- SolidWorks is a parametric NURBS/spline based 3D mechanical CAD program that runs on Microsoft Windows and is being
developed by Dassault Systemes Corp. SolidWorks is currently used by over
2 million engineers and designers at more than 165,000 companies worldwide.
- The University of Oslo has got 500 Solidwork licences for educational purposes.
The typical design work flow
- Building a model in SolidWorks usually starts with making a part based on a
2D sketch. The sketch consists of geometry such as points, lines, arcs, and splines. Dimensions are added to the
sketch to define the size and location of the geometry. Relations are used to define attributes such as tangency,
parallelism, perpendicularity, and concentricity. The parametric nature of SolidWorks means that the dimensions and
relations drive the geometry, not the other way around. The dimensions in the sketch can be controlled independently, or
by relationships to other parameters inside or outside of the sketch.
- The first sketch in a part can be located on one of the 3 the basic xyz planes with no external references.
- If a part is to be made to fit to an already designed part, or a part imported from the web, or a part designed
to match any other physical object - motor, bracket, wheel etc., the original part can be
imported into the new part producing a starting point and guidelines for the new sketch.
- When the sketch is finished it can be used to make a
solid by various volume generating operations.
- When needed, the solid (volume) can be further modified by cutting holes in it or adding new solids to it. This is
normally done by locating a new 2D sketch on a proper
face of the original solid. This sketch is then used to add or cut new volumes in the original solid. This
procedure is repeated until the part is finished. If it is impossible to locate a new sketch on an already designed face,
one of the 3 basic xyz planes can be used or a
2D plane can be added to the part and the new sketch can be located on it.
- Most CAD models are assemblies which consists of several parts connected to each other in more or less
complicated ways. In an assembly, the analog to sketch relations are
mates. Just as sketch relations define conditions such as tangency, parallelism, and concentricity with
respect to sketch geometry, assembly mates define equivalent relations with respect to the individual parts or
components. SolidWorks also includes additional advanced mating features such as gear and cam follower mates, which
allow modeled gear assemblies to accurately reproduce the rotational movement of an actual gear train.
More advanced topics:
- The motion of the assembly can (easily) be simulated with gravity, inertia, external forces, motors,
springs, and so on.
- The strength of each part or assembly can (easily) be simulated by the finite element method
- If needed, various features of SolidWorks can be automated (programmed) by Visual Basic for Applications. In this
way SolidWorks can communicate with external programs and custom made simulations can be carried out.
- Parts and assemblies can (easily) be high quality rendered by the use of the Photoview360 plugin, and interactive
3D web graphics can (easily) be generated from a SolidWorks part or assembly in the 3DXML format or as 3D pdf.
- If traditional 2D drawings of the design is needed, this can be generated in the
drawings part of SolidWorks.
|Detailed description on how to use SolidWorks 2013
The official SolidWorks help
- if you need a reference
The s-key from Mats. Download it.
With SolidWorks NOT running, double-click on it and follow the instructions
You can run SolidWorks on:
Remote desktop on ifiserv-631.ifi.uio.no
- - It may be slow/sluggish
- + It will be fast
- - You need to download/install it first (will be available at the supervised project
- Locally on PCs at OJD-SED, RobinLab 4112 and OJD-LISP