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New Class Series: Learn 3D Design and Modeling with SOLIDWORKS

The NIH Library is pleased to offer a new thirteen-part series of classes in 3D design and modeling using SOLIDWORKS. A computer-aided design and engineering software package, SOLIDWORKS facilitates 3D modeling design, analysis, and product data management.

The SOLIDWORKS class series will teach the basics of the SOLIDWORKS program in the first three classes. Subsequent classes build on that foundation with sessions that take you from turning your 2D sketches into 3D objects, to fine-tuning your models, and printing your designs. Sign up and learn how to turn your ideas into usable parts.

SOLIDWORKS classes begin January 12 and will be held every other Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., in the NIH Library Training Room. Classes go through June 29, for a total of thirteen one-hour sessions. Please note that you must attend the first three classes in the series in order to attend any of the subsequent classes. See below for individual class descriptions and registration information.

Register once to attend the first three SOLIDWORKS classes here, and then sign up for any or all of the additional classes in the series listed below. For questions, please contact Verma Walker at walkerve@ors.od.nih.gov or 301.435.8459.

SOLIDWORKS Classes 1-3

SOLIDWORKS Class 1: Thursday, January 12, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Start: Learn how to navigate SOLIDWORKS, including how to find tool bars, menu items, standard templates, and routine settings. The feature tree will be demonstrated as well as adaptive short cuts.

SOLIDWORKS Class 2: Thursday, January 26, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Extrude: Extrude your 2D sketch. Start with your 2D sketch, and then transform it into a 3D object. Learn how to use this feature to model “block type” objects.

SOLIDWORKS Class 3: Thursday, February 9, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Resolve: Make your designs come alive! Use Resolve to convert your 2D cross-sectional sketch into a 3D object.

Register below for any or all of the SOLIDWORKS classes beyond the first three classes.
Click on the links below to register. You must register for each class separately.

SOLIDWORKS Class 4: Thursday, February 23, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Fillet and Pattern: Learn how to soften the edges of your design using the fillet and pattern techniques and how to copy a model feature to use repetitively in your design.

SOLIDWORKS Class 5: Thursday, March 9, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Fasten: Put it all together with the wizard feature to model fasteners!  Impress colleagues with your ability to create drilled holes, threaded screws, and bolts.

SOLIDWORKS Class 6: Thursday, March 23, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Assemble: Learn how to make individual parts that can be assembled into more complex structures after printing.

SOLIDWORKS Class 7: Thursday, April 6, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Save and Share: Document your designs so they are easy to find, share, and use for 3D printing. Learn how to produce 2D engineering drawings from a 3D part or assembly, and then save those files to print them in 3D format. 

SOLIDWORKS Class 8: Thursday, April 20, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Shell: Create shells to customize enclosures or to be a support base for your project.

SOLIDWORKS Class 9: Thursday, May 4, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Mirror and Label: Learn how to create symmetrical features with the mirror feature and label your models with text and logos.

SOLIDWORKS Class 10: Thursday, May 18, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
More Assembly: Use common mate relationships to compile multiple parts into an assembly.

SOLIDWORKS Class 11: Thursday, June 1, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Drawing: Produce professional drawings for sharing, collaborating, and manufacturing.

SOLIDWORKS Class 12: Thursday, June 15, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Prep and Scale: Learn how to prepare models for printing, and how to scale models in 3D format for a variety of purposes.

SOLIDWORKS Class 13: Thursday, June 29, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Bonus Week! Learn how to create and print molds, and other user-requested topics.

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