SolidWorks—as you might already know—is a solid modeling CAD and CAE program. Owned by Dassault Systèmes, SolidWorks is used by millions of engineers and designers worldwide. With so many capabilities, it’s no surprise to find that it competes with the best in the CAD industry—allowing users to push the boundaries with design and engineering. You might already think of yourself as an expert in SolidWorks, but do you know about SolidWorks’ history?

Scan2CAD is here to educate users on SolidWorks’ turbulent and interesting history. So, if you want to know about its origins, version history, and its many uses, simply read on.


SolidWorks was founded in December 1993 by Jon Hirschtick who used the $1 million he made while a member of the MIT Blackjack Team to set up the company. Hirschtick then recruited a team of engineers who set out with the aim of creating 3D CAD software. It was intended to be accessible, affordable and available on Windows desktop.

Soon after, in November 1995, SolidWorks was released. It was the first significant modeler for Windows. This proved to be a huge step in the subsequent evolution of CAD. While AutoCAD had been released much earlier, SolidWorks brought something new to the table—3D modeling. Consequently, 3D CAD became the focal point of the 1990s. Within months, SolidWorks changed the way engineers brought their creations to life.

SolidWorks was so impressive in fact, that by 1997 it was acquired by none other than Dassault Systèmes—best known for CATIA—for a staggering $320 million in stock. Jon Hirschtick stayed on board for the next 14 years. Under his leadership, SolidWorks grew to a $100 million revenue company. Hirschtick later left to found another familiar company, Onshape, offering cloud-based CAD.

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Total Duration : 60 Hour  

Session 1  

Introduction to CAD,

Features of SolidWorks,  

Various products available in SolidWorks for Product Design,

Simulation, Communication  

SolidWorks Graphical User Interface – Feature manager design tree,

Callouts, Handles, Confirmation corner, mouse buttons,  keyboard shortcuts, Command Manager,  

Hardware and Software  requirements, SolidWorks Task Scheduler, SolidWorks Rx.  

Session 2  


  Sketch Entities – Inference line, Centerline line, Line, Circle, Arc,  Ellipse, Rectangle, Slots, Polygon, Parabola, Ellipse, Partial Ellipse,  Spline, Spline tools, Spline on surface, Equation driven curve, Points, Text, Construction geometry, Snap, grid,  


Session 3  

Sketch Tools – Fillet, Chamfer, Offset, Convert entities, Intersection curve, Face curve, Trim, Extend, Split, Jog Line, Construction Geometry, Mirror, Dynamic Mirror, Move, Copy, Rotate, Scale,  Stretch,  Sketch pattern , Polygon,Make path, Close Sketch To Model, Sketch picture, Check Sketch for Feature, Area hatch/Fill  

Relations – Adding Sketch Relation, Automatic relations,  Dimensioning – Smart, Horizontal, Vertical, Ordinate, Horizontal ordinate, Vertical ordinate, Align ordinate, Fully define sketch. Sketch Diagnosis, SketchXpert, 3D Sketching, Rapid Sketch  


Session 4  



Part Modeling Tools  Creating reference planes  

Creating Extrude features – Direction1, Direction2, From option,  

Thin feature, Applying draft, Selecting contours  

Creating Revolve features – Selecting Axis, Thin features, Selecting contours  

 Creating Swept features-Selecting, Profile and Path,  

Orientation/twist type, Path Alignment, Guide Curves, Start/End tangency, Thin feature  

Symmetry and Draft- Selecting the symmetry and to be able to do draft analysis

Session 5  

Creating Loft features – Selecting Profiles, Guide curves, Start/End Constraints, Centerline parameters, Sketch tools, Close loft.  

Selecting geometries – Selection Manager, Multiple Body concepts  

Creating Reference – points, axis, coordinates  

Inserting Hole types

Creating Pattern – Linear pattern, Circular pattern, Sketch driven pattern, Curve driven pattern, Table driven pattern, Fill pattern, mirror  



Session 6  

 Shelling and Ribs-



Session 7  

Creating Chamfer  


Creating Shell  

Creating Rib  

Session 8  

Design Changes

Inserting Fastening features- Mounting boss, snap hook, Snap hook groove, Vent  

Session 9  

Environment & Utilities – Working with views and manipulating views, Trouble shooting  

Inserting Library feature, Adding Configuration, Inserting Design table, System options, Measuring Geometries, Calculating Mass  Properties, Feature Statistics, Working With Equations  

Session 10  


Session 11

Global Variables and Equations

Session 12  

Using Drawings

Session 13  



Assembly Modeling Tools  

Introduction to Assembly Modeling & Approaches – Top down and

Bottom up approach  

Applying Standard Mates- Coincident, Parallel, Perpendicular, Tangent, Concentric, Lock, Distance, Angle.  

Applying Advanced Mates – Symmetric, Width, Path Mate, Linear/Linear Coupler, Limit Mate.  

Applying Mechanical Mates – Cam, Hinge, Gear, Rack Pinion, Screw, Universal Joint.  

Applying Smart mates  

Applying Mate reference  

Creating Explode Views  

 Top Down Design – Layout Sketch, Work Part In the Context of an assembly.