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SolidWorks Intro

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For this video I'm going to take a few minutes and show you around SolidWorks and get you started on making your first part. If you wanna get more detailed instructions on how to do this there—the associated tutorial is going to be the best source for those. This is more to introduce you to where everything is and what all of these different buttons look like that you're going to be pushing and give you an overall idea of the process that you go through to create a part in SolidWorks. So the first thing I'm going to do if I wanna create a new part is I'm going to go up to the 'New' menu, and its going to open up a new SolidWorks document, and this new SolidWorks document that I want to create this time is a part. Later on in this semester I will be worrying about assemblies and drawings but for now I'm just going to make a part. So once I've started my part I can start figuring out where things are in SolidWorks. So there is a Menu bar all the way up at the top that starts out with just icons on it. So I have the 'New' icon, the 'Open icon, the 'Save' icon, etc. If I prefer a text-based menu bar, I can hover over the little arrow. It'll extend out this display. That is 'File', 'Edit', 'View', 'Insert', etc. If I want that display to stay I hit this little push pin and that pins that menu up in that bar. This menu bar down here is where all the different tools that I'm going to to be using live. So these are the tools I'm going to be using to create my parts, edit my parts, and to dimension my parts. So everything lives kind of in these menus here, under one of these tabs. My part browser is over here on the left and once I start adding sketches and features to the part, you'll see this part browser grows and it allows me to access different parts of the solid I'm creating. Now, one thing you're going to want to be aware of when you're working in SolidWorks is the coordinate system that you're working with. So I have a series of planes that correspond to a series of axes. So I have a front plane, a top plane and a right plane. These names should be somewhat familiar based on what you've been talking about with orthographic views. And I also have access to my origin. Down here in the bottom corner I can see the axes that I'm working with. So I have an x-axis, a y-axis, and a z-axis. And right now I'm looking at my part in a trimetric view. If I wanna change how I'm looking at my part I'm gonna use the menu that is up here at the top of the workspace. And this is where I'll do my different types of zooming. I will change what direction I'm looking at my part from and what model I'm using. So if I want to look at my part in isometric, I can change the way I'm looking at it to isometric. I can change how I view the part in terms of a solid or a wire frame. And a bunch of other options, mostly for how I view the part. So now that I roughly know where things are in the SolidWorks menus, I'm going to show you how to get started with a part. So when I'm going to create a solid, the first thing that I'm going to need to do is to create some sort of sketched profile. Now there are a lot of different ways to do the same thing in SolidWorks. If I want to create a sketch I can click on this 'Sketch' button up here and then it will bring up a few of the different planes I have available. You're going to want to pay attention to what plane you put this sketch on depending on what profile you're creating so that your part looks right once you've made it. So if I want the sketch that I'm creating to be seen from the front view, then I'm gonna wanna create my sketch on the front plane. So I'm gonna go ahead and do that. And SolidWorks automatically makes it so that I'm looking at that sketch. Now I said that there are a lot of different ways to do the same thing. So lets close out this sketch. Lets discard the changes because I haven't done anything yet. Now another way we can create a sketch on the front plane is to right-click on the menu where it says 'Front Plane' and I'll receive this little mini pop-up here. And I have a few options, I can use this 'Normal to' button to look at the front plane, I can also use it if I right-click on the surfaces on my model. The 'Normal to' button looks directly at something. But what I want to do now is create a sketch on the front plane And so this accomplishes the exact same thing as what happened when I clicked on the 'Sketch' button and then clicked on the Front plane. Once I'm inside some sort of tool that I'm using I'll usually receive a couple of different menu options that appear up in the upper right-hand corner of my workspace. In this case these two are to exit my sketch, so this is the one I click on when I'm finished, or this is the one to say, you know, cancel what I've done, I'm done, don't save the work that I've been doing since I opened this tool. So I'm going to start by sketching using the 'Line' tool. I can sketch using all sorts of different geometric shapes. So I have rectangles, I have circles, I have arcs, I have ellipses. But I'm going to start using just the basic 'Line' tool. I'm not going to create the exact same product that you're going to be creating in the tutorial, but I do want to point out a few things about the tutorial. So one of the things the tutorial asks you to do is to start at the origin with your line. And to do that you're going to hover over the set of arrow here that indicate the axes. And the x- and the y-axis in this case. And I am going to hover over it until this little red dot shows up I'm going to click on the red dot, and then I'm going to draw my line where I want it. I want it to be vertical so I'm going to pay attention to the angle at which I'm drawing this line. Once I am holding the line vertical, I will see the little yellow icon show up with the vertical line in it, I will also see that my line is at 90 degrees. So I'm going to click to place that line and then I'm gonna keep going to continue my profile. Now I am going to intentionally draw my line not horizontal because we're gonna talk about that in a minute. But notice that as I'm drawing these little dotted lines come up. And the little dotted lines can indicate what is perpendicular to a previous line, like in the current case. Or they can indicate what's vertical or what is in line with a point that I've already drawn. So, I mean, I wanna use these guidelines to figure out where, exactly, I wanna draw my lines. So I'm gonna place my point there— I'm going to place this point here— Now, I'm going to finish with line properties Over here in the left-hand pane in my SolidWorks window, this is where all of the properties are for the different tools that I'm using. So here I have properties of my line, we're not going to worry about those right now. What I'm gonna do is just click 'Okay'. And then once I've clicked 'Okay' for that, we're gonna have this menu come up about 'Insert Line', and I've finished inserting lines, then I'm going to hit the check mark again saying that I'm done. Now, what you may have noticed here is that I drew two of my lines one vertical, one horizontal, I do a third line vertical, but I have this line that isn't horizontal. And there are a few different ways for you to fix this but the easiest thing for me to do is to drag this point around. And if I drag the point up then I can reach a point where it is showing that I have two properties of my line showing up. I have the vertical line and horizontal line that are showing up just right of my pointer, so once I've dragged it up here to be perpendicular, I can release. And now all of my lines are either horizontal or vertical. I will then want to click the check box again over in my left-hand pane. And I've created a rectangle using the line tool. If I want to create a solid now from this profile that I've created, I'm going to go up to this upper right corner and I'm going to click this 'Exit Sketch' And now I am finished with my sketch. And I am going to go to the 'Features' tab and use the 'Extrusion' option. You should have read a little about what an extrusion is versus a revolution when you were reading the materials in the book. If not, I suggest you go back and read them. So I am going to create a solid using the 'Extrusion' option and there are a few different cool things that I can do here. One of them is that I'll have this little arrow that shows up in the direction of my extrusion. And I can dynamically play with how big my extrusion is by clicking it and dragging with the left mouse button on this arrow. So I can look at this shape and figure out how big the extrusion that I want is going to be. So I pulled it out to here. That looks about right. But then I am also going to come over here into the left-hand panel and modify the dimension of the depth to be a nice, more round number, so I'm just going to make it 0.5 inches. So two different ways that I can easily mess with the extent of my extrusion is over in this left panel. Manually editing the number, or coming down and playing with the arrow and changing the extent of my extrusion. Once I've done that I am going to click 'Okay'. And I now have a solid. Now to move around inside my window, there are a few different things I can do. One of the easiest ways to do things is to right-click inside the workspace somewhere and I have all of these different options available to me. I can zoom to fit, I can zoom to area, I can zoom in and out, I can rotate my views, pan. So for panning I have this little cursor up now. I click with my left button, hold it down, and I can move my part around inside the window. If I want to zoom into area, I click and drag to create a box and it will zoom to that box. If I want to zoom to fit, I just click that button and it fits my part inside the workspace. Most of these menu options are replicated up here in the top pop-up menu. I can change the display style. So right now I'm seeing it as a solid with edges. I could see it as a solid where the edges don't appear as lines, I can see it as a wire frame without any hidden lines, I could see it as a wire frame with hidden lines, or I could see it as a wire frame with all solid lines. I'm gonna go back to the original display because I thinks its the easiest easiest to visualize that way. I could also change what surface I'm looking at. So I can look at a surface on the right side, I can look at the top view, I can look at the front view, or I could just go back to my isometric. I want to create another sketch on a surface. Again there are a few different ways to create the sketch. So I could go back to the 'Sketch' tab I could click on the 'Sketch' button, I could click on the face I wanna sketch on. I can also right-click on the face and choose 'Sketch'. And that will create a sketch for me on that face. Now when I'm sketching I'm probably going to want to be looking at the face. And to do that, one method I could use is to go under this 'View Orientation' icon, choose the 'Normal to' command while I have the face highlighted and now it will look at that face for me. So now that I've created another sketch, I'm going to create another profile on that sketch. This time instead of using lines to create a rectangle, I'm going to use the rectangle tool. So I'm going to click on the 'Corner Rectangle'. My first click is where I want one of the corners to go. I am going to come over here where this orange dot shows up indicating that I am back at the origin and also back at the same corner I chose, up on my original extrusion. So my orange dot shows up, I left-click there, and then I left-click again once I have drawn the shape to be how big I want. And now I drew my last sketch without putting any dimensions on it, so currently my rectangle is of an arbitrary size. If I want to choose how big my rectangle is going to be, I'm going to want to use this 'Smart Dimension' command. So I come over here to 'Smart Dimension' and I can dimension my shape several ways. One way is to click on this line and pull over to the left and left-click again to place the dimension. I will then be given the opportunity to edit it. So lets say I wanted it to be one inch. So I change my number to 1 and now my object is an inch tall. I can also dimension between lines or between points. I'm going to choose a dimension between lines in this case. So I'm going to click my two lines, again pull my dimension off and left click to place, and have the opportunity again to modify it. Now these dimensions are not showing up according to the standards that we are going to be showing you later on. So one thing you're going to want to do every time you create a part is to go up here to this little 'Options' menu, go to 'Document Properties' and make sure that your 'Overall Drafting Standard' is set to 'ANSI', the American National Standards Institute. Once I've done that I hit okay, you'll notice that my dimensions are both horizontal. This is how I want my dimensions to look. Once I have finished creating this second shape, I can say that I'm finished dimensioning using that green checkmark, I can exit my sketch, I'm going to 'Features' and I can create another extrusion. It'll automatically select that profile I drew because it's the only one available. I can say, alright lets go ahead and extrude for a half inch again. So I hit 'Okay'. Now I'm going to go back up to my 'View Orientation' and choose 'Isometric' and now I have a part that looks like this. If I wanted to go back and give dimensions to that first rectangle that I drew, I'm going to go over to my 'Model History Browser' and go to that first extrusion that I did, click the little '+' sign to drop down the sketch, right-click on the sketch And go to this little icon which means 'Edit Sketch'. And then I can go back in and give dimensions to the different lines on my part. I will want to hit 'Save' several times throughout my process. I should have hit it earlier, I suggest that you hit 'Save' every time you create a sketch or an extrusion. One thing that I'm going to have to do to make sure that when I print this out, I know that I'm picking up my drawing and not somebody else's is I'm going to go back under the 'Sketch' tab and I'm going to put that I want to sketch text. And then I'm going to put it on the front face here. And I'm going to type in my name, and my section, and the date and any other information my instructor asks for. And I'm going to hit 'Okay'. So that's pretty much it. So at this point, if this is my finished part I would go under 'File' and then 'Print' or go over here to this 'Print' icon. I'm going to wanna make sure that I am in isometric view, and that I have zoomed to fit before I print, and that everything shows up well on the printout, and make it easier for the TAs to grade. So that's it! This is your introduction to finding your way around inside the SolidWorks window and the very basics of starting to create a part.

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Posted by: raghadkod on Aug 30, 2019

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