These instructions are intended for someone new to using SolidWorks, and whom has somewhat basic computer skills. A basic knowledge of dimensions will also be helpful. A powerful tool such as SolidWorks can be intimidating for the new user. With the help of this guide, it doesn’t have to be. By the time you finish reading this tutorial, you should be able to successfully:
* Model a basic part in SolidWorks
* Successfully add basic features to the parts
* Fully assemble multiple parts using basic mate features
The amount of time required to create your part assembly will depend on the detail involved in the parts that you are trying to model. Basic shapes, and fewer features in the assembly will generally take much less time. Completing this tutorial will take you somewhere between 30 minutes to 1 hour if you are inexperienced with SolidWorks or any other CAD software.
If you have any issues with some of the features presented in the videos, this link is a very helpful resource that gives some instructions on how to properly use them:
For this tutorial, I will be modeling a water bottle consisting of two parts; the bottle and the lid.
Step 1: Starting a Part File
Step 2: Make a Sketch of the Bottle
Step 3: Extrude the Part
In order to roll the sketch or part around in SolidWorks, you can press your center scroll wheel on your mouse and move the mouse in a circular motion. This can take some practice but gets much easier, and using this feature makes seeing different views of your part much easier.
Step 4: Shell Out the Bottle
Once this is done you will notice that the part does not look any different. You will need to cut out one of the ends of the bottle out. This can be done by utilizing a cross-section view while using the convert entities, and extruded cut features. You will also need to make a cut for the lid to fit onto. This process is demonstrated in the video below.
Step 5: Adding Fillets
In order to use the feature you will need to define a radius for the fillet, and click all of the edges that you would like to apply the feature to. You will notice that I have used two separate fillet sized on different edges. Once again, I have demonstrated this process for you in the video below.
Step 6: Making the Cap
In this step you will produce:
* 3 Sketches
* 3 Extrusions (one for each sketch)
* Applying fillets to the nozzle
* Dimensioning all features appropriately
Do not forget that you will need to save your parts after starting them in SolidWorks. You don't want to lose all of your work!
Step 7: Making an Assembly
Concentric- This means that two circles will fit perfectly inside one another (even if they are different sizes).
Coincident- This mate type should be used when you want two surfaces to touch each other and limit its motion to that plane. To completely constrain a part using only this mate type requires three different coincident mates.
There are many other mate types that will not be demonstrated in this video that can be very useful in certain situations.
Step 8: Using Apearances
Now is the fun part. You can select any texture or material in SolidWork's vast library and apply a color tone to it. This is what really makes your assembly or part come to life, so have some fun with it! Once you have chosen the appearance that you would like, you can click the green check mark, and check out the results. I have shown an example of this feature in the picture above.