An introduction to the many types view manipulation for parts, assemblies, and drawings. Explore the different types of views. Understand how to manipulate views using menus, the keyboard, mouse, and reference triad.
An introduction to the basics of SOLIDWORKS and the user interface. Explore the definition of SOLIDWORKS. Understand how Design Intent is used. Explore the SOLIDWORKS user interface. Access the SOLIDWORKS Options.
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Install and use the testing software that you use to take any of the SOLIDWORKS certification exams. Download the Tester Pro Client software. Explore the user interface and critical aspects of the test taking experience.
Use certification exams to measure your knowledge and competency with SOLIDWORKS software. Identify the three major levels of certification and the specialist exams. Navigate the certification page of the SOLIDWORKS web page. Learn how to create an account and purchase an exam.
Model parts in the context of an assembly, using references to other components to complete the design. The design intent for new parts (sizes of features, placement of components in the assembly, etc.) comes from other components in the assembly. Build a virtual part in the context of an assembly by employing Top-Down assembly modeling techniques. Create features in the assembly context by referencing geometry in mating parts. Understand InPlace mates and external references. Identify external references in the FeatureManager design tree.
Understand various software options for creating designs for use with 3D printers. Learn about the different tools that SOLIDWORKS offers to make 3D printing easy. Learn about Augmented Intelligence tools that can help design complicated parts. Learn about products like 3DXpert to assist in printing assemblies. Learn about new 3D printing technology.
Understand some steps you can take to ensure a successful 3D printing job. Learn ways to send a file to a 3D printer. Learn what to watch for when a print begins to make sure the part prints correctly. Learn different ways to monitor the machine while it is printing.
Understand how export settings impact the quality of the 3D printed model. Learn about the different file types supported by todays 3D printers. Learn how to change file settings in SOLIDWORKS for better print results.
Learn how to prepare a model before 3D printing. Understand how to orient the part for the best printing results. Understand the implication of infill, wall thickness, shrinkage, and more on part strength and material usage.
Understand the materials used in 3D printing processes. Learn about the advantages of Polylactic Acid (PLA) and Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) materials that are used in FDM printers. Learn about the differences in the resins used SLA printers.
Understand the differences between various 3D printing processes. Learn about the common 3D printing processes: Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) and Stereolithography (SLA). Learn about more advanced processes: Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) and Selective Laser Melting (SLM) Understand why some 3D printers are “open” or “closed” and why some machines are larger than others.
Understand the basics of additive manufacturing. Understand the differences between subtractive and additive manufacturing processes. Learn about the costs and capabilities of various 3D printing processes.
Understand the difference between starting a sketch on a plane or planar face. Create the first 2D sketch profile on a reference plane. Create additional 2D sketch profiles on planar model faces of the part.
Extend sketch profiles to create extruded bosses to add material and extruded cuts to remove material. Use sketch relations and dimensions to define sketch profiles. Understand some of the options for extruded features. Add material with an extruded boss and remove material with an extruded cut.
Create reference planes in any orientation using existing reference and solid geometry. You use reference planes for sketching or as a reference for other features. Create reference planes in a variety of orientations from different reference selections. Create reference planes from one or more geometric references.
Use the sketch tools Convert Entities and Offset Entities to reference sketch entities and model geometry to create new sketch entities. If the original geometry changes, then the converted and offset entities also change. Create converted entities into a new sketch. Create offset entities. Create a slot using offset entities.
Use the ConfigurationManager to add configurations and modify the part by controlling the suppression state of features and by configuring dimensions. Use the ConfigurationManager to add configurations to a part. Suppress features to represent a different version of the model. Configure dimensions to create different size versions of the part.
Insert driving dimensions into a sketch using the versatile Smart Dimension tool. With a single tool, you can create radial dimensions for arc, linear dimensions between two points, and more. The dimension that appears depends on the entities you select. Insert linear, angular, radial, and other dimensions. Modify dimensions. Move and reattach dimensions.