Introduction to SolidWorks

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CAD 230

       Course Name: Introduction to SolidWorks

       Credits: 3 (2 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Fundamental exploration of the theory and application of solid modeling techniques for product design and manufacturing using SolidWorks Parametric modeling software.  Students will learn how to take computer sketches and transform them into 3 Dimensional Features.  Parametric modeling techniques will be further explored to teach students how to create computer models of plastic molded parts, castings, and sheet metal.   Students will also learn photorealistic rendering and animation of 3 dimensional models to visually communicate design ideas. 

IV.   Learning Objectives

The main objective is to develop the student's ability to analyze and solve problems in a lab environment utilizing Computer Assisted Design (CAD) systems and techniques. The emphasis is on the correct use of the CAD System for drawing competency and proper graphic presentation.  Drawing problems will focus on industry related design problems.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

See D2L

  1. Introduction to the Interface Lecture
    Modeling Theory - Sketching and Base Feature Geometry Creation. Lab
  2. Part Modeling
    Secondary Feature Creation. Fillets, Chamfers, Draft, Patterns.
  3. Building Assemblies (Bottom-Up Method)
  4. Creating Drawings. Review for Mid Term
  5. Mid Term Exam Lab
  6. Modeling Complex Shapes (Sweeps, Lofts, Complex Curves)
  7. Advanced Assemblies Creation (Top-Down Method)
  8. Advanced Drawing Creation and Sheet Metal Fabrication
  9. Photo-realistic Rendering and Animation of solids.
    Review for Final
  10. Final Lab
The instructor reserves the right to make adjustments by informing the class accordingly.

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Lecture demonstration of drawing techniques with a hands on focus emphasizing the solution of drawing problems.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Inside SolidWorks 2nd Edition
Author: David Murray
ISBN: 0-7668-2348-2

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Drawings will be graded according to standard drawing conventions provide on assignment sheets, notes and handouts.  Late submissions will incur a 10% late fee.

A 90%
B 80%
C 70%
D 60%
F Below 60%
Attendance 10%

XI.   Other Course Information

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

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  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
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