SOLIDWORKS BASICS #001 – INTERFACE

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.

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New Document Screen

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

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Standard Interface

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.

Cheers,

Stuart

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