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Lesson 1:Basic Functionality

SolidWorks 2001 Teacher Guide

What is SolidWorks?SolidWorks is design automation software. In SolidWorks, you sketch ideas and experiment with different designs to create 3D models.

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SolidWorks is used by students, designers, engineers and other professionals to produce simple and complex parts, assemblies and drawings.Lesson 1: Basic Functionality

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The SolidWorks ModelThe SolidWorks model is made up of:PartsREPRODUCIBLESolidWorks 2001 Teacher Guide

Assemblies Drawings

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Part

Part

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Drawing

Drawing

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FeaturesFeatures are the building blocks of the part. Features are the shapes and operations that construct the part.

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Examples of Shape FeaturesBase featureFirst feature in part. Created from a 2D sketch. Forms the work piece to which other features are added.

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Examples of Shape FeaturesBoss featureAdds material to part. Created from 2D sketch. Must be attached to the rest of the part.REPRODUCIBLESolidWorks 2001 Teacher Guide

Boss features

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Examples of Shape FeaturesCut featureRemoves material from part. Created from a 2D sketch. Must be attached to the rest of the part.Cut featuresLesson 1: Basic Functionality

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Examples of Shape FeaturesHole featureRemoves material from part. Works like a more intelligent cut feature.REPRODUCIBLESolidWorks 2001 Teacher Guide

Hole features

Usually corresponds to manufacturing process such as counter-sink, thread, counter-bore.

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Examples of Operation FeaturesFillet featureUsed to round off sharp edges. Can remove or add material.Outside edge (convex fillet) removes material.Fillet featuresLesson 1: Basic Functionality

Fillet features

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Inside edge (concave fillet) adds material.

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Examples of Operation FeaturesChamfer featureSimilar to a fillet. Bevels an edge rather than rounding it. Can remove or add material.REPRODUCIBLESolidWorks 2001 Teacher Guide

Chamfer feature

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Sketched FeaturesShape features have sketches. Sketched features are built from 2D profiles.

Operation FeaturesOperation features do not have sketches. Applied directly to the work piece by selecting edges or faces.Lesson 1: Basic Functionality

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To Create an Extruded Base Feature:1. Select a sketch plane. 2. Sketch a 2D profile. 3. Extrude the sketch perpendicular to sketch plane.REPRODUCIBLESolidWorks 2001 Teacher Guide

Sketch the 2D profile

Extrude the sketch

Resulting base feature

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To Create a Revolved Base Feature:1. Select a sketch plane. 2. Sketch a 2D profile. 3. Sketch a centerline. 4. Revolve the sketch around the centerline.Lesson 1: Basic Functionality

Centerline

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Terminology: Document WindowDivided into two panels:Left panel contains the FeatureManager design tree.Lists the structure of the part, assembly or drawing.SolidWorks 2001 Teacher Guide

FeatureManager design tree

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Graphics Area

Right panel contains the Graphics Area.Location to display, create, and modify a part, assembly or drawing.

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Terminology: User InterfaceMenu Bar

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Toolbars

Drawing document window

Part document window Status bar

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Terminology: PropertyManagerPropertyManager Confirmation Corner

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Preview

Handle

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Terminology: Basic GeometryAxis - An implied centerline that runs through every cylindrical feature. Plane - A flat 2D surface.Axis

Plane

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Origin

Origin - The point where the three default reference planes intersect. The coordinates of the origin are: (x = 0, y = 0, z = 0).

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Terminology: Basic GeometryFace The surface or skin of a part. Faces can be flat or curved. Edge The boundary of a face. Edges can be straight or curved. VertexVertex Edge

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Edge Faces

The corner where edges meet.

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Features and CommandsBase featureThe Base feature is the first feature that is created. The Base feature is the foundation of the part. The Base feature geometry for the box is an extrusion. The extrusion is named Base-Extrude.Lesson 1: Basic Functionality

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Features and CommandsFeatures used to build the box are:REPRODUCIBLESolidWorks 2001 Teacher Guide

Extruded Base feature Fillet feature Shell feature Extruded Cut feature1. Base Feature 2. Fillet Feature

3. Shell Feature

4. Cut Feature

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Features and CommandsTo create the extruded base feature for the box:Sketch a rectangular profile on a 2D plane. Extrude the sketch. Extrusions are always perpendicular to the sketch plane.

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Features and CommandsFillet featureThe fillet feature rounds the edges or faces of a part. Select the edges to be rounded. Selecting a face rounds all the edges of that face. Specify the fillet radius.REPRODUCIBLESolidWorks 2001 Teacher Guide

Fillet

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Features and CommandsShell featureThe shell feature removes material from the selected face. Using the shell feature creates a hollow box from a solid box. Specify the wall thickness for the shell feature.

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Features and CommandsTo create the extruded cut feature for the box:1. Sketch the 2D circular profile. 2. Extrude the 2D Sketch profile perpendicular to the sketch plane. 3. Enter Through All for the end condition. 4. The cut penetrates through the entire part.REPRODUCIBLESolidWorks 2001 Teacher Guide

SolidWorks 2001 Teacher Guide

Dimensions and Geometric RelationshipsSpecify dimensions and geometric relationships between features and sketches.

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Dimensions change the size and shape of the part. Mathematical relationships between dimensions can be controlled by equations. Geometric relationships are the rules that control the behavior of sketch geometry. Geometric relationships help capture design intent.Lesson 1: Basic Functionality

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DimensionsBase-Extrude depth = 50 mm Boss-Extrude depth = 25 mmREPRODUCIBLESolidWorks 2001 Teacher Guide

Mathematical relationship:Boss-Extrude depth = Base-Extrude depth 2

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Geometric RelationshipsVertical Horizontal

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Parallel Intersection

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Tangent Perpendicular

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To Start SolidWorks:1. Click the Start button 2. Click Programs. 3. Click the SolidWorks 2001 folder. 4. Click the SolidWorks 2001 application.REPRODUCIBLESolidWorks 2001 Teacher Guide

on Windows task bar.

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The SolidWorks Window

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To Create a New File Using a Document Template:1. Click New 2. Select a document template:Part Assembly DrawingSolidWorks 2001 Teacher Guide

on the Standard toolbar

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Tutorial Tab

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Document TemplatesDocument Templates control the units, grid, text, and other settings for the model. The Tutorial document templates are required to complete the exercises in the SolidWorks 2001 Getting Started book. The templates are located in the Tutorial tab on the New SolidWorks Document dialog box.Lesson 1: Basic Functionality

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Document properties are saved in templates.

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Document PropertiesAccessed through the Tools, Options menu. Document properties control many settings, including: Units: English (inches) or Metric (millimeters) Grid/Snap Settings Colors, Material Properties and Image QualityREPRODUCIBLESolidWorks 2001 Teacher Guide

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System OptionsAccessed through the Tools, Options menu. Allow you to customize your work environment. System options control: File locations Performance Spin box incrementsLesson 1: Basic Functionality

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Multiple Views of a DocumentDrag the horizontal and vertical split controls to view 4 panes. Set the view and display opti

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