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
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.