Even if you have never used Solidworks or a similar computer automated design (AutoCAD) software you can still jump right into the fun and create a car key!
My Own Experiences:
I learned how to create three dimensional drawings on Solidworks by following a set of instructions to make certain parts then I created parts that I had an interest in making.
How to Get Started:
To get started open up the Solidworks program on your computer and learn how the software is set up. If your computer does not have Solidworks or an AutoCAD program you will have to download it onto the computer you are using. Often universities provide short-term licenses for their students, if this would pertain to you check with your university.
Step 1: Learn about the Software
In Solidworks there are five tool bars entitled Features, Sketch, Evaluate, DimXpert, and Office Products. You will only have to use the first two tool bars, Features and Sketch, for the type of part that we are making.
Step 2: Use the Side Toolbar
The side tool bar shows you where you are in your project. You can click on previous steps to edit past drawings and features. The side tool bar is featured below.
Step 3: Learn How to Sketch
The Sketch toolbar is where you will start all of your drawings. You will first click on the toolbar tab entitled "Sketch" then click on the Sketch icon. Draw the outline of the part then click on the Exit Sketch icon,
Step 4: Learn to Use the Features
Once you have drawn your sketch, you should click on the Features tool bar. Depending on what you would like to creat select on of the many options. In this tutorial we will be using the Extruded Boss/Base, Fillet, and Extruded Cut features. The Features tool bar is shown below.