Course info
Oct 2, 2015
2h 16m

This course is an introduction to SOLIDWORKS. If you haven’t even started it up yet, this is the course for you. In this course, we will use a piece of engineering history, a small steam engine, to go over an introduction to creating your first 3D model. We’ll start by opening SOLIDWORKS for the first time and the dialog boxes you’ll be faced with. We will explore the SOLIDWORKS interface and explain the regions and toolbars you’ll need to know to begin creating 3D parts and assemblies. We’ll take you step-by-step through the process of taking your design from an idea to 3D models. Then we’ll document those designs by creating production ready manufacturing drawings.

About the author
About the author

Matt Morgan has had the pleasure of using SolidWorks since the year 2000. During that time he has worked assisting customers at GoEngineer through tech support, training courses, onsite implementations, and mentorship, helping them to become successful in 3D design and engineering.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Hello, and welcome to this Introduction to SOLIDWORKS course. My name is Matt Morgan. Prior to Pluralsight, I worked at a SOLIDWORKS reseller and there became a certified instructor and certified SOLIDWORKS expert. In this course, I'll show you how to get up and running in SOLIDWORKS. I'm going to use this model of a small steam engine to show you how to get around the SOLIDWORKS interface and create your first part and drawing. Then we'll move into building an assembly. This steam engine is about 8. 5 inches or 225 mm tall. This is the inlet for the pressurized air or steam, and this is the exhaust. You can see this little piece of engineering history has a great variety of parts for us to work on to help you become familiar with the easy-to-learn, yet powerful SOLIDWORKS software. We'll begin this course by going over some terminology and names of the different regions within the SOLIDWORKS interface and show you the various tools you'll need to get started. I'll go over how to take this basic part from a 2D sketch to a 3D design and ultimately to a production-ready drawing. After that, we'll bring it into an assembly and position it into our assembly with mates. Let's go ahead and get started.