Join Gabriel Corbett for an in-depth discussion in this video Materials, part of Cert Prep: Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate.
- Selecting the right material for your part is essential to getting the right values for the mass and center of mass for your part. Let's just go quickly and review how to add a matieral and modify it. So go over here to the left. Notice I have Brass selected right now. I can right click on that, I can say Edit Material, or I can choose from any of my favorite materials here. Click on Edit Material first, I get this little dialog window that pops up. I can choose anything from copper to steel to iron, all these different selections here. I can even create my own materials. Most of the time in the exams, you're going to be seeing steel, AISI 1020, or aluminium 1060.
Those are the two most common I've seen, but it could be just about anything. Now, I would definitely recommend, because you're going to be using these same materials multiple times, I would go over here to Favorites and add a favorite. So click on Aluminium Alloys, click on the one you want, and then click on Add. It's saying that I already have it on my favorites list, which is great, so if you didn't it would just add it automatically. So here it is, Aluminium Alloy 1060. I also have that AISI 1020 down there under my favorites. Once you have those added to your favorites, it just makes it really quick to right click on the material, jump down to 1020, select the material, and that quickly, I was able to switch materials, and now we're going to have the right material values, so when we weigh our part, it'll be correct.
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