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Getting Started

Chapter Description

In this sample chapter from Engineering Design and Graphics with SolidWorks 2019, author James Bethune gets you started on SolidWorks. This chapter will show you how to start a New drawing and introduce the Line, Circle, and Edit tools. The Smart Dimension tool will be used to define and edit lines and circles. Line colors and relationships will also be introduced.

Chapter Objectives

  • Learn how to create a sketch

  • Learn how to create a file/part

  • Learn how to create a solid model

  • Learn how to edit angular and circular shapes

  • Learn how to draw holes

  • Learn how to use Sketch tools

  • Learn how to change units of a part

1-1 Introduction

SolidWorks is a parametric modeler. A solid modeler uses dimensions, parameters, and relationships to define and drive 3D shapes. Solid modelers make it easy to edit and modify parts as they are constructed. This capability is ideal for creating new designs.

Parametric modelers use dimensions to drive the shapes. For example, to create a line of a defined length, a line is first sketched, and then the length dimension is added. The line will assume the length of the dimension. If the dimension is changed, the length of the line will change to match the new dimension.

When using non-parametric modelers, a line is drawn and a dimension added. The dimension will define the length of the existing line but not drive it. If the length of the line is changed, the dimensions will not change. A new dimension is required to define the length of the line.

This chapter will show you how to start a New drawing and introduce the Line, Circle, and Edit tools. The Smart Dimension tool will be used to define and edit lines and circles. Line colors and relationships will also be introduced.

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