For this tutorial we will be using SolidWorks 2010, but an older edition will easily handle the same tasks.
To begin, decide what you want to model. This tutorial will model a birdhouse to introduce features of SolidWorks such as multiple planes, as well as both rectangular and circular shapes.
Step 1: Create a Document
2. In the top left of the SolidWorks window, click the sheet of paper (Figure 1 ) to create a new document .
3. Select Part , then OK (Figure 2 .) The other options are for more advanced features of SolidWorks beyond the scope of this tutorial.
4. After your new part opens, press Ctrl+s to save it. Name your part “birdhouse1”. Click save .
5. To build the birdhouse using inches, click the options button on the far right of the toolbar at the top of the screen (Figure 1 .) Click the document properties tab. In the left menu, click Units then be sure that IPS is selected (Figure 3 .) This will set the birdhouse’s dimensions to inches.