SolidWorks training
Introduction to SolidWorks training

3 days
In centre:
Not available
Live online:
£495+ VAT


Dates and booking

Live online training

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.

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

  • Sketching
  • Part modelling
  • Patterning
  • Shelling and ribs
  • Editing: Design changes
  • Configuration
  • Drawings
  • Assembly modelling
  • Templates

Throughout the course you’ll learn tips for using SolidWorks in the most productive way.

Upcoming course dates

Live online training
Birmingham / Bromsgrove
Milton Keynes
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Live online SolidWorks training

SolidWorks courses are available in our popular live online format. We’re not currently able to offer SolidWorks training at our centres.

Expert SolidWorks trainers

SolidWorks training is hosted by highly-experienced CAD experts from an engineering background. 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, with assistance from our trainer.

There is plenty of time to ask questions, and you can keep 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, you’re entitled to 30 days’ email support from your SolidWorks trainer to help with any post-course issues. For further details, see Support.


No prior SolidWorks knowledge is necessary.

SolidWorks version

Training is based primarily on SolidWorks 2021. It is relevant to users of SolidWorks 2016 and later.

Access to SolidWorks software

You’ll need to have access to a computer running SolidWorks to carry out exercises and practice the techniques taught.

Options are available to entrepreneurs, startups and larger companies for free and trial software. Please contact us for further details.

Students are eligible to reduced-price software; click here for details.

Our guarantees to you

We offer:

On-request SolidWorks training available

Introduction to SolidWorks training is also available on-request, i.e. one-to-one training or a ‘closed course’ for your group, hosted at one of our centres, your venue or online.

On-request SolidWorks training can be tailored to take into account any existing knowledge you have, and the work you’re going to be doing. Please contact us for a quote.

General information

General information

Course times



Payment for SolidWorks training can be made by:

  • Bank transfer. Please call 01527 834783 for our bank details.
  • Card. All major credit and debit cards accepted. Payment can be made securely online or over the phone. Card payments are processed by Stripe. Armada doesn’t record or store your card details.

If you’re self-funding your training, you can pay in staged payments, interest-free, over 12 months. For further details, see Staged payments.

Purchase orders

We accept purchase orders from UK-registered companies or public sector organisations.

Cancellations and transfers

You can cancel a booking on a scheduled training course, or transfer to a later course, without penalty providing you give us 10 working days’ notice. Any fees already paid will be refunded.

If you cancel a booking on a scheduled Introduction to SolidWorks course giving less than 10 working days’ notice, or request a transfer to a later course, a cancellation/transfer fee is payable. The fee charged depends on the notice period given. For details, see cancellation terms.

Different terms apply for the cancellation or postponement of an on-request course (one-to-one training or a ‘closed course’ for your group). For details, see course cancellations.

Terms and conditions

Training course bookings are subject to our terms and conditions.

Expert trainer

Expert trainer

Carl Portman

Carl Portman Autodesk Certified Instructor

Carl Portman has been an Autodesk-accredited instructor for 25 years, a College Lecturer (City and Guilds 3D modelling) for 15 years and a CAD consultant for 35 years.

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

Carl has expert knowledge of:

  • A wide range of 3D design applications used in engineering, including AutoCAD, Alias, Fusion 360, Inventor and SolidWorks.
  • Machining, CAM and CNC.

Away from work, Carl’s passion is motorsport, and until recently he raced motorbikes. He knows Silverstone and Brands Hatch like the back of his hand, and he has the scars to prove it.

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


  • 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


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


  • 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


  • 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.

“Carl delivered a fantastic course which was clear to understand and very precise dealing with everyone's experience of Solidworks fantastically. Hope to do another course with Carl in the future.”

Daniel M

“This was a very good introductory course. I feel like I now have some skills to be able to start CAD modelling and expand my knowledge as I model. Carl was a very good teacher. He was kind and patient.”

Karen H

“A fantastic trainer that makes this software easy to understand, packed with useful tips and trips. I can't believe how much i have learnt in 3 days!”

Natasha N

“Great training, very informative.”

Morgan P

“Just attended a Solidworks training course at Armada Training Bromsgrove with Carl Portman. Superb course brilliantly hosted by Carl, would highly recommend this for anyone starting out on SolidWorks.”

Ian T

“Great training course, good content with an excellent lecturer Carl.”

Dave W

“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

“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

“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

“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

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