Solidworks tutorials : Using the Interface

Solidworks tutorials : Using the Interface

SolidWorks is a strong modeling computer-aided format and computer-aided engineering computer software that runs particularly on Microsoft Windows. While it is viable to run SolidWorks on an Intel-based Mac with Windows mounted we will center of attention on how to study the fundamentals and get acquainted with the equipment , after analyzing our tutorials we guarantee that you can go your capabilities to expert level.

Starting a Program

1 Click the Start button in the decrease left nook of the window. The Start menu
appears. The Start menu permits you to pick out the primary features of the Microsoft
Windows environment.

From the Start menu, click on All Programs, SolidWorks, SolidWorks.
The SolidWorks utility software is now running.

Exit the Program
To exit the application program, click File, Exit or click on the main SolidWorks

Opening an Existing File


100Double-click on the SolidWorks phase file Dumbell in the Lesson01 folder.
This opens the Dumbell file in SolidWorks. If the SolidWorks utilityapplication is
not strolling when you double-click on the phase file name, the machine runs the
SolidWorks utilityapplication and then opens the section file that you selected.
You ought to have additionally opened the file with the aid ofdeciding on File, Open, and typing or shopping to
a file title or by way ofdeciding on a file identify from the File menu in SolidWorks. SolidWorks
lists the closingquite a fewdocuments that you had open.
Saving a File

4 Click Save on the Standard toolbar to keep adjustments to a file.
It is a suitable thinking to retailer the file that you are working every time you make modifications to it.

Copying a File
Notice that Dumbell is now not spelled
correctly. It is supposed to have two
1 Click File, Save As to retailer a copy
of the file with a new name.
The Save As window appears. This
window suggests you in which folder
the file is presently located, the file
name, and the file type.
2 In the File Name area trade the
name to Dumbbell and click
A new file is created with the new
name. The authentic file nevertheless exists.
The new file is an genuine replica of the
file as it exists at the second that it
is copied.

Resizing Windows

SolidWorks, like many applications, makes use of home windows to exhibit your work. You can change the dimension of every window.
1 Move the cursor along the edge of a window until the shape of the
cursor appears to be a two-headed arrow.
2 While the cursor still appears to be a two-headed arrow, hold down
the left mouse button and drag the window to a different size.
3 When the window appears to be the size that you wish, release the mouse button.
Windows can have multiple panels. You can resize these panels relative to each other.
4 Move the cursor along the border between two panels until the cursor
appears to be two parallel lines with perpendicular arrows.
5 While the cursor still appears to be two parallel lines with perpendicular
arrows, hold down the left mouse button and drag the panel to a different size.
6 When the panel appears to be the size that you wish, release the mouse button.

SolidWorks Windows

SolidWorks home windows have two panels. One panel offers non-graphic data. The other
panel offers picture illustration of the part, assembly, or drawing.
The leftmost panel of the window includes the FeatureManager® graph tree,
PropertyManager and ConfigurationManager.
1 Click each of the tabs at the top of the left panel and see how the contents of the
window changes.

The rightmost panel is the
Graphics Area, the place you
create and manipulate the
part, assembly, or drawing.
2 Look at the Graphics Area.
See how the dumbbell is
represented. It appears
shaded, in shade and in an
isometric view. These are
some of the approaches in which
the mannequin can be
represented very



100Toolbar buttons are shortcuts for regularly used commands. You can set toolbar
placement and visibility based totally on the reportkind (part, assembly, or drawing).
SolidWorks remembers which toolbars to show and the place to show them for each
document type.
1 Click View, Toolbars.
A list of all toolbars displays. The toolbars with their icon
depressed or a check mark beside them are visible; the
toolbars whose icons are not depressed or without a check mark are hidden.
2 Turn several toolbars on and off to see the commands.

Commend Manager


The Command Manager is a context-sensitive toolbar that dynamically updates primarily based on
the toolbar you desire to access. By default, it has toolbars embedded in it primarily based on the
document type.
When you click on a button in the manage area, the Command Manager updates to exhibit that
toolbar. For example, if you click on Sketch in the manipulate area, the diagram equipment show up in the Command Manager

Use the CommandManager to access toolbar buttons in a central location and to save
space for the graphics area.

Mouse Buttons

Mouse buttons function in the following ways:
Left – Selects menu items, entities in the pictures area, and objects in the
Feature Manager sketch tree.
Right – Displays the context-sensitive shortcut menus.
Middle – Rotates, pans, and zooms the view of a section or an assembly, and pans in a