2017 Introduction to SOLIDWORKS Now Available!


SOLIDWORKS for Beginners is now called Introduction to SOLIDWORKS and has been updated for 2017. This course is designed for brand new SOLIDWORKS users. In just a few hours you will learn how to navigate the SOLIDWORKS interface, create sketches, set up parametric relationships, and create 3D models. You will also learn the basics of creating assemblies, and how to generate 2D production drawings of both parts and assemblies.

Introduction to SOLIDWORKS 2017 consists of 57 video lessons and 13 hands-on exercises.

SOLIDWORKS 2017 Essentials for Parts and Assemblies

Introduction to SOLIDWORKS 2017 is included in SolidProfessor Standard memberships. Members can log in to check out Introduction to SOLIDWORKS 2017. Stay tuned for more SOLIDWORKS 2017 course updates!


  • User Interface
  • View Manipulation


  • Sketch Tools
  • Geometric Relations
  • Dimensions
  • Extrude Feature
  • 3 hands-on exercises cover creating your first sketch, extrude, and editing geometry

Part Design

  • Basic Parts
  • Holes and the Hole Wizard
  • Mirror Feature
  • Rollback Bar and Order of Features
  • Fillets
  • 2 hands-on exercises cover creating a mounting block, and bracket

Revolve and Pattern

  • Revolve Feature
  • Cutout and Circular Pattern
  • 2 hands-on exercises cover creating a pinion mount, and strainer

Assembly Design

  • Basic Assemblies
  • Mates
  • Exploded View
  • Sub-assemblies
  • 3 hands-on exercises cover creating a basic moving assembly, a brace, and a scissor jack


  • Basic Drawings
  • Drawing views
  • Dimensions and Associativity
  • Annotations
  • Bill of Materials
  • Balloons
  • 3 hands-on exercises cover creating clevis, and holder part drawings, as well as a brace assembly drawing

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