Join Gabriel Corbett for an in-depth discussion in this video Exam taking techniques, part of Cert Prep: Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate.
- The format for almost all certification exams are going to be in the format of first a series of questions that are multiple choice just asking you about different features, then we're going to be creating some parts, and most time we're going to be taking that same part and then modifying that part several different times. And then weighing it and putting the values in or choosing a multiple choice answer. So here's an example. So here's the first part of the sample exam I've already created, and you can see over here I'm using some equations, and I have equations for A, B and C down here. And material is 1020 steel and I'm in the millimeter/gram/second unit system.
So that's where I'm going to be when I create that part. Now as soon as I go to the next part here, I'm going to click Tile Horizontally. And then the choose the next part which is 4.1. Take a look at that one. Now it's exactly the same part except the values have changed inside of these equations. So I want to edit these equations, right-click, "Manage Equations..." and I'm just going to change these values here to change that part from one part to the next. Now if you didn't happen to use equations, you're going to have to go back into that sketch and modify those individual dimensions, so it's a lot easier if you choose equations right from the beginning and save those values.
So now what they're going to ask you to do is to weigh that part. So I'm going to go over here to Mass Properties. Now if you don't have this toolbar it's very easy to add, just right-click anywhere in this gray area up here. Right-click and come down to Tools. There they are, Tools, I'm going to turn that toolbar make sure that's on. Once you've turned that toolbar on, it's going to show up somewhere on your screen. I happen to like docking it over here to the right, but you can set it anywhere you want. You can dock it to the top, you can dock it to the bottom, you can dock it to the right. So choose a nice location for that toolbar, you're going to use that a lot throughout the certification process.
So click on Mass Properties. Make sure that we have the right density and the right materials. So over here we have 1020 steel. And notice the mass is 1032.32. Notice there's a two place decimal. For instance, if you don't see a two place decimal, go up to Options and make sure you're saying millimeters with two place decimals, "Use custom settings". Because if you have a three place decimal, the rounding's going to be a little bit different, and you're not going to get the right answers. Make sure you're only using two places, and let SOLIDWORKS do the two place for you, don't do rounding on your own.
So there it is, a couple simple things there. Next thing is they're going to take that same part and make another modification to it. So let's click on Tile Horizontal again and I'm going to look at 5.1. Now I've taken that same part, we've cut some of this material out through the center of here and we've cut some material out here as well. So, same part again, couple modifications. So again we're going to be changing these equations, a couple different values here, and then adding these cuts to the assembly. So that's basically the format you're going to be seeing in the exam.
Start with a part, modify it, modify it again, weigh it, or find the center of mass. The last one I want to show is an assembly. So in this case here, there's a zip file they're going to download from their website, we're going to open the part and then create an assembly. Make sure when you're creating an assembly we choose the right part as our starting point. This happens to be the pin here. And notice the origin of this, right there at the top, is the same origin as the assembly. So when you start a part, I'm going to open this one up. Click on File, Open.
The best way to start assembly is go up to File, "Make Assembly from Part". I'm going to choose a template and click okay. And that's going to put the origin of the part right at the origin, so notice the origin of the assembly, and then the origin of the part, happen to also be in the same location. That's very, very, very important because when we find the center of mass of that assembly, it's going to be defined based upon the origin. So make sure that origin is in the correct location normally the very first part will have the origin at the same location as the assembly but verify that in the exam.
This is the format you're going to be seeing in the exam. Hopefully these few examples will give you at least a good understanding of the process of what we're going to be doing in the exam and how best to prepare for taking the exam.
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