Chapter 1. Getting Started

Chapter Objectives

Learn how to create a sketch

Learn how to create a file/part

Learn how to create a solid model

Learn how to edit angular and circular shapes

Learn how to draw holes

Learn how to use Sketch tools

Learn how to change units of a part

1-1 Introduction

SolidWorks is a parametric modeler. A solid modeler uses dimensions, parameters, and relationships to define and drive 3D shapes. Solid modelers make it easy to edit and modify parts as they are constructed. This capability is ideal for creating new designs.

Parametric modelers use dimensions to drive the shapes. For example, to create a line of a defined length, a line is first sketched, and then the length dimension is added. The line ...

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