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

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Examples of models featured in the SOLIDWORKS Advanced Update

Requirements & Benefits


At least 1 month using software

Access to latest SOLIDWORKS release

Features Targeted

Part Configurations

Assemblies & Mates

Sketching best practices

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: User Interface Customization

  • Learn the most efficient ways for streamlining interaction with the SOLIDWORKS User Interface. Techniques include a reduction in mouse travel and clicks, keyboard shortcuts, and more. Depending on each designer’s current practices, the time savings will be between 20% to 70%.

Lesson 2: Sketching Best Practices

  • Learn what is new in the SOLIDWORKS sketching environment, as well as the best practices and advanced productivity tips for creating and managing sketch entities, relations and dimensions.

Lesson 3: Feature Patterns

  • 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: Part Configurations and Design Library

  • Learn how to apply the best practices for configuration management directly in projects, including how to suppress features by configuration and how to use the design library to insert features into a part.

Lesson 5: Advanced Filleting and Direct Editing

  • Learn advanced options available with fillets and best practices to apply advanced fillet types. Techniques for directly modifying the faces that exist in models and imported geometry with no feature information for making changes are also covered.

Lesson 6: Repairing and Editing Imported Geometry

  • Learn the best practices to diagnose and repair problems with imported geometry, as well as edit imported geometry using surfacing modeling techniques.

Lesson 7: Assembly Best Practices and Advanced Mates

  • Learn techniques to easily find, change and configure mates, and how to copy components with mates. This includes how to apply a mate reference and use it for efficient assembly.

Lesson 8: Assembly Editing & Patterns

  • Learn tools and best practices to identify assembly needs to better meet design requirements. This includes replacing and modifying components, troubleshooting an assembly, controlling dimensions in an assembly and mirroring components.

Lesson 9: Assembly Configurations and Mate Controller

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

Lesson 10: Exploded Views

  • Learn how to use the latest tools and techniques for creating Exploded Views, for assembly instructions and manuals.

Lesson 11: Display States, Appearances, and Advanced Selection Tools

  • Learn how to use display states in assemblies, as a time-savings tool for working with large assemblies. Designers will understand the separate roles of configurations and display states in an assembly, and the best practices for selecting the best tool for the job.
  • Learn how to use advanced selection tools and create selection sets for additional time savings when working in large assemblies. This includes how to reuse such selections as input for many operations.

Lesson 12: Large Assembly Management

  • Learn techniques for predicting, troubleshooting, and reducing slowdowns when working with large and complex assemblies.
Bonus Lesson A: 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.
Bonus Lesson B: Facility Layouts with Magnetic Mates
  • Learn how to use the new magnetic mates and asset publishing tools, which are perfect for quickly creating layouts and adding assets to an assembly.


"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

  • Start Duration Location Pricing
    Monday, 20th July, 2020 4 Days (5 hours/day) Online Get a Quote
    Monday, 31st August, 2020 4 Days (5 hours/day) Online Get a Quote
    Monday, 2nd November, 2020 3 Days (6 hours/day) Oakville, ON. Get a Quote
    Monday, 23rd November, 2020 4 Days (5 hours/day) Online Get a Quote

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