SOLIDWORKS Advanced Update

Become more productive with the latest release

Training Course Contents

The focus of the SOLIDWORKS Advanced Update course is to learn the advanced functionality within the core SOLIDWORKS product including all the features you wish you had known about before.

Including content from the most recent releases of SOLIDWORKS, the training will help you to develop an efficient skillset with the most advanced features and functionality.

The Advanced Update course is not a replacement for the SOLIDWORKS Essentials, as the course is designed for users that already have a solid foundation in SOLIDWORKS

This training course will help you to:

  • Master the core functionality within SOLIDWORKS.
  • Develop a deeper understanding of the latest tools and efficiency techniques in SOLIDWORKS.
  • Optimize Components and create Drawings much faster than before.
  • Reduce and eliminate errors; know how to troubleshoot parts and assemblies using best practices.

Course Info at a glance

In-class 3 Day course (6 hours/day)

Or Online 4 Days (5 hours/day)

Intermediate/Advanced Level

Course Preview

Examples of models featured in the SOLIDWORKS Advanced Update

Requirements & Benefits


At least 1 month using software

A working knowledge of Photography

Features Targeted

Part Configurations

Boolean Operations


Skills you will acquire

More efficient with everyday tasks

Up-to-date with the latest release

Ability to troubleshooting & fix models

SOLIDWORKS Advanced Update Lessons

This course will concentrate on (but will not be limited to) the following topics:

Lesson 1: Efficient Customization and User Interface

  • Learn the most efficient ways for streamlining the interaction with the SOLIDWORKS User Interface. Techniques will include reduction in mouse travel, mouse clicks, using keyboard shortcuts, and more. Depending on the current practices adopted by each user, the time savings can equate to 20% to 70%.

Lesson 2: Best Practices for Sketching

  • Learn what's new in the SOLIDWORKS sketching environment. Content focuses on best practices and advanced productivity related tips for creating and managing sketch entities, relations, and dimensions.

Lesson 3: Patterns New Tools, Techniques and Best Practices

  • Learn the best practices for using Patterns with a focus on the productivity enhancements introduced in the latest three releases of SOLIDWORKS. Leveraging these enhancements can be the difference between “re-inventing the wheel” and fully automating the modeling process.

Lesson 4: Design Intent Changes: Troubleshooting and Repairing Errors

  • Learn how to clone older jobs and modify them to generate models and drawings for new jobs. In this process, users need to modify geometry which results in broken features, constrains, relations and mates. Learning how to quickly troubleshoot and fix what is broken is paramount for your team’s productivity.
  • Also, during this lesson, users will master best practices for collaborating and documenting their models. The more information is inserted in the model, the easier it will be for a designer to understand the design intent in a previous job and quickly modify it to match the new requirements.
  • This lesson also covers important best practices for modeling, to minimize the need for modification based on design intent changes.

Lesson 5: Advanced Configuration Management in Parts

  • Mastering configurations is a must for your team. In the lastest releases of SOLIDWORKS there are many enhancements in this area. We will ensure all team members learn how to apply the best practices for configuration management directly in their projects.

Lesson 6: Boolean Operations in Multibody Parts

  • Learn how to use Boolean operations inside a multibody environment. Knowing how to use Boolean operations at the part and assembly levels could be the difference between wasting time and getting the job done. Sometimes, these types of techniques are the only solutions to modeling challenges. This lesson entails:
    • Understanding the multibody environment functionality.
    • Using Boolean operations to perform quick parametric edits and avoid re-inventing the wheel.
    • Using Boolean operations to eliminate unnecessary geometry complexity by filling internal cavities.
    • Creating smart library parts.

Lesson 7: Best Practices for Bottom-Up Assembly Modeling

  • The latest releases of SOLIDWORKS introduced new tools that enhance the efficiency for assembly modeling. After attending this lesson, users will master techniques that could make them twice as fast when building a new or modifying an existing assembly.

Lesson 8: Best Practices for Exploded Views

  • Learning how to use the latest tools and techniques introduced by SOLIDWORKS 2016 and 2017 for creating Exploded Views is very important to quickly create detailed images for manuals. This lesson is a good foundation for learning SOLIDWORKS Composer in the future.


Lesson 9: Advanced Mate Techniques

  • Every SOLIDWORKS user, even power-users will gain efficiencies from learning better mate techniques. The lesson includes
    • How to easily find, change, and configure mates, as well as how to copy components with mates. These techniques are great productivity enhancers that are guaranteed to result in huge time savings.
    • Mating methodology for 6 DOF Robots.

Lesson 10: Smart Components

  • Learn how to insert intelligence at the part level, so when a component is inserted in the assembly, it can automatically add and mate other components, or generate new features in the assembly. We envision the possibility of how simply inserting a part could trigger automatic changes in the assembly to suit that part. Smart components are well suited for this type of process.

Lesson 11: Advanced Component Patterns

  • Learn how to take advantage of assembly patterns as considerable time savers. Improper application of these tools can result in slow-downs, so understanding the impact and proper usage of these tools is essential.
  • Creating Chain Patterns for transmission or energy chains.

Lesson 12: Best Practices for Assembly Configurations

  • Learn the best practices for using Assembly level configurations. Users will learn the latest tips and tricks to expand their capabilities in performing the following functions:
    • Design automation.
    • Quick bulk edits and revisions.
    • Design simplification.
    • Alternate position views.
    • Custom Property management.
    • Table generation.

Lesson 13: Assembly Validation Tools

  • Learn how to perform quick checks to ensure that all holes are aligned, all clearances are respected, no interference is present, and more. This is essential for users to avoid assembly errors.

Lesson 14: Design States and Appearances

  • Learn how to use Display States in assemblies. It is one of the best tools for saving time when working with large assemblies.
  • Users will understand the separate roles of configurations and display states in an assembly.
  • Users will learn the best practices for selecting the best tool for the job.

Lesson 15: Advanced Selections in Assemblies

  • Learn how to use advanced selection tools and create selection sets for additional time savings when working in large assemblies.
  • Learn how to select once and reuse such selections as input for many operations.

Lesson 16: Best practices for using the new Magnetic Mates

  • Learn how to use the new magnetic mates and asset publishing, which are perfect for quickly creating layouts and conceptual

Lesson 17: Best practices for Large Assembly Management

  • In 2017, SOLIDWORKS introduced game changing tools for large assembly management. Learn how to harness the potential offered by these tools in developing new and very effective techniques for predicting, troubleshooting and drastically reducing slowdowns when working with large and complex assemblies.


"I liked the balance between explanation and practical. Introduced many new concepts. The new knowledge of shortcuts, hot keys, and menus will reduce time spent on modeling and increase my efficency."

— Michael Mohan, ATS Automation

"Learned a more efficient use of SOLIDWORKS including features I have not been using. Like multiple displays in drawing and large assembly techniques most useful"

— Matthew Cunningham, Primech

"The instructor covered additional material during the SOLIDWORKS Advanced Update course which will prove to be useful."

— Phil Vermeeren, Jefferson Elora Corporation

"Javelin provided exposure to otherwise unknown SOLIDWORKS capabilities.  Instructor was not only knowledgeable but very passionate.  The knowledge gained will have a positive impact on our overall efficiency."

— Tom Kurzava, Colonial Tool Group

Training Methods

Choose from three different training methods available to you

SOLIDWORKS Group Training

Group/Public Training

Receive SOLIDWORKS training as a group in a traditional classroom environment.

Classes can be taken in one of our 12 training locations across Canada using SOLIDWORKS approved training content and methodologies.

  • Cost effective training method.
  • Leave the office to concentrate on learning.
  • Learn more through group questions and feedback.
SOLIDWORKS Online Training

Live Online Training

With our online training you will experience an interactive learning environment where you can give feedback, gain access to the SOLIDWORKS training files and get time to work on training exercises.

  • Online courses are typically half day sessions.
  • More effective than video based training, with recorded videos learners are often not as focused on the training and skip exercises.
SOLIDWORKS Onsite Training

Onsite at your location

Receive training at your place of work. This style of flexible training is perfect for teams or individuals who are faced with a specific challenge and require personalized courses with on-the-job coaching.

  • Use our state-of-the-art mobile classroom at your facility.
  • Bring your team up to a consistent level of knowledge by having them take the same training at the same time.
  • Benefit from flexible scheduling options.

Upcoming Classes

Choose a SOLIDWORKS Advanced Update class from the list below

  • StartDurationLocationPricing
    Monday, 3rd June, 20193 Days (6 hours/day)Oakville, ON.Get a Quote
    Monday, 22nd July, 20194 Days (5 hours/day)OnlineGet a Quote

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