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Basic Concepts

  • A SolidWorks model consists of 3D solid geometry in a part or assembly document.

  • Drawings are created from models, or by drafting views in a drawing document.

  • Typically, you begin with a sketch, create a base feature, and then add more features to your model. (You can also begin with an imported surface or solid geometry.)

  • You can refine your design by adding, editing, or reordering features.

  • Associativity between parts, assemblies, and drawings assures that changes made to one document or view are automatically made to all other documents and views.

  • You can generate drawings or assemblies at any time in the design process.

  • With a RealView-compatible graphics card installed, you can display photo-realistic models and environments.

  • Click Tools, Options on the main menu to display System Options and Document Properties.

  • The SolidWorks software saves your work for you with auto-recover. You can also choose to be reminded to save your work.

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