SOLIDWORKS Beginner’s Guide

Article by Rod Mackay updated December 4, 2020


Complete the form below to download the SOLIDWORKS Beginner’s Guide PDF to get an overview of 3D concepts and design processes in a high-level approach. A step-by-step tutorial for creating a part, assembly and drawing is also included.

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SOLIDWORKS Beginner’s Guide PDF

The SOLIDWORKS Beginner’s Guide is organized to reflect the way that you use the SOLIDWORKS software. It is structured around the basic SOLIDWORKS document types: parts, assemblies, and drawings. For example, you create a part before you create an assembly.

Throughout the guide, the design of a bathroom vanity (including a cabinet, a countertop, a faucet, and pipes) illustrates various tools and functions available to you in the software:

1FundamentalsIntroduces design concepts, SOLIDWORKS terminology, and provides an overview of help options.
2PartsDemonstrates design methods, tools, and features commonly used to make parts.
3AssembliesShows how to add parts to an assembly, specify mates, and use in-context design methods.
4DrawingsDiscusses drawing sheet formats, views, dimensions, annotations, and bills of materials.
5Engineering TasksExamines add-in applications, utilities, and other resources to complete advanced tasks.
Step-by-step LessonStep-by-Step Provides guided instruction to perform basic tasks.
ExercisesExercises Provides sample exercises to practice the material.


After you have completed the SOLIDWORKS Beginner’s Guide

The guide will give you an overview of SOLIDWORKS principles but to get the most out of your technology investment it’s best to take the time to learn how to use software effectively

SOLIDWORKS Essentials Training

The SOLIDWORKS Essentials course will help you gain an understanding of SOLIDWORKS, along with the best 3D modeling practices, the course ultimately ensures maximum efficiency and productivity for new SOLIDWORKS users.

Real life case studies are used to illustrate processes, teaching everything you need to know for building parametric models of parts and assemblies, and making production drawings.

The course is available live online and you can check the course schedule for the upcoming training dates and get a quote »

Watch the video below to get a preview of the course and learn about the benefits of taking SOLIDWORKS Essentials training:

MySolidWorks Free Video Training

MySolidWorks is a web portal that helps you be more more productive by connecting you with relevant SOLIDWORKS® content and services—anytime, anywhere, and on any device. With MySolidWorks, you can get answers about SOLIDWORKS, learn more with free tutorials on a variety of topics. The tutorials are grouped into learning paths and include basic parts, and assemblies. Note that some of the tutorials are only available to SOLIDWORKS Subscription Customers.

Watch the demo video below to learn more about MySolidWorks:


SOLIDWORKS Help contains a comprehensive set of tutorials that provide step-by-step instruction on many of the features of SOLIDWORKS. After you complete the Step-by-Step Lesson in this document, progress to Lessons 1, 2, and 3 in the SOLIDWORKS tutorials.

SOLIDWORKS Help Tutorials

SOLIDWORKS Help Tutorials

Need more advanced SOLIDWORKS Training?

Javelin provides 40+ SOLIDWORKS related online training courses covering a wide variety of topics from surfacing to rendering to GD&T. Complete the form above to download the guide and gain access to our training catalogue for training course pricing and check our schedule for the upcoming live SOLIDWORKS training courses »

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Rod Mackay

Rod has been using 3D CAD software for over 25 years and has trained thousands of designers to use their CAD systems more effectively. Rod is the Javelin Webmaster and is based in Ottawa, ON., Canada.