Join Gabriel Corbett for an in-depth discussion in this video CSWA Software Settings, part of Cert Prep: Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate.
- Prior to starting the certification exam, I want to set up a template inside of SolidWorks that has the right units and materials, so that when I go ahead and start the exam, I already have a pre-defined template that has everything I need, so I can get started and start making parts. It's going to save us a lot of time, and it's pretty quick to do. First thing's first, let's go ahead and click on Open New Document. Now, wherever or whatever templates you already have set up, we can start from them. I happen to have a few here, and they're going to be included in the Exercise Files for this course. Now I'm going to choose this one called 1020, and click on Open.
Now, most of the parts inside of the exam are going to use the millimeters system for one, and two, they're going to use either 1020 Steel or 1060 Aluminum. Now, those things can change if they change the exam, but I want to make sure that we start with a few of these things already as templates so that, if we see a part that's 1020 Steel, we can just choose that template, and it's going to save us that much more time. So first thing's first, down here at the bottom screen, if I click on millimeter, gram, second, I can choose which unit system I want to be in. A lot of times you're going to be in inch, pound, second.
I want to make sure I'm in the millimeter, gram, second. Like I said, it can change inside of the exam, but most of the time, it does start in millimeter, gram, second, so let's start with the template in millimeter, gram, second. Number two is the material. You can see here I've got 1020 Steel already chosen. Now, if I need to change that, right click and say Edit Material. And then I'm going to go up here to Aluminum Alloys, and choose the very first one, which is 1060 Alloy. Apply that, and then Close. Now, these are the two that I've seen in going through the sample exams, is the 1020 Steel as well as the 1060 Aluminum, so I want to save out the 1060 Aluminum now as it's own template.
The other thing I want to do before doing that is go up here to my Options, and come over here to Units under Document Properties, Units, and go down here to Mass, and I'm going to say this is going to be a three, no sorry, a two place decimal, and click Okay. So two place decimal, choose the right material, and choose the millimeter, gram, second. Now let's go ahead and save this template out. So go up to File, Save As, and I want to save it on my Desktop in Exercise Files, and I have a folder in there called Templates.
And then come down here. Instead of a type of a part, I want to change this to a Part Template. And notice, I already see that 1020 in there, so I want to choose that one, but then I want to change the name to 1060AL, for aluminum. Okay, click on Save. And now I have a new template there, so when I start a new document, I can easily grab that template. So if I click on New, notice it shows up here as 1060 Aluminum. So, depending on which part you get handed in the exam, I can either choose the Steel template or the Aluminum template, or if I need to, I can still choose one of those and modify it, but it'll still save us a little bit of time when I'm going through and doing the exam.
I also want to make sure that we have the right path set up, so when we choose a new document, we see the templates we just created. So, cancel this out and go up here to Options, and come over here down to File Locations. Now you can see, I have a few different ones set up over here, and these are Document Templates, and you can see the very first one here is Users, Desktop, Exercise Files, Templates. Now if you don't have that, go ahead and click on Add, you're going to find that path, so you're going to go down here to Exercise Files on your Desktop, choose Templates, and click Okay.
I already have that path set up, so I don't need it added again. But if you don't, make sure you choose that path and that will show up as one of the tabs when you start a brand new document at the top, so you can choose the template we just created. So make sure you do that.
Along the way, he'll cover creating effective sketches, using equations to modify parts, weighing parts, building assemblies, assigning the correct materials and units, and creating drawing views. At the end of the course, there are two sample exams to practice what you've learned.
- CSWA requirements review
- Working with sketch entities (Line, Circle, Rectangle, and Arc)
- Making offset, convert, and construction lines
- Reviewing the boss and cut features
- Sweeps and lofts
- Smoothing corners with Fillet and Chamfer
- Creating linear and circular patterns
- Dimensioning techniques
- Setting mass properties
- Selecting and using materials
- Inserting components
- Setting up reference geometry
- Establishing standard drawing views
- Annotating your drawings