Advanced SolidWorks

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CAD 231

       Course Name: Advanced SolidWorks

       Credits: 3 (2 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

CAD 230

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

This course is an advanced exploration of the theory and application of solid modeling techniques for product design and manufacturing using SolidWorks. Topics covered include photorealistic rendering of computer models, animation, and advanced computer modeling techniques. Design topics include molded parts, sheet metal, detail drawings, and assemblies.

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:            

  • Advanced topics of SolidWorks.
  • SolidWorks 2D/3D drafting techniques.

To learn the SolidWorks graphical language.

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. Working with the Mold Tools, Cast part Lecture
    Applying complex draft, setback fillets, and using draft analysis.
    Modifying imported models, and cavity creation. Lab
  2. Assembly Automation methods for the workplace.
    Creating Pallet parts with mate references and custom properties.
  3. Advanced Drawings Automation, and parts with Equations
  4. Analyzing complex part topology, Review for Mid Term
  5. Mid Term Exam, Advanced animation
  6. Modeling complex shapes (surfacing and maintaining tangency)
  7. Exploring Layout/Skeleton assembly creation
  8. Sheet Metal fabrication, import and export translators
  9. Final Exam
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
can be found at

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