SOLIDWORKS 2012 Essential Training

with Gabriel Corbett
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SOLIDWORKS 2012 Essential Training
Video duration: 0s 7h 2m Beginner


In this course, author Gabriel Corbett shows how to create manufacturing-ready parts and assemblies in SOLIDWORKS 2012. Beginning with simple 2D sketching and the software's sketch-editing tools, the course provides step-by-step instruction on building 3D geometry from 2D sketches. The course covers creating complex 3D objects with the Extrude, Revolve, Sweep, and Loft tools and shows building complex assemblies by mating individual parts together into robust assemblies and structures.

The course shows how to cut and revolve holes into parts and use the Hole Wizard tool to generate industry standard holes like counter bores, counter sinks, and taps. Best practice for designing parts is emphasized throughout the course as well as methods for creating parts faster and easier using equations, mirroring, and patterning tools. The course wraps up with generating manufacturing-ready drawings complete with an itemized Bill of Materials. As a bonus feature, Gabriel shows how to photo render a final design. Exercise files are included with the course.

Topics include:
  • Starting a new sketch
  • Adding and removing relationships
  • Dimensioning a sketch for specific size attributes
  • Setting system options, units, and templates
  • Drawing polygons
  • Drawing circles, arcs, and splines
  • Creating offset geometry
  • Moving, copying, and rotating elements
  • Working with planes, axes, and the coordinate system
  • Using Revolve and Loft to create 3D objects
  • Trimming with the Revolve, Loft, and Sweep cuts
  • Creating smooth and angled corners with fillets and chamfers
  • Designing with sketch blocks
  • Working with subassemblies
  • Creating threaded parts
  • Integrating Excel to manage design tables
  • Adding dimension notations to a drawing
  • Rendering an image of a part or assembly


- [Voiceover] Hi, I'm Gabriel Corbett and welcome to SolidWorks 2012 Essential Training. In this course, we'll look at the methods and tools for creating manufacturing ready parts and assemblies along with detailed drawings and bills of materials. We'll start with the basic sketch tools to create two dimensional sketches that will become the foundation for 3D objects. Next, we'll look at modeling 3D features by extruding or revolving sketches into 3D parts. Followed by creating more complex objects using the sweep and loft tools.

Then we'll create holes and cuts as well as uniform standard whole sizes using the automated hole wizard. We'll explore the best practice for putting parts together into assemblies and building robust structures. Finally, we'll see how to create drawings to relate the final parts and assemblies to a manufacturer complete with an itemized bill of materials and drawing notes. Now let's get started with SolidWorks 2012 Essential Training.

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