SOLIDWORKS Class 1: Interface and Navigation | Tayseer Almattar | Skillshare

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SOLIDWORKS Class 1: Interface and Navigation

teacher avatar Tayseer Almattar, Design Innovation

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Class Series Intro


    • 2.

      Intro to SW Interface and Navigation Class


    • 3.

      The Download Section


    • 4.

      Starting a new part


    • 5.

      The Command Bar, Canvas and Design Tree


    • 6.

      Adjusting the Document's Measurements System


    • 7.

      Utilizing the Mouse for More Efficient Models Control and Creation


    • 8.

      Class Conclusion


    • 9.

      Teaser to Sketching and Project Intro


    • 10.

      Well Done!


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About This Class

Welcome to our first SOLIDWORKS Course covering Interface and Navigation. This class is the first of our SOLIDWORKS Class Series which consists of 12 short classes ranging from 15 mins to 1.5 hrs. The series will take you from knowing nothing about SOLIDWORKS to the Certified Professional Level (CSWP)

The learning objectives for this specific class are:

  • How to start a new part.
  • What is represented in the command bar, canvas and design tree.
  • How to select different measurement systems for your files.
  • How to utilize the mouse through right clicks, zooming and rotating the model through the scroll wheel.

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Tayseer Almattar

Design Innovation



TforDesign is a learning design organization dedicated to designing and producing exceptional learning opportunities. 

In addition to helping organizations design learning, we design and produce a bundle of online learning experiences that are open to the public. Those include subjects like SOLIDWORKS and Sustainability. 


We have also had a training book published in SOLIDWORKS.




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1. Class Series Intro: welcome to our solid works class. My name is taste here and I will be leading you through this class. I myself have been an avid, solid works user for the last eight years. I have also been working in training and instructional design for the last five years. Combining those two experiences we designed and produced the best solid work course there is. This is, of course, as testified by the 4000 plus students we trained on using solid works. Today we're super excited to bring this training to you. This class is a part of our larger solid Works class series. This series consists off 12 short classes or sections to take you from knowing nothing about solid works to the 35 associate level C S W A. Siri's will then continue to take you from the certified associate level to the certain parts professional level CS WP Each of those classes has its own standalone learning objectives, which you can learn in the description. You can also download the contents outline for the whole class Siris in the download section. This is in case he would like to jump from one class to another. We will be using the learning by doing approached to conduct this class. So whenever we're learning something new will be directly using it to build something with it, be it a sketch apart. A drawing or an assembly way will walk you through a step by step to make sure you understand any new concept we introduce. We will also provide you with project work, reinforce the skills we learn together. So who should take this class series? Basically, anyone wanting to get started with solid works for wanting to advance his or her solid work skills toe an advanced level. Those could be engineers, designers, makers or hobbyist. So if you fall in those categories, this class Siri's has something for you. You don't need any prior knowledge to start the series. You just need to be ready to learn, so let's get started. 2. Intro to SW Interface and Navigation Class: welcome to the interface on Navigation section. In this section, we will cover basic aspect in solid works which we will need to get started. Those are things like major parts in solid works interface. What is the command bar design tree on the canvas? Also, we will learn how to start a new part. What is a documents? My German system on how to adjust it. In addition, we will cover some aspect. When lt was the mouse with solid works in this section, we will only cover their central's. We will dive deeper into what we cover here later in the course. So let's go ahead and get started with some solid works interface on navigation. 3. The Download Section: in this video, we're going to tell you about the download section. So with every one of our classes, we have a download section which includes files for you to download. Those files will help you follow up in our lectures and help you gain hands on experience which we designed this course about. So here we are, in our first solid works class, class, war, interface and navigation. And if I go to the about section, you'll have information about the class, the learning objectives and down below them. You will have the down low section on this download section Link will basically take you to our Dropbox, where we have prepared or the downloads that goes along this class off I click on the link , open a new top and take us to our Dropbox. And here in the drop box, we have Class one interface and navigation, and they have two folders for I switched to the list display. I'm gonna have two folders as you've seen earlier. One cos lecture Fife on the other companies lecture seven on the one at the beginning. Indicates the class numbers 1.5 indicates that this is for a class number one, which is interface and navigation on a lecture number five, which is the command bar, canvas and design tree. And the easiest way to download those folders is to go to the top right corner and you'll see a download option. So if I click on that and then click on direct download, the browser will automatically download all those folders in a say file. And here they are. If I click on this, you will have to folders for lectures number five and seven, and each of those folders would have additional materials that supplement learning for that particular lecture. So that was all about download section. Now get yourself ready for the next video lecture where we would actually start presenting instructional materials. 4. Starting a new part: in this lecture, we will go through how you start a new part. When you first open solid works, you will see something like this. In this course, we will mostly start with a new document. So we go to the top and click on the new document icon. When we do that, we will be faced with three options To start a new part and you assembly or a new drone starters, you will select new part and then click. OK. When we do that, we see different types and options which we will be covering in the next lecture. 5. The Command Bar, Canvas and Design Tree: In this lecture, we will address the command bar, canvas and design tree. To make things clearer, we have created a simple model, which you can download in the download section of this lecture. On the top, you can see the command bar. This has all the commands you will use to create your models. In this course, we will focus on the sketch top on the feature stop in the middle, we can see the canvas. The canvas shows you a visual presentation off the model you have created using the commands on the top. On top of the Candace, you will be able to see some commands related to doing the model. For instance, if you click on the display style icon, you will get different options off how you can view your model. On the bottom left of the canvas, you will see the three axes X Y and zed, which represent your three dimensions. On the left, we see the design tree. The design tree shows all the features and sketches used to create the model, so in this case we can see that we use to sketches on three features to create the displayed model 6. Adjusting the Document's Measurements System: in this lecture, we will talk about my German systems. All the mothers we will be creating a solid works are based on actual measurement units like millimeters, centimeters, meters, interest, kilograms, pounds etcetera. Before you start any model, make sure you are set to work with the measurement units you intend to work on on the bottom, right? You will see a clickable menu. In my case, it says I P s which stands for inches pounds seconds. If you click on it, you will be getting multiple options for measurement unit to shoes from. If you do not like this options, you can click the edit documents units. When you do that, you will have an additional option, which is to make your custom units. In this course, we will only be using the standard auctions. 7. Utilizing the Mouse for More Efficient Models Control and Creation: In this lecture, we will talk about how you can utilize your mouth with solid works. When using solid works, we recommend using at least a mouse with a scroll. This will make using the software much easier, right? Clicking on the canvas, on the surface or on a feature on the design tree will always give you more helpful options . Now let's talk about the scroll in the mouse. If we point the cursor on the canvas and start moving the scroll, we will be zooming in or zooming out, using the cursor as the center off movement. And so, if I point the cursor on this corner and start scrolling, I will be zooming toward this corner. If I point the cursor on this other corner and starts crawling, we will be zooming toward that corner. The scroll itself has a useful button. If we leave the cursor on the canvas, then click and hold the scroll button and start moving the mouse. The model will rotate according to the mouse movement. This will make it much easier for you to create the model. You can get the model we showed here in the download section. Don't load it and try out what we covered in this lecture. 8. Class Conclusion: This concludes this class, which covered basic salt works, interface and navigation. Before you leave this class and move to the next, make sure you are familiar with the following points. How to start a new part. What is represented in the command bar canvas on design Tree. How to select difference measurement systems for your files. How to utilize the mouse through right clicks, zooming on, rotating the model through the use off the scroll wheel. If you do not know or unsure off any foods aspect, we recommend reviewing the lectures in this class again before moving to the next. 9. Teaser to Sketching and Project Intro: in this lecture, we're going to give you a small teaser over our next class. Solid works sketching. So we're going to open a new part. So I go to new and then select part. And then on the left you can see three planes front top, right? For now, I'll select the front plane, and when I click on it, I'll click on this icon that says Sketch. If I don't see this, I can go to the top said, like the sketch top Andi Click on sketch. When I do that, you're noticed. The front plane comes parallel to the screen on. Then on the top left, you will see a number off sketching commands. Boost our discussion Command will use to draw basically every sketch in solid works so I can use those to draw circles, lines, rectangles, polygons, lips is and so on. So I click on a circle. I can draw a circle. If I click on the rectangle, I can draw a rectangle on on and on. We're going to speak more deeply about it in the next class. However, for now, I want you to come into sketching on use those catching commands and just play around with them. Draw any sketch that comes into your mind by experimenting with those sketching commands, and you can draw whichever shape or groups of shapes that comes into mind just by experimenting with these commands. After you do that, take a screenshot of your sketch and posted under your projects so we can take a look at it as well. I'm looking forward to seeing your creations and see you again on class to solid work sketching. 10. Well Done! : Hey there tastier here. Great job on completing the first class. I know it can be both hard and exciting. You take the first step towards learning something new. You are making it happen. I like to think of learning like again, you are building your own level as you go. And every time you learn something new, you are adding new blocks to make your path smoother. This is certainly true with Solid Works as well. So keep on going and I'll see you in the next class in the series.