Professional Course

Solidworks CAD Fundamentals

edX, Online
5 weeks
5 weeks
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Course description

Solidworks CAD Fundamentals

For over 25 years, SOLIDWORKS has been the trusted industry standard in mechanical design and engineering. Intuitive 3D modeling and product development solutions from SOLIDWORKS help you conceptualize, create, validate, communicate, manage, and transform your innovate ideas into great product designs.

This course uses many features to teach you the functionality of the SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software, including:

  • Over 100 videos created by SOLIDWORKS experts showing how to use the software. These are the same SOLIDWORKS experts who wrote the SOLIDWORKS Essentials book that has sold over 250,000 copies in the last 10 years!
  • Over 200 knowledge check questions to make sure you are on track.
  • Over 30 practice exercises that test your ability to create sketches, parts, and assemblies as well as to edit parts and assemblies. Many of these practice exercises are graded if you choose the Verified track.

When you are done this course, you will be prepared to attempt the Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate (CSWA) exam. SOLIDWORKS certifications can be used as a benchmark to measure your knowledge and competency with SOLIDWORKS software. The CSWA certification is the starting point for users looking to prove their knowledge to prospective employers.

Who should attend?


To practice the lessons learned in this course, you will need access to the SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software. If you do not own or have access to the SOLIDWORKS software, follow this link to learn about the 3D EXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS for Makers offer.

As an extra bonus, Verified learners receive 20% off 3D EXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS for Makers after enrollment in the course.

Course delivery details

This course is offered through Dassault Systèmes SOLIDWORKS, a partner institute of EdX.

2-4 hours per week


  • Verified Track -$99
  • Audit Track - Free

Certification / Credits

What you'll learn

In this course, you will learn the fundamental aspects of the SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software, including:

  • Creating sketches using entities such as lines, rectangles, arcs, and more. Use the Smart Dimension tool and sketch relations to define the shape and size of the sketch.
  • Adding features such as extruded bosses and cuts, revolves, patterns, and more to develop parts and simplify the design process.
  • Inserting parts into assemblies, defining the relationships between the parts using mates, and creating exploded views to visualize those relationships to make assembly modeling easy.
  • Creating detailed drawings and bills of materials of the parts and assemblies.
  • Using additional tools such as editing capabilities, configurations, reference planes and axes, and measure and mass properties.

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