Throughout these lessons, we'll learn the various options available when modeling in SolidWorks while applying sketch entities, features, and assemblies. With the new annual versions of SolidWorks, options are frequently added as enhancements to the program while existing options are sometimes just plain overlooked. In these lessons, we'll slow down and look again at some of these options and learn what they do, how they work and when to apply them. Software required: SolidWorks 2012 and higher.
Introduction and Project Overview Hi everyone, my name is Chris Scarlett. I'm a certified SolidWorks Professional with 14 years of experience teaching to college students and utilizing various CAD programs, including AutoCAD, Revit Architecture and SolidWorks. I also provide design and prototyping services and training using SolidWorks for various clients in the area, plus enjoy working on my own design projects. Now I expect that you will find my tutorials to be as effective, instructive and packed full of information as my online lectures are. Now what you will learn from this tutorial is a reexamination of the application and the various options associated with some of our commonly used modeling methods in SolidWorks, associated with sketching, creation of features and mates and assemblies. These options are frequently added to SolidWorks over the years of enhancements, and some of them are just plain overlooked. By going beyond the basics, you will gain the knowledge on how, when and where to apply these options to your own projects. Along the way, I will also share with you some of my favorite tips and tricks that help make modeling in SolidWorks easier to understand and use. I'm excited to work with digital tutors and share this tutorial on modeling from the beginning, rethinking some of our options associated with sketching, features and assemblies. So let's get started with the first lesson.