Course info
Aug 30, 2016
1h 41m

Learn how to make unique parts inside an assembly in SOLIDWORKS to bridge between multiple parts, or to make things that fit unique openings such as inspection openings in aircraft or machines. This course, SOLIDWORKS Advanced - Top-Down Design, will teach you techniques to make those "bridge" parts (called cover plates) easily. First, you'll learn to associate an existing part to another part in an assembly to make a perfect fit. Next, you'll learn how to modify an existing part and making it virtual so it can be changed radically, without altering the original part or its drawing. Finally, you'll learn how to insert a new part to make a virtual part or external part that does the job, and some great tips to prevent losing associations with changes. Software Required: SOLIDWORKS 2016.

About the author
About the author

Guy is a Senior Applications Engineer for GoEngineer in the Woodland Hills, CA office. 20 years experience with SOLIDWORKS. Sales, Technical, and Training.


Hi everyone, my name is Guy DeLozier and welcome to my course SolidWorks Advanced – Top Down Design.

I am a Senior Applications Engineerat GoEngineer with 20 years of SolidWorks experience.

Top Down Design is incredibly powerful and easy, once you know the easy ways to really use this tool. Used improperly it can come back to bite you with very large teeth. We show how to avoid those pitfalls.

In this course, we are going to Step thru the process of Top Down Design, start to finish. Showing you how to get your job done using very powerful tools.We will look at a couple different methods of accomplishing what you need, and apply this knowledge to a couple fun assemblies at the end.

Some of the major topics that we will cover include:

  1. An overview of what Assembly Modeling is, depending upon how you approach it.
  2. How to get started with your design. Virtual parts overview versus Real parts.
  3. Using Virtual Parts in place of real parts and why.
  4. Using a Master Model approach to Top Down Design.
  5. Getting into Why We Really Want and Need Top Down Design. A couple of fun projects.
By the end of this course, you’ll know What Top Down really means, how to approach it from different directions, and how to execute a design.You will know the strengths and the pitfalls of Top Down Design, and even better, how to avoid the pitfalls.

Before beginning the course you should be familiar with SolidWorks Basics, using Assemblies, and multi-body part modeling would be good but not mandatory.

I hope you’ll join me on this journey to learn Top Down Design Strengths and Pitfalls with my SolidWorks Advanced – Top Down Design course, at Pluralsight.