SOLIDWORKS Assembly Modeling

Master the use of SOLIDWORKS for creating and editing assemblies

Training Course Contents

The SOLIDWORKS Assemblies training course is a must for anyone who creates or uses assemblies in their SOLIDWORKS designs.

You will learn how to parametrically relate different components in the context of an assembly, master the art of creating and managing all types of mates, save time designing complex mechanisms, create multiple variations of your design, perform quick selections of components, and become confident working fast with large assemblies.

This training course will help you to:

  • Create assemblies using bottom-up and top-down design approaches
  • Control and automate your assemblies with configurations
  • Resolve assembly design problems
  • Use sketches to layout the design of your assemblies
  • Better manage large assemblies and save time

Course Info at a glance

In-class 3 Day course (6 hours/day)

Or Online 5 Days (4 hours/day)

Intermediate/Advanced Level

Course Preview

Watch the video to get an overview of the SOLIDWORKS Assembly Modeling course

Requirements & Benefits


At least 1 month using software

Able to take time out for training

Features Targeted

Assembly Mates

Assembly Layouts

Assembly Performance

Skills you will acquire

Resolving Assembly Issues

Using Configurations

Assembly Optimization

SOLIDWORKS Assembly Modeling Lessons

The following lessons are included in the course

Lesson 1: Understanding Assemblies 

  • SOLIDWORKS Assemblies
  • Assembly File Structure
  • File References
  • External Reference Search Order
  • Solving Mates

Lesson 2: Advanced Mate Techniques 

  • Advanced Mates
  • Case Study: SmartMates and Mate References
  • Adding Mate References
  • Design Library Parts
  • Capture Mate References
  • Advanced and Mechanical Mate Types
  • Case Study: Advanced Mates
  • Summary: Inserting and Mating Components
  • Multiple Mate Mode
  • Using Copy with Mates
  • Case Study: Copy With Mates
  • Mate Options

Lesson 3: Top-Down Assembly Modeling 

  • Stages in the Process
  • Case Study: Building In-context Parts
  • Building Parts in an Assembly
  • In-Context Features
  • Propagating Changes
  • Saving Virtual Parts as External
  • External References
  • Breaking External References
  • Removing External References

Lesson 4: Assembly Features, Smart Fasteners & Components 

  • Assembly Features and Smart Fasteners
  • Assembly Features
  • Case Study: Assembly Features
  • Stages in the Process
  • Smart Fasteners
  • Smart Components

Lesson 5: Using Configurations with Assemblies 

  • Stages in the Process
  • Case Study: Assembly Configurations
  • Component Patterns
  • Creating Configurations Manually
  • Configuration Properties
  • Using Configure Component
  • Configuration Publisher

Lesson 6: Display States and Appearances 

  • Display States
  • Bulk Selection Tools
  • Case Study: Display States
  • Advanced Select
  • Envelopes
  • Appearances, Materials and Scenes
  • Case Study: Appearances and Materials

Lesson 7: Assembly Editing 

  • Key Topics
  • Editing Activities
  • Case Study: Assembly Editing
  • Replacing and Modifying Components
  • Troubleshooting an Assembly
  • Replacing Components Using Save As
  • Mirroring Components
  • Hole Alignment
  • Controlling Dimensions in an Assembly
  • Sensors
  • Case Study: Sensors

Lesson 8: Layout-based Assembly Design 

  • Key Topics
  • Case Study: Clamp
  • Blocks
  • Inserting Blocks
  • Creating a Part from a Block
  • Gear and Pulley Motion in Blocks
  • Case Study: Gears and Pulleys

Lesson 9: Large Assemblies 

  • Key Topics
  • Lightweight Components
  • Large Assembly Mode
  • Case Study: Large Assembly Options
  • Using SpeedPak
  • Defeature
  • Using Configurations with Large Assemblies
  • Modifying the Structure of an Assembly
  • Assembly Visualization
  • Large Design Review
  • Tips for Faster Assemblies
  • Drawing Considerations


"Training with Smart Mates & Mate References is without a doubt going to be a huge time saver for us. Having the ability to install components in assemblies with many fewer mouse clicks, multiplied by the number of users was without a doubt worth the cost of training alone."

— Bryan Januszkiewicz, CPC Pumps

"The instructor was able to answer my questions on the spot in every type of scenario. The techniques shown in the class will really help to speed up my daily SOLIDWORKS tasks."

— Terry Park, Pyrotek

"The SOLIDWORKS Assembly Modeling course provided techniques that I can apply to my design work. It has enhanced my abilities to create large assemblies very quickly."

— Amir Sadri, Bio-Rad

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 Assembly Modeling class from the list below

  • Start Duration Location Pricing
    Monday, 15th March, 2021 5 Days (4 hours/day) Online Get a Quote
    Monday, 10th May, 2021 5 Days (4 hours/day) Online Get a Quote

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