SolidWorks training
Introduction to SolidWorks training

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Key details

Key details

Comprehensive SolidWorks training for newcomers, teaching key techniques for creating parametric parts and assemblies.

SolidWorks 3D design software helps teams around the world bring their ideas to life. It is easy to learn and use, letting you concentrate on your designs, not your CAD software.

Our Introduction to SolidWorks course provides a thorough grounding in SolidWorks. The topics covered include:

  • SolidWorks basics
  • Introduction to sketching
  • Basic part modelling
  • Patterning
  • Shelling and ribs
  • Editing: Design changes
  • Configuration
  • Using drawings
  • Assembly modelling
  • Templates

Throughout the course you’ll learn tips for increasing your productivity with the tool.

SolidWorks training is available on-request only, i.e. one-to-one training or a ‘closed’ course for your group. We don’t currently offer scheduled (public) SolidWorks courses. This approach means that we can tailor your training to take into account any existing knowledge you have, and the work you’re going to be doing in SolidWorks.

We can host the training at one of our centres, or your venue anywhere in the UK.

If you’re about to start working in an environment where SolidWorks is already configured appropriately and templates are in place, we offer a condensed two-day course that omits the configuration and template sessions included in this course. See Introduction to SolidWorks – Essentials only for details. 

Expert SolidWorks trainers

SolidWorks training is hosted by highly-experienced instructors from an engineering background. For further details, see Expert trainers.

How will I learn?

SolidWorks training is hands-on and practical.

Our trainers teach the necessary theory then demonstrate techniques step-by-step. You then practice the techniques taught on a computer running SolidWorks.

There is plenty of time to ask questions, and you can take away all the files you create.

SolidWorks training guide and certificate

Course delegates receive:

  • A comprehensive training guide for SolidWorks, to refer to throughout the course and to use as a refresher afterwards.
  • An e-certificate confirming successful SolidWorks course completion. Click here to see an example of the certificate you receive.

After course support

Following SolidWorks training, delegates are entitled to 30 days’ email support from their SolidWorks trainer to help with any post-course issues. For further details, see Support.

Prerequisites

Delegates should have a good working knowledge of Windows. No prior CAD knowledge is necessary. Some past mechanical design experience is useful but not essential.

SolidWorks version

Training can be based on any recent version of SolidWorks to suit you.

General information

General information

Course times

Standard course times are 9.30am–4.30pm.

As we’d be hosting this course for you/your group, there’s usually flexibility to change these to suit you, e.g. start or end 30 minutes earlier or later.

Payment

Payment for SolidWorks training can be made bank transfer or card. View training course payment options.

We accept purchase orders from UK-registered companies.

Accommodation

See Accommodation local to our training centres.

Cancellations and postponements

If an on-request Introduction to SolidWorks course booking is cancelled giving less than 20 working days’ notice, a cancellation fee is payable. View cancellation terms.

If an on-request Introduction to SolidWorks course booking is postponed giving less than 20 working days’ notice, a postponement fee is payable. View postponement terms.

Terms and conditions

Training course bookings are subject to our terms and conditions.

 

Expert trainers

Expert trainers

SolidWorks courses are hosted by Carl Portman and Andy Roe.

Carl Portman

Autodesk Inventor trainer Carl Portman

Carl Portman has been a CAD instructor for 25 years, and a CAD consultant for 35 years. He lectures in 3D modelling at a local college (City and Guilds).

Carl’s background is in engineering. He has vast design experience in a wide range of industries, including automotive, aerospace and medical. Projects that Carl has completed include designing complete car plants for Jaguar Land Rover.

Carl has expert knowledge of a range of 3D design applications. As well as SolidWorks, he is an expert user of Autodesk Alias, Inventor and Fusion 360.

Until recently, Carl raced motorbikes. He knows Silverstone and Brands Hatch like the back of his hand, and he has the scars to prove it.

Andy Roe

Autodesk Inventor trainer Andy Roe

Andy Roe has worked in CAD for over 30 years in roles including Draughtsman, CAD System Manager, Project Manager and Design Engineer.

In recent years, Andy has focused on developing and delivering training courses. As well as SolidWorks, he hosts courses in Autodesk CAD applications including AutoCAD, Inventor, Fusion 360, 3ds Max and Sketchbook.

Andy continues to undertake project work to keep up-to-date with the latest technologies and practices. He specialises in modelling complex 3D designs from prototype to production, including the development of visuals and animations for a range of engineering projects.

Industries in which Andy has significant experience include aerospace, defence and automotive.

Course content

Course content

SolidWorks basics

  • What is SolidWorks?
  • File references
  • Opening files
  • The SolidWorks user interface
  • Using the Command Manager

Introduction to sketching

  • 2D sketching
  • Stages in the process
  • What are we going to sketch?
  • Sketching and sketch entities
  • Basic sketching
  • Rules that govern sketches
  • Design intent
  • Sketch relations
  • Dimensions
  • Extrude
  • Sketching guidelines

Basic part modelling

  • Design intent
  • Basic modelling
  • Terminology
  • Choosing the best profile
  • Choosing the sketch plane
  • Details of the part
  • Extrude feature
  • Revolved feature
  • Sketching on a planar face
  • Cut feature
  • Using the hole wizard
  • View options
  • Filleting
  • Editing tools
  • Detailing basics
  • Drawing views
  • Centre marks
  • Dimensioning
  • Changing parameters
  • Edit material
  • Mass properties
  • File properties

Patterning

  • Why use patterns?
  • Reference geometry
  • Linear, circular and mirror patterns
  • Using pattern seed only
  • Sketch driven patterns

Shelling and ribs

  • Shelling
  • Planes
  • Ribs
  • Full round fillets
  • Thin features

Editing: Design changes

  • Part editing
  • Design changes
  • Information from a model
  • Rebuilding tools
  • Sketch contours

Configuration

  • Creating configurations
  • Using configure dimension/feature
  • Using global variables, equations
  • Global variables
  • Equations
  • Modelling strategies for configurations
  • Editing parts that have configurations
  • Design library

Using drawings

  • More about making drawings
  • Section, model, broken and detail views
  • Drawing sheets and sheet formats
  • Projected views
  • Annotations

Assembly modelling

  • Creating a new assembly
  • Position of the first component
  • FeatureManager design tree and symbols
  • Adding components
  • Using part configurations in assemblies
  • Subassemblies
  • Smart mates
  • Inserting subassemblies
  • Pack and go
  • Analysing the assembly
  • Checking for clearances
  • Changing the values of dimensions
  • Bill of materials
  • Assembly drawings

Templates

  • Options settings
  • Document templates

 

Please note: Course topics may be modified by the instructor based upon the knowledge and skill level of the course participants.

Testimonials
“The course went extremely well. Thank you! Personally (as a novice) I found it very informative. Having never previously 'seen' Solidworks, the trainer did an fantastic job and soon had me 'up and running' creating drawings. My colleagues found the course to be really helpful. working through the tutorials was much easier with the tuition. Please pass on all our thanks, we've benefited immensely from the three days.”

Clive H

“The training given went beyond the course remit with the trainer tying the use of the SolidWorks software to parametric modelling principles for which the software is used for. Doing this not only made everything within the software more clear, by understanding why you are using the software, but also armed the trainee with a much more in-depth knowledge.”

Troy M

“Completed SolidWorks training with Carl in early August. A genuinely fantastic 3 days of training that has fully prepared me for progression further into 3D design. I would recommend this course, especially with Carl. Fantastic.”

Dan C

“Very good training using very adequate contents and supporting material. I've learn a lot in a 3 day course even if it was my first time ever using Solid Works. Carl was very clear while explaining and teaching how to design components. Definitely recommend! Thank you!”

Ana F