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SOLIDWORKS 2012 Essential Training

with Gabriel Corbett

Video: Welcome

Shows how to create manufacturing-ready parts and assemblies in SOLIDWORKS 2012.
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  1. 2m 13s
    1. Welcome
      1m 3s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 10s
  2. 16m 43s
    1. Launching SOLIDWORKS for the first time
      4m 40s
    2. Accessing and customizing the Ribbon
      2m 44s
    3. Touring the shortcut bar and identifying essential keys
      3m 42s
    4. Saving, renaming, and managing files
      5m 37s
  3. 11m 50s
    1. Understanding the 3D world
      3m 39s
    2. The six steps used in almost all modeling features
      3m 37s
    3. Starting a new sketch
      4m 34s
  4. 26m 9s
    1. Sketching lines and center lines
      4m 8s
    2. Using the Circle tool
      3m 44s
    3. Adding and removing relationships
      3m 32s
    4. Understanding relationship types
      4m 44s
    5. Dimensioning a sketch to define specific size attributes
      5m 25s
    6. Setting system options, units, and templates
      4m 36s
  5. 24m 5s
    1. Sketching rectangles
      7m 0s
    2. Creating arcs in a sketch
      7m 47s
    3. Drawing splines in a sketch
      5m 9s
    4. Sketching polygons
      4m 9s
  6. 24m 15s
    1. Trimming and extending portions of a sketch
      3m 35s
    2. Creating offset geometry
      3m 20s
    3. Moving, copying, and rotating elements
      3m 12s
    4. Erasing, undoing, and redoing actions
      3m 53s
    5. Mirroring part of a sketch
      2m 46s
    6. Creating repeating patterns in a sketch
      3m 40s
    7. Using construction lines to place features with precision
      3m 49s
  7. 15m 25s
    1. Working with planes
      7m 30s
    2. Placing and using axes
      3m 2s
    3. Working with the coordinate system and individual points
      4m 53s
  8. 28m 36s
    1. Extruding a sketch into a 3D object
      8m 22s
    2. Using Revolve to create 3D parts around a circular axis
      5m 21s
    3. Using Loft to create a complex shape
      4m 45s
    4. Refining a loft shape with guide curves
      5m 56s
    5. Using Sweep to create wire and pipe shapes
      4m 12s
  9. 16m 13s
    1. Using Extruded Cut to trim parts of a 3D object
      4m 56s
    2. Trimming with the revolve cut
      4m 17s
    3. Trimming with the loft cut
      3m 4s
    4. Trimming with the sweep cut
      3m 56s
  10. 20m 38s
    1. Using fillets and chamfers to create smooth or angled corners
      4m 58s
    2. Creating repeating rectangular patterns
      4m 8s
    3. Creating repeating circular patterns
      3m 11s
    4. Mirroring objects
      5m 22s
    5. Creating hollow objects with Shell and Draft
      2m 59s
  11. 11m 51s
    1. Working with reusable sketches using blocks
      4m 28s
    2. Creating blocks
      3m 27s
    3. Designing with blocks
      3m 56s
  12. 44m 4s
    1. Understanding the tools for beginning a new assembly
      5m 0s
    2. Identifying steps in creating an assembly
      4m 45s
    3. Mating parts together in an assembly
      8m 31s
    4. Matching part sizes accurately in the parametric prototyping environment
      4m 52s
    5. Working with subassemblies
      5m 54s
    6. Patterning in assemblies
      6m 1s
    7. Downloading pre-made parts from the Internet
      3m 13s
    8. Working with pre-made parts bundled with SOLIDWORKS Professional and SOLIDWORKS Premium
      5m 48s
  13. 15m 12s
    1. Mating parts with coincident, parallel, and distance mates
      5m 49s
    2. Mating parts with tangent and width mates
      4m 49s
    3. Mating parts along a path
      2m 1s
    4. Mating parts by aligning planes
      2m 33s
  14. 16m 8s
    1. Getting started with the Hole Wizard
      5m 58s
    2. Understanding hole types and standards
      5m 40s
    3. Positioning holes in layout sketches
      4m 30s
  15. 13m 9s
    1. Linking sketches to other parts
      4m 23s
    2. Linking to layout sketches
      5m 19s
    3. Using the Hole Wizard in context
      3m 27s
  16. 15m 33s
    1. Calculating values for creating a threaded part
      6m 38s
    2. Using a helix sweep path to create a thread
      3m 49s
    3. Understanding internal and external threads
      5m 6s
  17. 22m 3s
    1. Using equations in refining sketching
      7m 13s
    2. Working with complex calculations
      4m 0s
    3. Integrating Microsoft Excel to manage design tables
      7m 54s
    4. Making assemblies using part configurations
      2m 56s
  18. 29m 58s
    1. Working with drawing templates
      11m 51s
    2. Setting up drawing options and sheet properties
      8m 52s
    3. Choosing the correct projection angle: first angle vs. third angle
      2m 38s
    4. Adding model views to a drawing
      6m 37s
  19. 19m 2s
    1. Creating general dimension notations
      5m 10s
    2. Creating chain and ordinate dimensions
      5m 7s
    3. Dimensioning holes and curved features
      4m 5s
    4. Applying auto dimensions
      4m 40s
  20. 18m 52s
    1. Creating hole callouts
      4m 16s
    2. Adding center marks and centerlines to a drawing
      4m 24s
    3. Adding item notes
      6m 45s
    4. Drawing revisions
      3m 27s
  21. 20m 26s
    1. Adding assemblies to drawings
      2m 49s
    2. Including a bill of materials
      3m 45s
    3. Adding a title block and sheet properties to an assembly drawing
      3m 57s
    4. Building an exploded view for an assembly drawing
      4m 49s
    5. Including part balloons in an assembly drawing
      5m 6s
  22. 8m 29s
    1. Rendering an image of a part or an assembly
      8m 29s
  23. 1m 18s
    1. Next steps
      1m 18s

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SOLIDWORKS 2012 Essential Training
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In this course, author Gabriel Corbett shows how to create manufacturing-ready parts and assemblies in SOLIDWORKS 2012. Beginning with simple 2D sketching and the software's sketch-editing tools, the course provides step-by-step instruction on building 3D geometry from 2D sketches. The course covers creating complex 3D objects with the Extrude, Revolve, Sweep, and Loft tools and shows building complex assemblies by mating individual parts together into robust assemblies and structures.

The course shows how to cut and revolve holes into parts and use the Hole Wizard tool to generate industry standard holes like counter bores, counter sinks, and taps. Best practice for designing parts is emphasized throughout the course as well as methods for creating parts faster and easier using equations, mirroring, and patterning tools. The course wraps up with generating manufacturing-ready drawings complete with an itemized Bill of Materials. As a bonus feature, Gabriel shows how to photo render a final design. Exercise files are included with the course.

Topics include:
  • Starting a new sketch
  • Adding and removing relationships
  • Dimensioning a sketch for specific size attributes
  • Setting system options, units, and templates
  • Drawing polygons
  • Drawing circles, arcs, and splines
  • Creating offset geometry
  • Moving, copying, and rotating elements
  • Working with planes, axes, and the coordinate system
  • Using Revolve and Loft to create 3D objects
  • Trimming with the Revolve, Loft, and Sweep cuts
  • Creating smooth and angled corners with fillets and chamfers
  • Designing with sketch blocks
  • Working with subassemblies
  • Creating threaded parts
  • Integrating Excel to manage design tables
  • Adding dimension notations to a drawing
  • Rendering an image of a part or assembly


Hi! I am Gabriel Corbett and welcome to SolidWorks 2012 Essential Training. In this course, we'll look at the methods and tools for creating manufacturing-ready parts and assemblies along with detailed drawings and bills of materials. We'll start with the basic sketch tools to create two-dimensional sketches that will become the foundation for 3D objects. Next, we'll look at modeling 3D features by extruding or revolving sketches into 3D parts, followed by creating more complex objects using the Sweep and Loft tools.

Then we'll create holes and cuts as well as uniform standard hole sizes using the automated Hole Wizard. We'll explore the best practice for putting parts together into assemblies and building robust structures. Finally, we'll see how to create drawings to relate the final parts and assemblies to a manufacturer complete with an itemized bill of materials and drawing notes. Now, let's get started with SolidWorks 2012 Essential Training.

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