Course info
Dec 22, 2014
2h 38m

Throughout this SolidWorks tutorial, we'll cover a variety of topics, including an introduction to the design library and a more thorough look at the swept boss/base feature. As a profile is extended along a defined path, the swept boss/base feature can be fairly simple. With the various options available and the manipulation of the profile along that path by guide curves some exotic geometry can be created that may be difficult and time consuming to produce using more common modeling tools in SolidWorks. With these options though, the feature can become potentially complicated, prone to errors and difficult to understand how it works. By the end of this SolidWorks training, you'll know that once this feature is understood and properly managed, the variety of forms that it can produce is unrivaled by another feature available. Software required: SolidWorks 2012 and higher.

About the author
About the author

Chris Scarlett is a teacher and designer with 14 years of experience in Computer Aided Design program at various schools, a regional engineering firm, and for many of his own clients.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Introduction and Project Overview
Hi everyone! My name is Chris Scarlett. I'm a certified SolidWorks professional with 14 years of experience teaching college students and utilizing various CAD programs including autoCAD, Revit architecture, and SolidWorks. I also provide design and prototyping services and training using SolidWorks for clients in our area. Plus, I enjoy working on my own design projects. I expect that you will find my tutorials to be as effective, instructive, and packed full of information as my online lectures are. Now what you will learn from this tutorial in the creation of a prairie windmill wheel frame is not only the virtual construction of it but the introduction to the design library and a more thorough examination of the Swept Boss/Base feature and its various options. This Swept Boss/Base feature allows for the extrusion of a profile along a sketch path. And with its various options, it can create some exotic geometry that may be difficult and time consuming to produce using some of the more common modeling tools available in SolidWorks. It could also be complicated prone to errors and difficult to understand. We will demonstrate how it works, how to manage it, and, of course, I will be sharing with you some tips and tricks along the way. By going beyond the basics when using various SolidWorks features, you will gain the knowledge on how, when, and where to apply these features and/or options to your own projects. I am excited to work with Digital-Tutors and share these techniques with you. So, let's get started with the first lesson.