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The Ultimate Guide to SOLIDWORKS Training - Drawings

Kevin Breindel on October 5, 2017 at 11:00 AM

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So you've finished (or tested out of) the SOLIDWORKS Essentials course. Congrats! You are now ready to start diving deeper into the SOLIDWORKS interface and learn the nuances that make it such an amazing tool for manufacturers around the world. 

Welcome to part 2 of our Ultimate Guide to SOLIDWORKS Training series. This time around we are walking you through the entirety of the SOLIDWORKS Drawings course, answering any questions that may arise so you know exactly what to expect that first day in the classroom. 

SOLIDWORKS Training - Drawings

The goal of this course is to teach you how to create engineering drawings of parts and assemblies using SOLIDWORKS mechanical design automation software.

The SOLIDWORKS software, and the Drawings realm in particular, is such a robust and feature rich application that it is impractical to cover every minute detail and aspect of the software and still have the course be a reasonable length.

Therefore, the focus of this course is on the fundamental skills and concepts central to successfully making engineering drawings. Once you have developed a good foundation in basic skills, you can refer to the on-line help for information on less frequently used command options.

COURSE BREAKDOWN

Prerequisites

Students attending this course are expected to have:

  • Mechanical design experience.
  • Completed the course SOLIDWORKS Essentials.
  • Experience with the Windows operating system 

Course Design Philosophy

This course is designed around a process or task-based approach to training. A process-based training course emphasizes the processes and procedures you follow to complete a particular task. By utilizing case studies to illustrate these processes, you learn the necessary commands, options and menus in the context of completing a task. 

Laboratory Exercises

Laboratory exercises give you the opportunity to apply and practice the material covered during the lecture/demonstration portion of the course. They are designed to represent typical design and modeling situations while being modest enough to be completed during class time.

You should note that many students work at different paces. Therefore, we have included more lab exercises than you reasonably expect to complete during the course. This ensures that even the fastest student will not run out of work. 

So What Will You Learn?

Lesson 1: Drawing Sheets and Views
Lesson 2: Dimensions
Lesson 3: Annotations
Lesson 4: Assembly Drawing Views
Lesson 5: Sheet Formats and Templates
Lesson 6: Bill of Materials and Tables
Lesson 7: Performance and Display Issues
Lesson 8: Drawing References & Comparison

Lesson Breakdown 

Lesson 1: Drawing Sheets and Views

 The Ultimate Guide to SOLIDWORKS Training - Drawings

This lesson will teach you how to: 

  • Set up part and assembly views for later use in drawings.
  • Create a drawing file and drawing sheet with sheet format. 
  • Add many types of drawing views of parts.
  • Change the view display mode of a drawing view.
  • Set the tangent edge display.
  • Add center marks to circular edges.
  • Add centerlines through cylindrical faces.
  • Hide and show selected model edges.

Lesson 2: Dimensions

The Ultimate Guide to SOLIDWORKS Training - Drawings

This lesson will teach you how to:

  • Insert and manipulate driving dimensions.
  • Create driven dimensions.
  • Edit the properties of a dimension.

Lesson 3: Annotations

The Ultimate Guide to SOLIDWORKS Training - Drawings

This lesson will teach you how to:

  • Create annotations and symbols.
  • Align annotations to each other.
  • Create additional drawing sheets.
  • Create blocks from geometry and notes.
  • Save a block to a file.
  • Insert a block into a drawing. 


Lesson 4: Assembly Drawing Views

The Ultimate Guide to SOLIDWORKS Training - Drawings

This lesson will teach you how to:

  • Add many types of assembly drawing views.
  • Create exploded drawing views.
  • Hide components in the drawing view.
  • Select components using advanced show and hide.


Lesson 5: Sheet Formats and Templates

The Ultimate Guide to SOLIDWORKS Training - Drawings

This lesson will teach you how to:

  • Insert and resize OLD objects.
  • Create notes linked to standard and custom properties.
  • Set custom properties.
  • Save a sheet format file.
  • Assign a sheet format file to a drawing file.
  • Set document properties.
  • Create pre-defined views.
  • Save a drawing template.
  • Import a DWG/DXF file into SOLIDWORKS.


Lesson 6: Bill of Materials and Tables

The Ultimate Guide to SOLIDWORKS Training - Drawings

This lesson will teach you how to:

  • Create a customized bill of materials (BOM) template.
  • Modify a bill of materials.
  • Control the ordering of components in a bill of materials.
  • Insert a design table. 


Lesson 7: Performance and Display Issues

The Ultimate Guide to SOLIDWORKS Training - Drawings

This lesson will teach you how to:

  • Use large assembly mode.
  • Open a drawing in Lightweight mode.
  • Create a Detached drawing.
  • Find and resolve display issues. 


Lesson 8: Drawing References & Comparison

The Ultimate Guide to SOLIDWORKS Training - Drawings

This lesson will teach you how to: 

  • Copy and reuse a drawing file.
  • Change the reference of a drawing and the drawing views.
  • Compare two similar drawings to view the differences.
  • Check parts, drawings, or assemblies with the Design Checker. 

 

Conclusion

So there you have it. If you are interested in reserving a seat for the next SOLIDWORKS Drawings Course offered at Alignex, check out our training calendar for dates and locations. For any questions, feel free to reach out to our Training Coordinator directly by phone at (952) 288-2627 or by email at training@alignex.com 

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