Solidworks: An introduction to the 3D editor


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.

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