Join Gabriel Corbett for an in-depth discussion in this video CSWP software settings, part of Cert Prep: Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional (2015).
- Prior to starting this 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 predefined template that has everything I need so I could get started and start making parts. It's going to save us a lot of time, and it's pretty quick to do. First things first, let's go ahead and click on open new document. Now wherever, or whatever templates you already have set up, we could 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 millimeter system for one, and two they're going to use either 1020 Steel or 1060 Aluminium. 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 things first. Down here at the bottom of the screen if I click on millimeter, grams, 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.
And like I said, it can change inside of the exam, but most 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 could 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 up here to Aluminium 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 Aluminium, so I want to save out the 1060 Aluminium 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 OK. 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 that I already see that 1020 in there so I want to choose that one, and then I want to change the name to 1060 AL for Aluminium. 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 Aluminium. So depending on which part you get handed in the exam, I can either choose the steel template or the aluminium template.
Or, if I need to, I can still choose one of those and then 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 then click OK. I already have that path set up so I don't need to add it 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 could choose the template we just created. So make sure you do that.
He also breaks down the three segments of the test (part modeling, configurations, and assemblies), providing strategies that will help you pass each section. At the end of the course, there are two sample exams to practice what you've learned.
- CSWP requirements review
- Working with sketch entities, tools, and relations
- Using the boss and cut features
- Performing sweeps and lofts
- Smoothing corners with Fillet and Chamfer
- Creating linear and circular patterns
- Setting up equations
- Creating multibody parts
- Setting mass properties
- Working with materials and constraints
- Inserting components
- Setting up reference geometry
- Arranging features to change the part
- Working with suppression states
- Using a design table to build configurations
- Establishing standard drawing views
- Annotating your drawings