Solidworks is a 3-D CAD program that can be used to design and create blueprints and 3-D models of objects that engineers want to build. It is used in a number of industries. Certificate and associate degree programs offer Solidworks courses, and students can find stand-alone courses as well. These courses allow students to gain experience with Solidworks software and create their own designs.
Here are some common concepts discussed in Solidworks classes:
- Product design
- Design software
- Putting product parts together
- Creating and editing drafts of drawings
- Precision 3D modeling
List of Common Solidworks Software Courses
Introduction to Computer-Aided Drafting Course
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of computer-aided design (CAD) and drafting. It focuses on the basic computer commands used for creating and modifying drawings. Most introductory drafting courses require students to submit their own design using CAD software. This course is often a prerequisite for further study in digital product design programs, including three-dimensional (3D) software programs such as Solidworks.
Manufacturing and Materials Course
Students must take into consideration the properties of manufacturing materials when designing products. In this course, students become familiar with the materials and processes used in manufacturing in order to understand how the properties of a material affects its design and production. Topics may include materials such as iron, tin, steel, wood, ceramics, rubber and plastics. The study of manufacturing processes can include casting, molding and forging.
Introduction to Solidworks Course
An introductory course helps students become familiar with Solidworks and its industry applications as a solid modeling design software program. It usually assumes a basic knowledge of drafting and the materials typically used in manufacturing. In fact, some programs require prerequisite courses in CAD and manufacturing materials to ensure students get the most out of the Solidworks course. Course lessons focus on the design methods used to create 3D solid models and convert them to computer design files.
Advanced Solidworks Course
An advanced course in Solidworks assumes students have completed a prerequisite course in its basic functions and applications. It builds on a student's CAD knowledge by incorporating advanced skills in 3D product designs, product assembly, and associated components and mechanisms. Students eventually learn to create solid, computer-generated models of molded, rendered and sheet metal parts.