Use the Costing Task Pane to evaluate materials costs. Learn how to customize material options for material and blank size. Use the Costing Manager to evaluate manufacturing costs. Learn how to customize cost values for manufacturing. Understand the values displayed in the Estimated Cost Per Part. Generate a cost analysis report.
Utilize functions of the Costing Task Pane and CostingManager tab to analyze the cost of manufacturing a machined part. Use the Costing Task Pane to evaluate materials costs. Learn how to customize material options for material and stock size. Use the Costing Manager to evaluate manufacturing costs. Learn how to customize cost values for manufacturing. Understand the values displayed in the Estimated Cost Per Part. Learn how to apply a markup or discount. Generate a cost analysis report.
Select features or elements of a particular type so that they may be acted upon in one operation. Operations include appearance changes, suppression changes, and more. Bulk-select by feature type. Understand the options and search criteria of the Power Select tool.
Check for sharp edges, sliver faces, discontinuous geometry and more. This affords you the opportunity to fix these issues before finalizing a design. Check a model for insignificant geometry, sliver faces, sharp edges, and discontinuous geometry. Specify search criteria.
Compare the geometry of two parts to find face and volumetric differences. It is particularly useful for comparisons to imported geometry. Find differences in the geometry of similar parts. Find differences in the volumes of similar parts.
Compare the features of two parts and classify the differences into two categories: unique features that exist in only one part and modified features that exist in both parts. Find differences between the features of similar parts. Classify the features as unique or modified.
Use this tool to find the differences between two bill of materials (BOM) tables. Differences include changes in quantity, part number, etc.. Find differences between similar BOMs. Set options of the Compare BOM tool. Interpret the output of the Compare BOM tool to identify the differences between BOMs.
Create a side core with draft from sketches on molds with trapped molding areas. Use feature freeze bar to exclude features from being rebuilt. Create side cores on molds. Exclude features from being rebuilt.
Create parting surfaces using parting lines by separating mold cavity faces from mold core faces using the parting surfaces tool. Create parting surfaces at the parting line that are perpendicular to the direction of pull. Explore the options of a parting surface.
Use the Shut-off surfaces tool to close open molding areas in a part to cut the tooling block into two pieces. Identify open molding areas in the part. Utilize the Shut-off Surfaces tool to close open molding areas. Understand when shut-off surfaces are required.
Determine if proper draft exists in a part to be molded. Without proper draft, the part may fail to successfully eject from the mold. Evaluate draft on a molded part. Examine the different classes of drafted faces.
Use the various Mold Tools to prepare a part for injection molding, including scaling, split line, parting surface, and shut-off surfaces. After preparing the part, you create the core and cavity. Identifty the parting plane. Create a parting surface. Create shut-off surfaces. Create mold body, core and cavity.