Hello, and welcome to the first tutorial so SolidWorks. I am going to be starting from the absolute basics so I do apologise for the more advanced readers, I just really want to emphasise the importance of having a base knowledge.
I wanted to take this opportunity to give a quick tour of the SolidWorks interface for those that have never used it before. To start a new model simply click on the page icon, you will be greeted with an option to create a part, assembly or a drawing. We will get into assemblies and drawings later on, for now, we want to create a new part.
Once you have done this you will be taken to the main page of SolidWorks, I have adjusted mine slightly by including some toolbars for ease of use, but everyone’s will look mostly the same. Please let me know if you would like a tutorial on how to customise the layout of your SolidWorks. The main page looks as follows
The image above indicates some of the main aspects of the interface that you will use.
- Standard Tools – Then normal functions like save, open and new
- Features – Where all of the most used tools/features are kept. This has multiple tabs but to begin with, we will only be looking at the Features and Sketch
- Design Tree – This will show all of the features that have been used to create the model
- Workspace – Where the magic happens
- Search Bar – If you can’t find a something then a search will usually help you out.
Hopefully this has introduced you to the SolidWorks interface that you will be getting familiar with now the foreseeable future. In the next post, I will be demonstrating how to do a simple 2D sketch in preparation for some 3D modelling.