Archive for the ‘Tutorials’ Category & SolidWorks Official Youtube Channel

August 5th, 2009
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Thanks to Josh at solidsmack I found out about the latest 3DVia web resource: where there are indeed some nice tutorials on 3DVia Composer (and the other range of 3D Via products). Interesting to see that its powered by wordpress, and uses Youtube to store its TV videos. I have added the direct RSS feed to my solidworks planet so I’ll see the latest videos as they get added. You can do the same too ( ).
Some of the 3DVia Composer tutorials include:

  • Multi-Column BOMs
  • Toolbars & Hotkeys
  • Information about Textures
  • Kinematics and animation
  • Animating Fluid and Liquid movement

I’ve picked out one of my favourite videos from the 3DVia Channel:

SolidWorks Official Youtube Channel

When I went digging more, I found that SolidWorks has quite an updated Youtube channel with some tutorials (albeit only a few ). Again you will be able to get the RSS feed from It’ll be interesting to see what appears there. One tutorial which caught my eye was on creating a chassis for a formula racing kart. The video covered creating a custom weldment profile, creating the 3D sketches, starting with the suspension and finally trimming all the members.

Well I hope to see lots of useful videos getting added to these two channels. On one hand youtube is a good medium for hosting videos, however on the other hand, youtube is blocked in many companies. Hopefully you’ll be able to get an exception or a workaround. The hardest part about the plethora of videos is that there are too many, and a lot of poor quality. Hopefully these will be good ones to watch.


Old SolidWorks Video Tutorials

April 26th, 2009

sw-educational-resourcesDuring my postgraduate in the University of Limerick, I was both a Teaching Assistant and Lecturer in CAD Modelling using SolidWorks. As part of the module I taught to undergraduates studying engineering/construction teachers, I put a course of Video Tutorials on SolidWorks together.
SolidWorks 2003 was used in making the videos. It looks very different from SolidWorks today, without the command manager and RealView effects. Anyways the videos themselves (which have no sound/voice-over) are still very relevant. If your learning SolidWorks or going through a SolidWorks Essentials Course, you’ll find some exercises familiar.

SolidWorks Educational Material & Resources Website

I know there are a phletora of video tutorials available on SolidWorks, but seeing as they are my own, I said I’d post them here.


3dVia Composer Tutorials

April 26th, 2009

3dviacomposer_logo3DVIA Composer is part of the Dassault Systemes SolidWorks Corporation Product lineup. 3DVIA Composer is used to create documentation, manuals, instructions etc. for 3d models. 3DVIA saves you from having to take an endless number of screenshots of your completed model for use in an Assembly/Repair manual etc. 3dVia allows you to take snapshots and link these to a final document. If the 3d model/assembly changes in SolidWorks, the images and manual can update automatically.

Anyways, there is a nice tutorial website  (copy of website) setup. Here is a screenshot of it.

3DVIA Composer Tutorials Website

3DVIA Composer Tutorials Website

 If you want any more assistance or help on 3dVia Composer head over to the SolidWorks Forum ( The SolidWorks Forum is an excellent place to learn more about a particular area. After the SolidWorks Knowledge Base (, its my second port of call for information.

Updated Tutorial Links, Oct, 2010
Updated Tutorial Link, April, 2011