SolidWorks is a solid modeling computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided engineering (CAE) software that runs on Microsoft Windows. SolidWorks is published by Dassault Systèmes.
How to use Solidworks:
1. Open the application by double-clicking on the desktop icon or selecting it from the Start menu.
2. Choose one of the following: New Part, New Assembly, or New Drawing. If you are unsure, select New Part.
3. The next window will ask you to select a template. Unless you are starting with a specific file type in mind, leave the default option, Standard part, selected and click OK.
4. The main SolidWorks window will now open. On the left side is the FeatureManager design tree, in the center is the graphics area where you will build your model, and on the right are various tools and menus.
5. To start building your model, select a sketching tool from the Sketch toolbar (located on the left side of the screen).
6. Use the sketching tool to draw your 2D design.
7. Once you are finished sketching, click on the Finish Sketch button (or press Enter) to exit sketch mode.
8. The next step is to add features to your model. Features can be anything from holes and slots to solid bodies and surfaces.
9. To add a feature, select the appropriate tool from the Features toolbar (located on the right side of the screen).
10. Follow the prompts to complete the feature.
11. Repeat steps 9-10 until your model is complete.
12. To view your model in different orientations, select one of the View tools from the View toolbar (located on the right side of the screen).
13. To save your model, click on the Save icon from the main toolbar or select File > Save from the menu bar.
14. That’s it! You’ve now created a solid model using SolidWorks.