Appendix B: What's on the Website


Reviewing the system requirements

Sample files and videos are available from the Wiley website at

To download sample files, click the Downloads tab. The download material consists of a single zip file for each chapter.

Extract the contents of the file to your hard drive in a location that's easy to access. The download material contains example and tutorial parts, assemblies, and drawings, as well as templates, macros, and tables as appropriate for each chapter. The files are organized within folders for each chapter and are named for the chapter and the function they demonstrate. Some of the files are starting points for tutorials, and some are finished models meant to be examined.

If you make changes to files, I recommend that you use the Save As command (File⇒Save As) to keep the original file intact. You also can retrieve originals from the original downloaded files again if needed.


I don't recommend that you open files directly from the Zip files, because SolidWorks responds with messages about read-only files.


The website includes a video introduction for each chapter, plus many video tutorials. The videos are narrated and offer another learning option to the print-only tutorials found in the book. The videos do not duplicate the print-only tutorials.

If you have trouble viewing the videos, you may need to install the TechSmith video codec from

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