E5 Lab 2
Introduction to SolidWorks
This lab is to be done individually, though you should feel free
to consult with others and with the wizards while you are working. Each person should create a
design. You can find the SolidWorks program on computers in Hicks 213 and
in the Trotter computer lab.
Familiarize yourself with SolidWorks by going through the tutorial from "Introduction to Solid
Modeling Using SolidWorks 2012," by Howard and Musto. There should
be hard copies in the the lab, or you can get a
pdf version online.
If you don't finish the lab today, copies of the tutorial will be in Hicks
213 (the computer lab). You may skip the
tutorial if you already know SolidWorks.
Create a design using SolidWorks to demonstrate that you you can
use the program. The design need not be elaborate, but must meet the following requirements:
Save your Solidwork design file (a file with extension ".SLDPRT")
somewhere you can access it later. Email it to yourself, or use
This is important! The design must fit within a
1.75 x 1.75" square when viewed
from the front. When you create the new design, remember to
units to inches (as in the tutorial). This is important!
The depth of the design must be no more than 0.5".
The resolution available is about 0.01". If you try to
make finer details they won't appear.
A simple example (the yin-yang symbol I passed around in class), is shown below.
- You can change the color of your object (or parts of it) in SolidWorks. Your design
will be printed in ABS, Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene, plastic (a common
plastic used in everything from plumbing to legos) - probably white.
- You might also consider adding text (while editing a sketch, go to
Though be aware that text must be relatively large because of the limited
resolution of fabrication.
- You can make interesting shapes using sweeps or thin features.
- Go through some of the built-in SolidWorks tutorial (start the SolidWorks program and go to
- We have copies of the "Introduction to Solid Modeling..." books
in the lab in Hicks 213; please don't remove them. Explore some of the other chapters if you want to
know SolidWorks better.
To turn in
To complete the first lab you need to do two things:
- Go back to the
page and submit your Solidwork design file.
- Add an image of the part you created to your wiki page. From SolidWorks you can do
to save image to clipboard. Capture
As and save as a jpeg (.jpg) image files, or go to