Join Gabriel Corbett for an in-depth discussion in this video Inserting components, part of Cert Prep: Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate.
- When we get to the assembly section of the exam, more than likely we're going to have to download a zip file with some parts in it and then build an assembly from those parts. So, as an example here, I have this one called ChainLinkAssembly, it's been downloaded. Notice it's a zip file. And depending on which software you have on your computer, it maybe WinZip or WinRAR, there's a whole bunch of different programs out there which work with zip files. But, most of the time Windows will have something pre-installed to unzip a file. So, if I right click on it, notice I have Extract Here or Extract Files. Sometimes it down under here...
Send To, you can click this, Compress Zip Folder or UnCompress Zip Folder. It really depends on what software you have. But before you start taking the exam make sure that you've got some way to unzip a folder and get those files out. So, if I right click on this, I can expand that out. And notice I'll get this chain_link, long_pin, and short_pin. And that is in my SampleParts folder. However, inside of SOLIDWORKS, If I go to File, Open, and in Chapter two, we're in 22.214.171.124 and 3 is the files.
I've taken those same files, I've just renamed them so they make sense in our name convention here. I'm going to choose the first one then hold down Control and just pick the other two, or, pick the first one and hold down Shift and pick the last one. And it selects all three of those. And I can open all three at the same time by clicking on Open. There they all are. And maybe the first time when you open these up because it's bringing in an imported file it might ask you to do Feature Recognition. Just click on No. And sometimes there's a little box that says, "Don't Ask Me Again", click on that as well. So now that I have the parts, I can click on Tile Horizontally.
So, Tile Horizontally here, and build my parts. Now, the very first part you bring into your assembly is very important because that's what's going to be aligned with the origin. So, number one, we've got to make sure when you look at the question it's going to be defining where the X-Y-Z coordinate system is, and I want to make sure that's matching to what we're going to be bringing to the model. So in this example, this pin here, which has its origin right at the very top, that's where our origin wants to be. So I'm going to click on File, Make Assembly From Part.
I'm going to choose the Lynda assembly and click on OK. I'm going to click on the 2.13.1 and click on OK to build the assembly, and there it is. Now if I look at my origin, notice it shows up right here at the top and that happens to be exactly the same location as our origin here. If you look down here at the Triad you can see I have X going this way, Z going that way, and Y going that way and hopefully that matches what you have in your question on the exam. Next thing is I'm going to go Tile Horizontally and I'm going to drag in the other components.
Click and drag. Click and drag. And then I'm going to expand this out. Now, notice I have the three components in here but I'm going to probably need a few of each. A really quick way to add additional components is just to hold down Control on your keyboard, click on a part, and just drag out a copy of it. Notice that will drag out a copy in the exact same orientation as the first one. So, if I rotate this one around here, and then do a Control, drag out it gives me an exact duplicate in that same orientation. Same thing with this part here.
Now that I have all the components inserted, now I'm ready to start building the assembly.
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